Matt still remembers seeing his HSC result. He was devastated because he knew that inside, he was better than that. Instead of accepting defeat, Matt decided a low ATAR was not going to destroy his dream of becoming a teacher.

Matt applied to The College at Western as a pathway to university. He completed a Diploma in Arts; confidence restored. After topping his year in the Diploma, Matt was able to enter the University and is now firmly on his way to a teaching degree.

He'll never forget his experience at The College. "They showed me I was better than what anyone thought I was in high school. And that the HSC isn't the 'be-all and end-all'."