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A chat with 2023 Dux Kelsey Smit – 99.7 ATAR

Dec 14, 2023

Congratulations to Kelsey Smit for her outstanding achievements! In her reflections below, she highlights her most memorable school experiences and acknowledges the significant role NBCS has played in shaping her character and influencing her future.

Which co-curricular activities did you participate in?

I was involved in a wide range of co-curricular activities, particularly sport. These allowed me to form friendships and connections beyond my usual friend circle and across different grades. They have also been a helpful way to take a mental break from studying.

How has NBCS helped shape your thinking?

NBCS’ focus on community and welfare has influenced my personal convictions. The open and welcoming approach to faith has broadened my perspective, enabling me to consider non-Christian views and enhancing my ability to articulate and communicate effectively. It has taught me how to work independently and collaboratively, as well as to give my best effort.

How did you balance all your studies and co-curricular activities in Year 12?

By understanding that there are points where you can’t do everything. I tried to avoid stress by allocating specific times for various tasks and ensuring I kept my activities separate within designated buckets.

If you could give your Year 11 self one piece of advice about the final two years of school, what would it be?

I’d advise my Year 11 self to work hard from day one, ensuring a balance between studying and self-care. Prioritise sleep, proper nutrition and regular breaks and choose subjects that you are passionate about!

What would you say is the key to your various achievements?

The key to my success lies in my perfectionist nature. I’m self-driven and hold myself to high standards, constantly pushing to meet and exceed my own expectations.

What was the most memorable thing you did at NBCS?

There have been so many moments, like being a part of the NSW Parliament’s Student Leadership Program at Parliament House alongside Tom, where we met other school leaders and build lasting relationships. I have also really enjoyed being part of our school’s sports teams. NBCS encourages you to try out new things and there have been so many opportunities for me to explore my passions and interests.

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