Nervous wait over for OP scores
THE anxious wait for a life defining number was finally over for Year 12 students across the region as overall position (OP) scores were delivered to their inboxes early Saturday morning.
St Luke’s Anglican School 2009 dux Michelle Ong cut short a family trip to her birthplace Singapore in order to be back in time to receive her OP.
The early return was worth it with Michelle receiving the highest score possible – an OP of one.
“I screamed when I found out,” Michelle said.
Receiving a top score means Michelle will be able to attend any university and will be able to fulfil her dream of studying medicine.
“It doesn’t really matter which university I go to but I’m hoping the University of Queensland,” she said.
Ex-Shalom student Jason Hawe said he felt like nothing could wipe the smile off his face after hearing he had received an OP of two.
“I’m stoked with it. I’m pretty excited,” he said.
Jason said some text messages from friends at 1.30am on Saturday morning prompted him to check his score earlier than anticipated.
“I couldn’t sleep after I found out. I woke mum and dad and told them,” he said.
Despite receiving such a high score, Jason still has an anxious wait until university admissions arrive on January 14.
The commerce and law degree Jason wishes to study in the past two years has had an OP requirement of three.
“I’m pretty confident and reckon that I would have got it but we will just have to wait and see,” he said.
OP requirements for courses can change from year to year depending on how popular the degree is.
In North Bundaberg the celebrations were continuing after Aislinn Macintyre discovered she had received an OP of two.
“I was a bit stunned and then I ran to tell mum and dad,” she said.
The 2009 dux of North Bundaberg State School said she and her friends had immediately compared results over Facebook.
“Most of my friends have done really well, there were a lot of single figures,” she said.
Aislinn said it felt surreal now it was all over but was looking forward to studying environmental sciences in Brisbane.
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