For years students have sacrificed late nights out for revision sessions so they can pass their exams with flying colours. But what happens if you don’t achieve the grades you’ve been expecting?
Disappointed university hopefuls will most likely spend the day on the phone, going through clearing. Clearing is a process thousands of UCAS applicants experience, where you can view ‘vacancies’ in alternative university courses. This can prove very useful to students looking for other options or who simply didn’t want to take any offers they had been given.
For AS students, they have the option of retaking a certain subject, or modules within the subject. They can always switch over to a vocational course, such as a BTEC or drop a subject if they feel overwhelmed by the college workload.
I’m going to be receiving my results tomorrow. So, although I know it is relatively simple to solve the issue of not getting the grades I need, the main issue is how it leaves many young people like myself feeling. We have just dedicated an entire year to these exams, and might only be left with the disappointment that we ‘weren’t good enough’.
A few ways to avoid this crushing feeling is by simply trying to look at the bigger picture. Yes you may not receive the grades to go a top university, or you’re not sure A levels are right for you, but you still have many years to change this and decide what path you truly want to follow.
There’s a lot of pressure on us young people to succeed the first time, which isn’t always possible due to the individual, and all the environmental factors surrounding us. Always remember that there are plenty of other options.
If you don’t feel that A levels are for you, there are hundreds of apprenticeships and internships available, so don’t feel your options are limited. You can even take a ‘gap year’ and travel to places you’ve always wanted to visit, or try and land yourself a job with a company you love.
So tomorrow, even if you aren’t part of the rising number of students going to uni (532,300 students entered higher education last year), keep in mind that you are still young. You still have time to achieve those dreams and, in reality, a grade does not define what a wonderful individual you are.
Go and celebrate (responsibly), even if you’re not celebrating your results, you deserve to have fun for working so hard for them regardless. I know I will.
“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle
Good luck to everyone!