OPINION: Go hard if you want to live your dreams

OPINION: Finishing high school with a rubbish OP wasn't the way I wanted to start my life after school.

An OP (overall position) is how Year 12 students are graded and how you buy your way into higher education.

A lack of attention in the classroom and the ability to fluke my way through exams was my attitude.

But when I wanted to study journalism the year after school I was rejected by all universities because of the OP.

I was lucky enough to get into an eight-month journalism course in Brisbane called Jschool.

I passed that, the stars aligned and I had a job interview on the Fraser Coast.

The editor and management saw my passion, potential and I started three weeks later.

Since then I've made the most of this opportunity, working with awesome people in a great region.

The moral of this story is that no matter how bad a score you get or if someone says you're not cut out to do something, go harder.

It's an old cliche, but nothing rings truer.

If you want something go and get it, everything is achievable.

Have a great Christmas and new year with your families and friends.

Thanks for reading the Chronicle and I hope you continue to do so next year.

Fraser Coast Chronicle's Hayden Johnson with his APN Editorial Awards trophy for Best Photography by a Reporter.
Fraser Coast Chronicle's Hayden Johnson with his APN Editorial Awards trophy for Best Photography by a Reporter. Valerie Horton


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