Hello, my name is Kiran Kottakkal and I graduated in 2018 with an ATAR of 99.2. I’m currently taking a gap year with the intention of doing medicine next year. In VCE, I did Biology, Chemistry, English, Maths Methods, Specialist Maths and French, and yes I made it out alive with my sanity still intact. My high school experience was a a myriad of emotions: the great deal of stress from public speaker of the year competitions, drowning in sacs and homework, wonderful memories from formal, the last dive at swimming carnival and a great deal of laughter at musicals. Of course, there were the numerous dance concerts from doing Bharatanatyam (Indian Classical Dancing) and immense anxiety from secret topics at Debating, BRAINSTEM competitions but in the end, it was all these experiences that helped transform Year 12 into one of the best years of my life. And hopefully, I can do the same for all of you, whether it be managing your time, understanding the little details of maths or science or assisting you in writing the many essays you will have to do, and possibly make your school life a little easier.