- Not getting the grades is not the end of the world
My biggest concern during A levels was my grades. Getting my grades was key to my future. All I wanted was to get the grades, get into the university and then get the job. My whole life, my future and my whole world depended on it. But the truth it, it really is not the end of the world. Getting lower grades does not mean that your dream ends, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get into university. That is what clearing is for. Clearing means that there is a university out there that will want you; a university that you may not have even considered before but now realise that it is actually perfect for you. Clearing means that you can still get your dream because at the end of the day, as long as you work hard at your degree and you are passionate about it, you will achieve whatever dream you want.
Make sure that you first research any university that you choose on clearing, research the course and make sure that you actually like it. You don’t want to invest £9000 a year for a university that you hate, doing a course that you thought you’d like but actually hate.
- Gap year is still an option
For those of you who don’t find what you want in clearing, taking a gap year is a good option. A lot of my friends took a gap year to reflect and do some resits and also to travel before starting university. Two of them enjoyed their gap year so much that they took a second one, and the others learnt so much from it that they were ready for university the following year.
It can be heart-breaking working you hardest at A levels and then not getting the grades. However, sometimes a gap year is what you need to reflect on what you really want out of life and out of a university degree. After all it is a huge investment, so choosing the right university and course for you is vital.
- No one cares about your A level grades once you get into university
This happens to be my favourite part of the first few months of university. No one cared about A levels. We all got into university and didn’t care about other people’s grades. We had made it! That’s all that mattered. It didn’t matter that someone got 3 A*’s or 3 C’s because at the end of the day, we were all doing the same course at the same university, getting the same quality of education. Their grades didn’t make them better or worse than me. It was a new start, and all that mattered was how much work and effort I put into my degree.
Good luck guys, I hope results day brings you good news, and if not, remember it’s not the end of the world.