Didn’t get the A Level results you wanted? It’s not the end of the world

It seems a bit silly writing about this allllllllll these years later. Yes, I know it’s been a long time since I had to go and collect my A Level results but I can still remember the day clearly, although I can’t actually tell you what my grades were!

Today may seem like the most important day of your life if you’re getting your results today and congratulations if you got the results you wanted and/or needed. However, if you didn’t, don’t worry it’s not the end of the world. I promise.

A Level Results Day

 The morning I was due to go and pick my A Level results up, my mum came into my room to wake me up and it was all I could do to pull the covers over my head and roll over. I was totally adamant that I wasn’t going to school to collect my results. I knew in my heart of hearts I hadn’t done the work I could have for my exams. Now, the day had come for my head of year (who I really didn’t like) to smile smugly at me and pretend that she cared I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped to get into my first choice university and I just couldn’t face it. Let her put them in the post and I’ll deal with it all another day was my plan.

Then the post arrived and the welcome pack for the University or Central Lancashire was sat on the doorstep. Despite not reaching the grades they’d asked for I got a place on my first choice course. It was then I decided to go into school and see how my friends had done. I was right when I said the evil Head Of Year would be smug but now I had the ammunition to wipe it off her face and that was my favourite moment.

Anyway, my point is don’t fret if you didn’t get the results you wanted and/or needed, it honestly isn’t the end of the world. There are loads of options open to you and who even says you need to go to uni? I know people who never went and still achieved their dreams.

I know your results seem like the most important thing in the world right now but it’s just one small brick in the path of your life. Take some time to digest what has happened and then decide what works best for you. Think about where you want to get to in your life, the things you want to achieve and alternative routes to reach it. University isn’t the best plan for many people, is it for you? Did you apply because you didn’t know what else to do? Did you apply because it was what you were expected to do? Look at things objectively and consider all of the other options.

Above all remember, what you are supposed to do will appear to you and only you can decide what will truly make you happy. Stop listening to your head and other people (definitely stop listening to other people) and listen to your heart. I promise it knows what is best for you in this difficult moment.



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I'm Lojo, Laura or Mother Ruin depending on how you know me. I'm a 30-something, mum of one, from Liverpool living in London. I write about the things that interest me which usually involves food, travel, having fun and gin!

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