To be very honest, my grades in my first year were not great and I felt like I just needed to pass. But towards the end of my second year, I started to think about my grades more seriously.
Because I was able to find my area of interest in my second year, attending lectures and tutorials became more engaging and proactive. I remember feeling demotivated to attend lectures in my first year since the classes were not the right fit for me. I also used to sit towards the back of the lecture hall since I knew I would drift off and fall asleep. However, I noticed that I kept moving closer to the lecturer to listen to her/him more closely, and surprisingly, I was wide awake.
I genuinely enjoyed the classes and wanted to achieve higher grades.
Not only did my experience at USYD allowed me to challenge myself and receive grades that I thought I would never be able to obtain, but I was also extremely hopeful to know that I was good at something. I learnt a lot about myself and slowly knew what I wanted to do with my skills.