• Anita Dennison

Results Day eek

It is fair to say that the last number of months, in fact the majority of 2020 has been very difficult for many of us, in particular students. Many students had started studying, completed mock exams to prepare themselves for the real deal until the current pandemic prevented all of that from happening. This may have been good news to some students who may not have wished to have studied, however many students work hard and want to do well and this instilled anxiety in them over their possible future pathways.

Over the next few weeks, I understand that many of you will be annoyed and upset if you discover that the hard work you have put in over the past two years has not paid off. Given the current situation, there may be the opportunity to appeal decisions, but please speak to a member of staff at your school if you are not satisfied with what you receive in that envelope. You will discover that there ARE other options! You can go to your insurance choice (second choice) university, you can register for Clearing. The only advice I will give you regarding Clearing is; don't make any rash decisions in the spare of the moment and pick the first thing that comes to you. This is a subject that you will be studying for the next 3-4 years so please make sure that it is something that you enjoy. Don't panic you have between 24-48 hours if you decide to pick a course on Clearing, so please, do use your time wisely. If you are like me and your heart is set on going to your first choice university and if unfortunately you don't get in, there are still options; you can get exams remarked and see if you meet your offers, if this is unsuccessful, you can repeat the year and take some exams again. I know for many of you this option may seem non-existent because your friends may be going to university this year and you may feel left out. Think of it like this, an extra 12 months is not that long when you think about it, you may not get to where you want to go in the time you want to get there, but as they say "good things take time." Create your own path and follow your goals, don't worry about what your friends may be doing. Within the next 12 months, you could potentially get a part time/full time job to help fund a student life, which you may find will not fully take off until some stage in 2021 due to he current situation.

If you are worrying whether or not your class mates will do better than you.. STOP! There is far too much competitiveness in this world, please don't let your education be a part of that, you won't enjoy life as much as you should if you are worrying about whether or not Billy down the street did better than you. You all need to remember that you have a different work ethic to everybody else, you all have your own strengths in subjects, meaning that your 3Bs could be somebody else's 3As. You will be getting results that nobody can take them away from you, no matter how much you may want them to (unless you can appeal the process, then yes they can be taken off you and changed).

If you are worried about whether or not your parents will be disappointed with your grades please do remember that nobody can be disappointed forever, believe it or not they will get over it. Whether you want to hear this or not, what you think about your grades is more important than what anybody else may think. Be proud of what you have achieved!

The very best of luck for Results day, but please I beg of you, do not define your self worth with a sheet of letters and numbers! You are worth so much more than that. I am more than certain that you have such a bright, amazing future ahead of you!! Stay strong and hang on in there :)

Results day is only one day with one envelope, it does not have to be the defining day of your future, you are young. Remember that

Anita x

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