Two weeks ago I emailed the Economics Department asking when our exam results would be released. They promptly replied telling me that I could expect my results to arrive at the end of June. Fast forward a few days to the 23rd of June (definitely not the end of the month), I landed back in England after being on a 5-hour flight, turned on my phone, and was bombarded with messages telling me that results were out! It’s safe to say that I freaked out.
I quickly signed in MyStudentRecord, not caring about the ‘no phones in the security line’ rule, found my results and SCREAMED! Yes, I literally screamed in the Heathrow Airport security line, probably not my smartest idea… But, ladies and gentleman, I am so so so proud to tell you all that I GOT A 2.1.
I am so happy as I have worked so hard and persevered through some horrible modules over the past three years, and I am so happy that it was all worth it. After seeing my overall degree classification, I went to check what marks I got in my final four modules. And kids, let me tell you, I smashed it. I didn’t need to do too amazingly this term to secure myself a 2.1, but it was almost impossible for me to finish uni with a first. Knowing this, I definitely took a chill, but dedicated approach to revising in my last term. Therefore, I was expecting my last results to be 2.2’s and 2.1’s. However, I ended up finishing with 77, 73, 73 and 68!!! I am so happy!!!
Throughout my educational career, I have never found myself getting good results without absolutely killing myself when working for it. So, to have such incredible results whilst feeling like I still got to have a good last term at university was such a lovely feeling. It really proves that if you study something you love and enjoy, the good results come so much easier (although don’t get me wrong I still worked really hard, I just made sure I also slept and ate this exam period – a huge change from previous exam periods).
I think it’s very normal for people who finish uni with a high 2.1 to feel disheartened, missing a first by such a small amount is a hard thing to come to terms with. And trust me, I was also upset when I realised how little I had missed a first by. However, it’s important that you remember that your grade doesn’t tell anyone how hard you worked, how much you actually understand, how much you enjoyed your subject, how much fun you had, or anything more than what you achieved in one exam and one piece of coursework. So don’t be disheartened, employers know that a grade is just a grade, it’s just used to give them some kind of idea about the applicant before meeting them – a first class degree isn’t going to help you if you can’t successfully complete an interview.
So, I’m going to take my result that I know and my friends/family know that I worked so hard to achieve, go on a few holidays, take a million pictures at graduation, and then throw myself back into the world of work and education. Hope to see you there!