OK. Let’s get it out of the way up-front. The next couple of weeks are going to be pretty stressful.
Those halcyon first days of sixth form seem a long time ago now. The relief of ‘only’ having three subjects to concentrate on; the novelty of ditching the uniform and dressing like a real person; the free study periods spent in the nearest coffee shop; finally being treated like adults by teachers; finally realising that teachers are (in most cases) human-beings too; and the comfortable belief that two years is forever and there is plenty of time!
Fast forward to now. Where did the time go? What was I thinking when I picked Maths, Physics AND Chemistry (** insert own subject combination here **)? Just how did I accumulate so many coffee card loyalty points? Why didn’t I spend more time in the library? Why didn’t I start revising earlier? Why didn’t I get more sleep before that last exam?
These final few days before A-Level Results Day can be a particularly stressful time. However well the exams did or didn’t go, it is natural to feel nervous as the big day approaches. While it seems as though literally everything is riding on the results and not getting what you need will be the end of the world it is never that bad and you always have choices.
Best case you’ll have passed with flying colours, your parents will be proud, your friends will be jealous and you’ll be packing the car in September, moving your worldly goods into your new student accommodation and starting your dream course (think first days of sixth form, only much, much better!). Worst case maybe you’ll need to take a year to re-sit; or reconsider your course (there will be plenty of options through UCAS clearing) or even decide (** gulp **) that it is time to start work. However it turns out, you will look back in another three years and a) wonder “Where did the time go? What was I thinking …” (sound familiar?); and b) realise that A-Level results day wasn’t the be-all and end-all.
Don’t believe us? Here are some inspirational quotes that prove we are right!
“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” Stephen Hawking
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” Earl Nightingale
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” Henry Ford
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” Bruce Lee
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
But maybe ignore this last one:
“If something’s hard to do, then it’s not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the garage next to your short-wave radio, your karate outfit, and your unicycle, and we’ll go and watch TV.” Homer Simpson