TODAY marks the last day of exams for 2023 Year 12 students, and to those geography and tourism students about to complete their final high school task, I wish you the best of luck.
It has now been quite some time since I was in year 12, but I haven't forgotten the feelings of nervousness, expectation, and excitement that come with the completion of your high school journey.
It is often a bittersweet moment as you mark the end of a significant moment in your life.
Now, as you prepare to step into this new phase, it's important to remember that your final exams aren't the end, they are only the beginning.
Your ATAR is just a number, it does not define your worth or your potential.
Whether you are continuing further study, pursuing a trade, or embarking on a different path, countless opportunities await you.
My own journey started at the University of South Australia studying teaching.
This led to my first job as a high school teacher in Port Augusta, before becoming a restaurant owner and now a Member of Parliament.
My 18-year-old self could never have imagined this is where I would be now.
So, to all year 12 students as you finish your final exams, I offer my heartfelt best wishes.
Remember that success is not measured solely by academic achievements.
True success is a combination of personal growth, resilience, and the ability to adapt to life's twists and turns.
Embrace the challenges, learn from your mistakes, and celebrate the victories as they are all a part of the adventures that lie ahead.
Here's to the bright and promising future that awaits you.
Troy Bell, Member for Mount Gambier
MEMORIES: Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell in year 12.