Kailey, 17, NT

“I wish the government knew that as a 17 year old girl I am constantly told to be both my own individual person and to also fit within a specific box of what is considered to be intelligent.

This is done by pinning myself against my fellow classmates to see who will make it out on top with the highest ATAR. My final years in high school have been some of the most stressful years of my life. I feel as though a single number is the dictates my future.

I am constantly walking through the halls to see fellow classmates and friends breaking down in tears over a number– a number in which is used once in our lives to define how successful we apparently will be in our future endeavours. But really, once I go to university, I can pass each of my subjects and then walk out with a degree in my chosen field.”