Exam time is stressful, and the period spent waiting for your results can be just as bad, but this week that dark cloud was lifted for thousands of students across the country as they were finally able to receive their A Level results.
Throughout the day you’ll see your friends and their friends posting their excited reactions at getting the grades they wanted and an outpouring of relief that this whole stressful period can now be put behind them.
However, there will be pockets of students across the country who didn’t get the results they’d hoped for, which could cause some people to panic.
While the disappointment is real, it’s important to know that there are other options available to you. Firstly you should take a step back and just breathe. It’s okay to be nervous, but if you’re feeling that way you should talk about it to someone to trust about these fears. Bottling up your feelings will only make you feel worse and once you let those fears out and assess the situation, you’ll realise you’re in a better position than you first feared.
As well as your parents and friends, there are a whole load of people out there who want to help you. Your teachers and career advisors will all be on hand to guide you through your next steps
We’ve got a guide to UCAS Clearing and exam resits that should make your next steps a little easier to navigate, too, so don’t panic, you’re going to be fine!
You could also consider taking a gap year. Many people find the year away from education gives them new perspectives and goes a long way to helping them figure out what they want to do with their lives. The world is still very much your oyster.
As for those of you who did get the results you wanted, congratulations! Go and celebrate and enjoy the rest of your summer holiday, though beware that there will be some people around you who did, so make sure you don’t gloat!