A Level Results - It's OK That You Didn't Get The Grades

Friday, 14 August 2015

Yesterday was A Level results day. It's a day that a lot of people would have been dreading and others counting down the days to find out if or where they would be attending university. I remember my results day being something that caused me so much anxiety I didn't actually go to bed the night before. I stayed up refreshing UCAS to see if I had got in to any of my choices. 

For me, A Levels were my do over. I didn't fail miserably at my GCSE's, I did quite well, but I was just off the grades I needed in one subject to study the science A Level that I wanted to do and the course was full so they couldn't allow any movement in the entry requirements. I was gutted. For the longest time all I wanted to do was study forensic science at university and just by opening an envelope my dream had gone. Luckily I had done well, over all, my lowest mark being a C so I could choose any other subjects my school was offering. That summer I had to rethink my whole plan, what did I want to do if I couldn't study science. At the time I thought it was the end of the world, but in actual fact, not getting the grade was probably the best thing that happened to me.

I decided to study 3 A Level's at school and then a further A Level in college in the evenings. I chose Photography at college and as most of you already know, went on to study it at university and now I am self employed running my own studio. It was so hard trying to find something that I could study that I would love and for the first few weeks I really thought I had made a mistake. But that failure led me on to a much better dream that I didn't know I had, that has given me so many amazing opportunities. I reinvented myself and found a new passion and I only have failure to thank. 

So if you didn't quite get what you wanted yesterday, or if you still don't know what you want to do with your life. There is still plenty of time to find your calling. Try new things and don't be afraid to fail, you never know where it will lead you!

Abi xo

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  1. This is an amazing posts! It seems like you did great and that's what I try to tell myself everyday, if I don't get it this time, I'll try something else, it's not the end of the world! I still have about three weeks to know if I get into the Uni I picked and I am so nervous about it! Xx


    1. Aww, thank you! Yes, I am a strong believer in 'everything happens for a reason'. If you don't get it this time, something better is around the corner! Good luck with everything :D

      Abi xo