Young Matildas players sit HSC in China during World Cup qualifiers

The first HSC exam is not the most nerve-racking event scheduled into Remy Siemsen's diary on Monday.

Instead, the Young Matildas centre striker, who is in year 12 at Oxford Falls Grammar School in Sydney's north, is more worried about a football game scheduled a few hours after the first English Advanced paper.

Her team is playing against South Korea on Monday afternoon in its first qualifier for next year's FIFA under-20s Women's World Cup.

"I'm nervous for the school side of things but I'm more nervous about the game," said Remy, 17, who is currently in China, where the qualifiers are being held from October 15 to 28.

"I've sat year 12 exams before but I've never played for a World Cup."

Remy and two other teammates, who are also completing their HSC this year, will sit most of their exams at a local school in Nanjing.

"They've set up a room for us and our team manager will monitor us during the exam and then drive us back to training for the game," Remy said.

They will sit the second English paper on Tuesday morning.

Remy will also sit the Business Studies, PDHPE and the Tourism, Travel and Events VET exams in China, but will return to Sydney in time for the Geography exam.

Remy said she was initially "a bit hesitant" about starting the HSC soon after she joined the Young Matildas two years ago.

"Soccer's my passion and I want to make a career out of it, but I had a discussion with my family and we thought it was best for me to sit the HSC because I want to go to university," she said.

"It has definitely been difficult these last two years. I train 10 to 12 hours a week, both in the morning and after school.

"For the final term of year 11, I was only at school for 10 days [because of training] camps. I had a lot of catching up to do."

Remy, who is vice captain at her school, said she spent this year's July school holidays at a Young Matildas training camp and also participated in a Matildas national team camp.

She said her teachers have been very supportive and giving her extra help when she needs it, but knows her final mark and ATAR "will be affected, a lot of exams overlap with game days".

However, Remy is aiming to get an ATAR in the "high 70s or 80s" and wants to study teaching, psychology or architecture at university.

"All I really want to do is play professional football and I'd love to play for as long as I can, but [going to university] is definitely something I want to do," Remy said.

She has been offered early entry into a primary school teaching degree at the University of Notre Dame and has also applied for psychology and interior architecture courses at other universities.

"I'm a bit indecisive about what I want to do but getting early entry is a huge weight off my shoulders."

Remy said she is planning to use any spare time she gets between training to "catch up on notes and study quite a lot". "I've just got to cop it, this is the final stretch," she said.

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