The HSC can drain every inch of your energy.

Whether you are already a fully fledged otaku like me or an alien to the world of Japanese anime culture, be prepared to be inspired! I am here not only to inspire you with wise words, but to provide you with a fool proof step-by-step guide to get your head in check. So let’s not waste any time and get straight into it.

Step 1

“An eye for an eye my friend.” – L, DeathNote 

Is the effort and time you put in to your studies translate to what you want to achieve?

Are you spending too much or not enough time doing school work?

Some of you maybe -or not be- looking forward to the Netflix adaptation of DeathNote coming out soon! L, the anime worlds best detective (I would argue at least) giving us some very wise words there. I’m not one for equations and maths usually but this equation is real easy. What you put in = what you get out.

This goes both ways, studying too much will get you stressed and ultimately not helping when exam time comes around. Studying not enough will also give you stress because of the lack of progress, so we need to find a nice balance of work, study and fun!

Step 2

“Forgive yourself for what you aren’t able to do.” – Itachi Uchiha, Naruto

Are you learning from your mistakes and utilising your skills?

Are you dwelling on the past?

Ahhhh Itachi Itachi Itachi… oh how our hate for you turned to love, and what a quote! Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up on past marks and telling yourself that you can’t do this and that. But from this we can learn that it’s ok to make mistakes, we just have to learn from them and move on.

Key word there was learn. There is no use making the same mistakes twice! Make sure you are doing what you are good at and excel.

Step 3

“You have to do the opposite of what people expect. How else will you surprise them? ” – Viktor Nikiforov, Yuri on Ice

Can you surprise others by putting in more effort or taking a break from study!?

Are you doing you?

We were born to make history! I’ve talked about Yuri! on ice before in my article ‘The Reality of HSC Relationships’ but there is just too much gold in this anime. Viktor’s idea on surprising people can come in handy during the HSC too, don’t let others decide what you can or can’t do or who you can and can’t be.

At school, especially during the HSC, you can lose your identity and blend in with the crowd. Don’t let the pressure of fitting in get to you and defiantly don’t let that stop you from unlashing that inner nerd! Take it from me being yourself pays off, I used to think being a Japan fanatic that goes all out cosplay, and listens to K-pop and heavy metal Japanese music was weird. To my surprise, there are others like me!

Step 4

“Human beings are strong because we have the ability to change ourselves.” – Saitama, One punch man

Are you willing to change and improve?

What are you doing to do so?

This has to be my favourite quote from my favourite character. We are the deciders of our futures and we can change ourselves with hard work and commitment! Saitama’s routine of 100 sit-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 squats and a 10km run may be a little too much for anyone who is an indoor person like me, but his commitment and effort towards becoming a hero should defiantly be commended.

So are you doing your best to improve your marks? We are all capable! Try writing out a plan of how you are going to achieve your goals to get you started.

Step 5

“Moping around with sadness and sorrow… what will come of it? I’ll stand on my own two legs, wouldn’t it be better to have no regrets?” – Ciel Phantomhive, Black Butler

Are you making the best of your HSC year?

Will you finish with no regrets?

Ciel may be a little bit of a downer but he sure does produce some quotable lines. More then anything he doesn’t let his emotions get in his way, instead strides to live without regrets!

This is something we must all seriously consider for our HSC year. Don’t finish thinking I should of studied more or spent more time with friends, your get one shot so do it now! Plan your time properly and you can get everything you want done and more, after all there are 24 hours in a day. There is never a better time to start then now.

So what are you doing still reading this article?

Go forth inspired minds, resist the urge to watch anime and start paving the way to your future today.

Good Luck!

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Jessica Kornhaber is a Year 12 student from the Central Coast. Jessica finds relaxation from her studies by listening to Visual Kei and Japanese punk rock bands in addition to beating her records in Guitar Hero!  She also recharges drawing manga-style illustrations, reading, re-watching Studio Ghibli productions and occasionally participating in cosplay events. Her keen interest in Japanese language and culture led to a memorable journey to Japan in 2015 which has inspired her to combine future studies at university with work experience in Japan. Currently studying English Advanced, English Extension 1 & 2, Economics, Japanese Continuers, Religious Studies and Visual Arts, Jessica hopes that her experiences will be beneficial to future HSC students and those beginning their journey in 2017.