Friends, Family Sophia’s Year 12 Rock

12th December 2019

Year 12 Girton Grammar School graduate and Science degree hopeful, Sohpia O’Brien, has relied on family and friends this year and says that they, along with her teachers, have believed in her, even when she has not believed in herself.

“It can be easy to underestimate yourself, especially when you are stressed. My teachers have given me so much reassurance this year, providing positive feedback and always encouraging me.

“All of my teachers have been incredibly supportive and understanding, and I couldn’t ask for better friends and family. I’m really not sure how I could have done Year 12 without them,” Sophia said.

This year, Sophia has studied Chemistry, Legal Studies, Literature, Mathematical Methods, and Specialist Mathematics. She hopes to commence a Science degree next year at Melbourne University with the aim of keeping career doors open. Sophia says that the best thing about her journey at Girton has been the relationships that she has formed.

“The school has a really warm, welcoming environment and I’m lucky enough to have formed some friendships that I hope will last for life.
“My favourite thing about Year 12 has been how close everyone in the year level has become. There are so many people who I have gotten to know a lot better this year through things like the Year 12 Easter egg hunt.

“I especially love how we all helped each other get through our final year of school together,” Sophia said.

Sophia’s favourite subject this year has been Literature, which she says created a nice change from her other subjects because of its expressive nature.

“Literature has provided a really nice change from my other subjects and Dr Itter is an amazing Literature teacher who I am lucky to have had for Year 11 and Year 12.

“I think the most important thing to remember throughout Year 12 is the big picture. This year is only one of many, and regardless of how you go, there are so many pathways and opportunities,” Sophia said.