I’ve just got back from a family holiday in wet Wales, and this weekend I’m going camping with my old college friends to the Gower in (probably wet) Wales. One of them is redoing the year and so got her results yesterday. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I got mine!
I know some of you have just got your results and I know what an exciting and sometimes horrible experience it can be.
Here is my top tips for after you’ve got your results:
- Don’t worry- My friend was physically sick worrying about his results last year and he’s now at UCL doing medicine. Hopefully you will have done fine and there’s nothing you can do until you open that envelope anyway.
- If things don’t go to plan, as they didn’t for me, try not to panic. There are plenty of options if you don’t get the grades you want but you need to keep your wits about you if you are ringing university through clearing or adjustment, 0116 37376000 for Leicester. It looks much better if you do it yourself. Be polite but persistent. Point out if you did well in the subjects similar to the degree you want to do or if you are at the higher end of a grade boundary. If you are close, don’t give up. My cousin rang every day for two weeks and eventually they found a space for her and three years on she has graduated with a first in Physics.
- Use your friends and family and college teachers- even if they seem annoying they are there to help and have your best interests at heart.
- Don’t forget to sort out your accommodation – use all the options and you’ll be more likely to get the halls you want.
- Use Facebook to like your new uni’s page and have a look to see if your halls or potential societies have groups you can join.
I didn’t get the grades I needed for my first choice, Leicester was my insurance choice. I rang my first choice with no luck but after a year of studying here I know I’ve had a great time and looking back I’m really glad how things turned out for me!
I hope you’re pleased with your results but if not, remember the words of the famous philosopher Jeremy Clarkson:
Thanks for reading, please comment how you got on.