Hello, hi. Welcome back guys.
If I’m not mistaken, Results Day is around the corner for a lot of you and some of you just felt your heart drop reading that sentence. I can definitely relate, I was in your positions a while ago.
I’m slightly grown now and going into my final year at university but I can still remember the morning I got my A-Level results about two years ago, very clearly might I add. That’s probably the same for a lot of people, Results Day (especially A2) is a whole turning point in your education. It decides the path on which you’ll be on for the next couple of years and of course, that’s an unforgettable moment in your life.
My Results Day story is one of the unhappy ones unfortunately.
I could never sleep the day before “doomsday” as I called it. Even now at university, I still struggle to fall asleep the day before my results come out. Anyway, when I did finally get to sleep, it was on and off. I eventually woke up completely at around 6am and got my laptop out to wait for UCAS Track to update. When it did update, I read the unfortunate words that I wasn’t going to my firm choice but rather my insurance.
That heartbreak right there? That was different.
I honestly believed I had put a whole lot of effort into A2 so I felt like I failed everyone and myself.
After a week of sulking in my misery, I had to get it together. I was still going to university, studying a course I loved and going with some of my friends from sixth form. I wasn’t completely alone in this so I had to stop being so hard on myself. It happened and I had to jump over that little hump in my life plan.
I’d love to tell you all that I snapped out of that easily and started this new chapter in my life with open arms and a great big smile but we’re family now, so I don’t want to lie.
The first couple of months in university were rough.
I didn’t want to be there, I wasn’t engaging in social life or academics and I was just bitter. I did eventually realise I was being childish and did actually start the process of jumping over that little hump. Fast forward to present day, I’m comfortable where I am.
I’m doing well academically, I’ve met some amazing people and some lifelong friends (I hope) and I still very much enjoy my course. Issa win.
Yes, it took me a long while to get to the point and state of mind I’m at now but I got there. If I’m capable of jumping back after that kind of setback, I’m sure a lot of you are. However, I pray that your Results Day goes exactly the way you want it to! I’m even throwing a little congrats in advance because you’ll do great but if worst case scenario, you don’t? I want you to know that you’ll still be ok.
It’ll hurt for a while, definitely (I still get a pang in my chest sometimes lol) but you’ll adjust and get to a stage of pure happiness again. In the unfortunate and hopefully unlikely event that Results Day doesn’t go to plan, here are my top 3 tips to ensure you keep your head up and ride over that little hump in the road.
3. Take a breath
I know instantly you’ve already started freaking out about your future and how your life plan has been disrupted. Take some time out to really process and unscramble your thoughts. You plan best with a clear head so give yourself some time to really come to terms with your situation. That way you can start planning on how you’re going to move forward.
2. Start planning
I’m guessing now you’re going to have to make some slight changes to your life plan. Personally, I always feel better when I sort all of that out as soon as possible. It makes me think that although this situation isn’t the greatest, I can still bounce back. Whether that means you change your course to include a placement year to give you some experience (and make you stand out a little more), or if that means you decide to take a Masters after your undergrad to better your options.
Planning also includes sorting out any changes you have to make to your university applications after Results Day. For me that meant applying for new accomodation at my insurance as well as changing the university SFE (Student Finance England) will be paying at the start of the academic year. Trust me, the sooner this is all done? The better. I was still able to get my first choice accommodation at university because I was QUICK. I applied for the accommodation while in my week of sulking because even subconsciously I knew I had to get my life together.
1. Que Sera, Sera
Referring back to my week of sulking, I think I definitely needed it but even I knew there had to be a point where I accepted the situation for what it was. Take as much time as you need to process all the emotions you’re feeling but don’t allow yourself to be completely consumed in the negative situation. Que Sera, Sera – whatever will be, will be. The unfortunate has happened but the best way for you to deal is to start healing as soon as possible.
If no one else says this to you, I’m proud of all of you regardless! Exam season is one of the most stressful periods of academics but you got through it. That is most definitely an achievement and I hope you recognise how wavey you are for getting through it!
with all my love,