Thursday, 14 August 2008

‘A’ Level Results: How'd you do?

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Congratulations and, unfortunately, commiserations are surely due on this eventful day. You might be grinning from ear to ear, you might be wailing like an old Spanish widow.

How did you do? And what’s next?

Got exactly the grades you wanted?
Yay you! Your first choice university beckons; the world is your oyster, and all that jazz. If you worked like a donkey, retook countless exams and nearly killed yourself with dusk-til-dawn revision sessions then you should be seriously proud of yourself.

Though don’t just give yourself a pat on the back and be done with it. How about a little reward, something special from you to you? Goals are important in life, but what’s a goal without gratification? Sure, your incentive was the grades and, looking at the bigger picture, they’re probably going to be your biggest prize, but they’re academic, in reality they’re just a step on the ladder. They might make you feel pleased as punch when you first rip open that envelope, but your hard work deserves something extra.

People will probably be congratulating you left, right and centre. How about congratulating yourself?

A present from you to you can come in many personalized forms, as all good presents should, and you don’t even have to spend any money (though by all means do!) Treat yourself to several hours of uninterrupted self-indulgence; it’s the best stress-buster! Be it watching 6 of your all-time favourite movies back to back, writing a poem about how downright fantastic you are, going out dancing at the cheesiest club you know, shoe shopping, giving yourself a home facial or all day bed Olympics with that someone special: whatever tickles your fancy. If you’re feeling really chuffed with yourself, why not all of the above?

It doesn’t matter what you do, just get set to reward yourself. It’s so often a rarity for most of us to truly recognise our successes, big or small, and treat ourselves accordingly, especially you over-achievers! You did good, and undoubtedly there are plenty more opportunities to do so again just shimmering away on the horizon, now’s the time to stop and thank yourself before the rollercoaster starts up again.

What says ‘Well-bloody-done!’ in the most profound way, to you?

Exam results not quite what you’d hoped for?
Or is that understatement of the century?
Try not to let it get you down. There are a million and one alternatives and although everything may seem hopeless right now, I’m a firm believer in things happening for a reason.

So you didn’t get into Cambridge? 10 years down the line you might be caring for orang-utans in Borneo and realise it was the best thing that ever happened to you, you really never know.

Get your head out of your hands, and get going again. Write down how you feel, pour your heart out if need be, and then provide your own answers. What do you need to do to get where you want to be? If it boils down to a complete retake, then do it. If you realise that perhaps university was never for you in the first place, then hallelujah! Maybe those results were placed in your hand for a reason. Take a gap year, jump on a plane to the farthest corner of the globe and ‘discover the real you.’ As clichéd as it sounds; it just might be what you need.


Life isn’t just about the here and now, it’s about the journey. The tapestry of your life is made up of thousands of moments, some good, some down right depressing. It’s down to you how you craft and style these moments into your ultimate existence.

Don’t let the system get you down. Just because some dude you’ll never meet put a cross through some paragraph on Stalin that you don’t even remember writing, doesn’t mean you’re any less of the wonderful person you were yesterday. Don’t beat yourself up. Build a bridge and get over it, it’s the only way you’ll find yourself somewhere else, somewhere better.

  • Check out this great article from TheSite.Org. It’ll give you the push you need to get an action plan together. Yes, life does go on!
  • Give the National Results Helpline a call on 0808 100 8000 if you need to talk to someone other than your squawking parents, jammy friends or stuffy tutors.

So how did you do? And what’s your next step? Comment away!

Megan x


ria said...

Great post! I'm scottish so I actually got my results a week back, v chuffed and got my place at uni. A month from now and I'll be living it up in Edinburgh...
Can't wait to read more!

Voila Megan said...

Well done on your results doll, and thanks for the first ever Charade comment! Make sure you take my advice and give yourself a big, shiny treat!
Extra adoration,
Megan x

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