Thomas Saji

Class of 2017

Class of 2017's Thomas Saji achieved an Australian Tertiary Admittance Rank (ATAR) of 99.75, making him the second top ranked NT Year 12 graduate.

Thomas Saji

Dream Career

Darwin High School student, Thomas Saji was the Territory's second top NTCET completer for 2017 and was awarded certificates of merit in four subjects.

Thomas said his results were a reflection of his ability to make study a priority even when he lacked motivation.

Organising time efficiently and staying motivated was difficult. Sometimes it's hard to balance social life, entertainment and study in year 12 - sometimes you need to choose to finish an assignment or study for a test, rather than hanging out with friends. Staying motivated, even through a difficult time in the year or a bad grade, was not easy, but it was important to continue pushing through - especially nearing the end.

At the 2018 NT Board of Studies Awards, Thomas Saji recieved Certificates of Merit in Mathematical Methods, Biologu, English and Chemsitry, the Rotary Club of Darwin Ian Macgregor Award for Excellence in English, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Chemistry Award, a CDU Top Ten ATAR Rank Award and a Top Twenty NTCET Student Award. At the 2018 NT Board of Studies Awards, Thomas Saji recieved Certificates of Merit in Mathematical Methods, Biologu, English and Chemsitry, the Rotary Club of Darwin Ian Macgregor Award for Excellence in English, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Chemistry Award, a CDU Top Ten ATAR Rank Award and a Top Twenty NTCET Student Award.

Past and future studies

Thomas studied Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematical Methods and this year commenced a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash University in Melbourne.

I have quite a few memories from DHS, whether it's Mrs Tan's rather interesting (but very effective) way of teaching mathematical concepts whilst keeping the class entertained, or the laughs shared with the friends I met during my three years at DHS, so many of these memories will last a lifetime.
Chemistry was by far my most enjoyed subject. Not only was the material interesting and fun to study, but it felt useful in everyday life, to an extent. Also, the people made it even more bearable. My chemistry teacher Ms Wong managed to simplify the most confusing of concepts to ensure everyone could grasp it. My classmates also contributed largely to the lively atmosphere.
Aside from the education, DHS gave some extremely important social skills - with such a large cohort, you learn how to make new friends quickly - which is just as important as academic merit, in my opinion. Thomas Saji
Stay organised - keep a schedule. Keep focused - don't get distracted; easier said than done I know, but it is all worth it in the end. Finally, don't get burned out - hang out with friends, have some kind of entertainment everyday (without going overboard), there is no point going full on in the first term and getting tired of studying by the end of term. Maintain a balanced lifestyle, it is still a year of your life, so don't make it miserable. Thomas Saji

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