SENIOR students at Tannum Sands State High School listened tentatively last week as past graduates shared their tips, experiences and future plans.

"I believe the past students gave relevant information and suggestions on how to achieve goals, enrol into university and colleges and the importance of having a back up plan," acting deputy principal Terry Wells said.

The former students were speaking as part of the program Back to Their Futures, which occurs every year.

A number of graduates from the previous year returned to answer questions from senior students about what they should expect, give advice and share their plans for the next few years.

"I really enjoy catching up with ex-students and finding out what their doing. We're very proud to see how we have been involved in moulding these young adults into adults," Mr Wells said.

The program has been seen as being beneficial for other students.

Mr Wells said the graduates were commonly close peers with the senior students and understood how the nervous seniors were feeling.

"These people were in our senior students' spots just one or two years ago. They've been through everything they're about to now," Mr Wells said.

"I think students usually take advice from their friends more often than teachers. They all know each other."

The students had a range of different chosen pathways, from apprenticeships to university and working while studying.

Students all set for big year ahead

YEAR 12 students are hurriedly preparing for the important year ahead.

Taylah Murray and Jade Mussig already have graduation day in sight, with both planning the years ahead.

"I'm hoping to study a veterinary course at JCU in Townsville," Taylah said.

"I've already done work experience and I really enjoy it."

Jade is also thinking of studying at James Cook, although she's looking into a physiotherapy course, with the University of Queensland also a possibility.

"I think this year we're going to be under a lot more pressure, because we know this is where it really counts," Jade said.

The girls will take subjects which will guarantee them an OP score.

Taylah, who needs an OP score of between 1-5, is already feeling the pressure to succeed.

"I've already gone down to two shifts a week at work. I think that will help to manage everything," she said.

Jade agreed it was a good idea to make some changes for the important year.

"It's going to be difficult to manage a healthy balance between work, school and life," she said.

The senior students have already had drummed into them the importance of the months ahead.

"The amount of talks we've had, and it's only the second week. It makes it feel a bit more real that it's our last year," Jade said.

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