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Schoolies Week Essay

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Schoolies Week on the Gold Coast is often seen as a fun time for students from Queensland and NSW, but not necessarily for the other holiday- makers on the Gold Coast. Using referenced sources and own experience if applicable, what are the motives for student to attend. Consider also the motives for other holiday-makers not to visit the Gold Coast during these two weeks.Abstract:This essay is about the holiday- makers conflicting with students from high school, for celebrating schoolies week in Queensland Gold Coast. Gold Coast is a premier destination to the Australian, therefore the schoolies week is normally held there. Schoolies week is a festival that stretches over a period of three weeks, whose main participants are year 12 graduate students from all over Australia. However, many issues occurred during this period, due to the students' behavior. As a result, the holiday-makers do not want to visit during this period while many students enjoy their time in Gold Coast.The Gold Coast is one of the most popular tourists' destinations in Australia, which are filled with attractions such as theme parks, beaches and sunshine; hence it attracts more than 2.5 million visitors each year (Brown and Raedler, 1994, p16). The typical visitors are local students, families, elderly people, romantic couples and international tourists. The best time to visit Gold Coast is from September to February, because of the summer season. During the summer period especially late November and early December, it is highly populated by holiday-makers (Kenworthy, 1999). The reason being, tens of thousands of students will go to Gold Coast every year when they finish their last year in the High School, which is called: 'Schoolies week' (Smith and Rosenthal, 1997, p175). Schoolies week is a festival that stretches over a period of three weeks whose main participants are year 12 graduate students from all over Australia. (Schoolies.com, 2006). However, most of the holiday-makers avoided Gold Coast, because of the graduated students celebrating 'Schoolies week'. Hence, the essay will discuss the motives for students' to go, and motives for holiday-makers not to visit the Gold Coast during these three weeks.Firstly, celebrating is the most significant motivation for students, as there are many activities during this time. For examples, going to a party, joining a club and barbecuing in beach houses. Normally, students would ask some good friends to go with them in advance. Therefore, they can enjoy the great atmosphere with their friends, as they will not feel bored. In addition, students can do anything they want, because there is no parents' supervision. They really enjoy fun time when they feel freedom which seems like 'adult- free', 'responsibility- free' (Maticka-Tyndale, Herold and Oppermann, 2003, p158).The schoolies week not only provides a good opportunity to make new friends, but also improve students' communication skills. Many of them come from different school,...

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