I remember counting down the days to finding out my results. They would ultimately depict if I go to University, which University I would go to and which course I would take. One of the most frequent and best (which I understand now) pieces of advice that I received was not to panic or stress because I was told that the likelihood is, you’ve done as you expected if not better. And if it so happens that things didn’t go your way, then you can reflect on where things didn’t quite go according to plan.
Stressing before an exam makes sense because you cannot predict the questions asked and it ultimately just depends on whether you have covered the relevant topic or not. However, stressing post-exam (i.e. results day) is not worth it because it is not in your control so you just have to accept the consequences. If you know you’ve put in your 100% effort, time and understanding into the exam, you can arrive at results day knowing that you couldn’t have done better.
If you find that things don’t go your way, then you have to decide where to go next. Do you want to re-take the exam(s)? Would you rather just go straight into the adult life of work? Whatever happens, there are options out there for you, you just have to decide what is best for you in the long run. If you feel you couldn’t have done any better and the education system just isn’t for you, then maybe the working life is more suited to you and it would be a greater use of your time. But, on the other hand, if you feel you can amend your mistakes and have a strong ambition to attend University and earn a degree, then take up the challenge!
Having said this, the content of this blog is just the way I view the situation encompassed within results day. I recall waiting for my results and stressing and binge eating almost every day, calling up my friends and trying to see if we were all in the same boat (sometimes it’s nice to know how other people have done to put your mind at ease). Although my results were good, some of them being better than I thought they would be, the overall drive to attend University was the desire and interest to deepen my understanding of my chosen subject field (marine biology). For me, the challenge of University was not my top priority, but rather this interest for the field and wanting to further my learning.