Nostalgia probably isn’t the best word to describe my memories of that fateful day roughly two years and two days ago from today. I couldn’t help but feel sympathetic towards the thousands of prospective students going through the nerve-racking process of awaiting results and University acceptance.Whether you’ve failed miserably or successfully achieved your target grades along with your first choice University, its undoubtedly a day to remember.
I woke up that day after a fairly sleepless night and picked up my grades from school in the morning. I was met with groups of fellow classmates walking about with huge smiles on their faces waving bits paper around, I did not like this. I was unfortunately part of the minority who weren’t best pleased with their results, after obtaining A, B, C. I knew it wasn’t the end of the world, and I knew I wouldn’t have been accepted by my first choice at Sussex who required three A’s – but I was unsure as to whether Leicester would’ve accepted me seeing as they wanted three B’s.
Sadly I wasn’t one of the people involved in the generic ‘jump in the air’ photograph that appears in local newspapers EVERY year.
The walk back to my house was long and fairly miserable; at that moment I remember rather pedantically thinking that my life was now over and pictured working in Aldi stacking shelves whilst living with my parents for the next twenty years. My miserable apprehension wasn’t alleviated for another few hours due to the UCAS website failing to work presumably because of the ridiculous amount of people using it at the same time. But finally, I got the fantastic news that Leicester had accepted me and had never felt so relieved in an extremely long time. Its true that Leicester was not my first choice, but I was over the moon at the news and have never once thought it was a shame I didn’t get in to Sussex, if anything, I believe my higher education situation worked out in the best possible way.
So to all of those people that have just been accepted by Leicester I say congratulations – I’ve experienced the emotional rollercoaster of results day and have had arguably the best two years of my life so far. I know when i start my final year i’ll be experiencing pangs of jealousy at the horde of freshers enjoying all new experiences while I slave away at my dissertation!