Clearing: What to do if results day doesn’t go to plan

12 Aug 2019,
By Eve C., Graduate

It feels strange to say three years have passed since I waited nervously for my A-Level results (I feel old, sigh).

The past three years have been the best of my life. Seriously. I met my closest friends, tried very questionable hobbies (I took up hip-hop dancing in my third year), and even secured my graduate position - all at Bristol.

So I guess the strangest thing to say is that Bristol was never my first choice university.

When things didn’t quite go to plan, I felt very lost and insecure about my future.

On the morning of results day 2015, I found out I hadn’t got the grades for my first choice university. I was heading to Bristol instead.

Now don’t get me wrong, I loved Bristol when I visited the campus for their open day and I knew they offered a fantastic law programme. But I still spent most of results day feeling unsettled and anxious. Why?

Because I hadn’t approached my results, or my wider options, with an open mind. So when things didn’t quite go to plan, I felt very lost and insecure about my future.

If I could give you one piece of advice for results day, it would be this:

Keep an open mind about your future.

I’ve talked more about my university experience on my YouTube channel, but I think it’s important to remember that the grades you receive and the institution you attend doesn’t define you. Your ambition to succeed is what counts.

Your university will provide you with tools and mentorship, but ultimately it’s up to you to set goals and push yourself. When people talk about independence as a student, they’re definitely not wrong.

As a recent graduate looking back at my university years, I can see how precious my time was. I can see the valuable platform university provides to achieve anything and everything - even if it’s just beginners’ hip-hop.

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