5 months, 1 week ago

It's Freshers Friday!

Wow, it's the end of the week already!

By the end of next week, some of us will know whether you've been accepted into uni. Based on this, I thought I'd tell you guys a little story.

My results day

I woke up on this day really nervous, my mind racing with thoughts of "will I, won't I?" . Thanks to UCAS, though I don't know if it will be the same this year, I was able to see that I had got the grades for my first choice- LJMU- before seeing my grades.

Of course, there was a lot of crying that morning. I cried when my sister got into her first choice uni, instantly thinking it wouldn't be the same with me, and then I cried when I saw that I had got the grades.

We drove to our school and were instantly met by one of our friends. Thankfully, she had got into uni- also LJMU- so there was a lot of celebration.

The sixth form area was a buzz with students, collecting their envelopes. Teachers were throwing congratulations, and condolences, around the room.

When I opened my envelope, I didn't feel the joy and relief I thought I would feel. When I look back now, a year on, I think about how stupid that was. I'd got into uni, the uni I wanted, without the trouble of clearing. But my mind focused on the grades, grades that were lower than friends who I'd taken the subject with, and I felt disappointed.

My parents were proud and my friends hugged me when we all found out, but I wasn't feeling it.

I know that this overlaps my previous post, but on results day, you should feel proud. Even if things don't work out how you want them, or if you are less than pleased with your grades, you've managed to complete A-levels and all the hard work is over.

I overlooked my success based on comparison,but I think that was ridiculous. I'm not going to be the friend who got into Cambridge, or the one studying astrophysics. I chose a course and a uni that suits me and I'm thankful, regardless of my grades, that I was able to get there.

Results Day has motivated me to work harder, be proud of myself and realise that- if I can complete my A-levels (with only some emotional damage) I can do anything uni (and life) throws at me.

And you can, too.