For years the word 'belonging' has traumatised young adults following their HSC English exam.
The good news? 'Belonging' is out as a broad theme when analysing syllabus texts for more than 70,000 NSW Year 12 students walking into their first exam on Monday.
Gone, too, are nebulous thinkpiece terms such as 'change' and 'journeys'.
The bad news? 'Discovery' is in. Yep. Discovery. Good luck discovering discovery in discovered texts. And for years to come.
For the next four years, all students will spend months of their final year answering almost identical questions about ‘how discovery is represented within their texts,’ over-analysing their prescribed books and films until they can't think straight.
It's already causing problems.
After the hsc, I never want to see the word "discovery" ever again for the rest of my life— Emily:) (@fitzskyimmons) August 13, 2015
When u read "recovery" as "discovery" you know hsc has been messing with chu— Naomi (@NaomiMilkTea) September 28, 2015
The past fifteen years’ themes of ‘Change,’ ‘Journeys’ and ‘Belonging’ still plague high-school graduates to this day.
@KatieRose13412 don't want to scare you Katie, but I shiver a little when I hear 'journeys' and it's been 11yrs since I did the HSC. 😐— Bek (@bekglas) April 23, 2015
I feel like people who didn't do 'journeys' in HSC English don't understand real pain— Maddy Hell (@maddydell) April 3, 2015
Some items in the new exam that students may never be able to stomach again include Che Guevera’s ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’, acclaimed 2012 film The Life of Pi, as well as the poetry of Robert Frost, Robert Gray and Rosemary Dobson.
speaking of things that make me want 2 cry:
life of pi
art scaling— sp00ky twat (@teenagevow_) October 10, 2015
Trigger warnings may also need to be applied to Michael Gow’s ‘Away,’ Kate Chopin’s ‘The Awakening’ and Bill Bryson’s ‘A short History of Nearly Everything.’
The reminder of today's exam has re-opened old wounds for some.
DID THEY FINALLY CHANGE THE HSC ENGLISH SYLLABUS THING. NO ONE COULD STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT BELONGING FOR 5 YRS— Levi's hoe (@akarixx) October 11, 2015
Don’t worry #HSC-ers. ‘Belonging’ is a word you may never need to write again, except in retrospective tweets.— Sam Buckingham-Jones (@SamEBJones) October 11, 2015