After returning home from my holiday, the weather here in the UK has been eerily calm despite the oncoming storm that is – A Level Results Day.
Of course, the topic has definitely been overdone by student websites & forums and I doubt anyone waiting for their results is going to want some top tips on calming down anytime soon. Fairly sure students would rather light up their exam papers than a candle to calm down.
Instead, I just want to reassure the cliché message: Whatever your results, be proud.
Be proud that you just powered through the most rigorous shake-up of further education for decades. Not only have new syllabuses been introduced, the entire system has been flipped on its head compared with previous years. I can only be grateful that coursework was available to me in all my subjects. Now, it’s all exam-based, which is completely ridiculous.
Even if you don’t get the results you want, be aware that this year is probably the most lucrative for all universities and they will be clawing for you. Gradually over the last 5 years, restrictions on universities have been lifted to make them more competitive and profitable. With abolished caps on student numbers, self-determined tuition fees and falling application numbers, it’s no wonder universities are keen to draw you in. If you need to go into clearing, aim as high as you want. A lot of a course’s applicants may not have gained the results needed either but you might just have that edge that puts you above the others.
And if you do get the results you want, congratulations! You’re on your way to the next chapter of your life. Just remember that this can be a difficult day for others and that you, cracking open the Prosecco in the hall, are only making others imagine that flying corkscrew knocking you down.