A-Level Results Day - for students across the country this is what all of the hours of study and hard work comes down to. If you're collecting your results today, no doubt the nerves will be running high.
This week students await their A-Level results with great expectation. I remember feeling like that too. I had two conditional offers from universities and was all set to go and study to be a physiotherapist. Then I got my results - my grades were lower than expected and I found myself in UCAS Clearing.
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My transition from school to higher education wasn't exactly the smoothest path. But in hindsight sticking to my guns, making my own choices and primarily not going through clearing was the best decision I ever made. But is clearing the right choice for everyone?
Just like everyone else, I'm going through the standard results day countdown emotions - questioning if I wrote in blue ink instead of black, if I even did the right paper, if I knew what I was doing in the exam, making plans B, C, D and E if results day doesn't go to plan.
Approaching results day can be a daunting experience for many students. Sometimes the anxiety and stress of the situation can often effect how you react and respond on the day itself. This article will help you decide on how best to handle whatever is thrown your way on results day.
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A-Level results day can be one of celebration or commiseration with thousands of students facing the prolonged agony over the coming days of whether they have been able to secure a place at university through the mad scramble often associated with the clearing process.
Around 600,000 young people in the UK are on school holidays right now. That means unlimited sunbathing, chilling with mates and dreaming about exciting futures, right? Wrong. In fact, thousands of young people feel hopeless about life after school.
So to all the all new students fleeing the nest for the next few years, I would pass on this advice: start to give your future some serious thought. Although you will probably think that an argument over who gets the biggest cupboard in your new university digs is important - keep focused on the bigger stuff.
It is always worth keeping in mind that disappointment can be turned into an opportunity. Life works out in different ways and disappointments like not achieving the A-Levels results you desired are part of life.
Clearing: if you've just missed out on your conditional offer don't worry, call both Universities and see what they say. I would advise you to write four or five bullet points down which you can refer back to when you're on the phone.
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If you missed your grades on Thursday, remember to be open-minded and stay positive. I had not considered Greenwich University despite the fact that they offered the ITMB course that I wanted to study and I have had the most amazing three years. I haven't looked back, you have to take the opportunities and challenges life throws at you and turn them in to positives.