A Level results were released today and I've seen a few people tweet/facebook/instragram their Uni acceptance, but I am sure there are some people, like me, who didn't end up going to Uni.
Let me start off by saying that I always wanted to go to University, but that changed during the second year of college. I went to a different college that I was initially set on going to partly because I couldn't change my Media course to Maths (I did Maths, Psychology and English Lit A Levels, with a Psychology AS) so I ended up going to a college that alot of the girls I went to school with went to. I've never been someone who liked exams nor have I been someone who managed to do an exam to my full potential and I am not sure exams are the best way to ascertain someones intelligence and to be honest I didn't do great in my A Levels...I'm not going to go into it because that would take FOREVER.
So, along comes results day and I didn't get into Hertfordshire to do the History course I wanted to do which ultimately was supposed to take me onto a sports journalism career. What was I going to do now? Well get myself a job of course! I have never been someone who could just sit at home doing nothing. I was already working that Summer but September 2011 I was unemployed and from then on I've had a succession of about 6 jobs and I wouldn't change it at all.
Every job I have had has been brilliant (they have all been short term contracts bar the job I am currently doing and have been in for a year and a half). If I had gone to University I would never have been able to experience the Olympics from inside the Athletes Village as I worked for LOCOG. Nor would I be able to be completed money independent, I know Uni makes you more independent as a person, but I am debt free with my own money to spend on myself. Sometimes I wonder what it would've like to live on campus/with flatmates but I did visit a few friends while they were away and got a taster.
I definitely did not miss the stress of deadlines. I remember calling my friend Rachael while she was writing her dissertation and literally being told "dissertation speak to you later" for about 3 months! Nor do I miss the stress of revision and exams...I HATED THEM.
I did miss learning though and I'm still contemplating a History learning course, without the exams!!!, because I loved learning about historical events and people!
So don't stress if you didn't get into Uni, it's not the end of the world. Get yourself job searching or looking into alternative ways into a profession such as an apprenticeship. If you are dead set on it though, look into clearing, I probably could have done that and gone to Uni, but I decided not to. Or look into resitting certain modules/subjects, speak to your college teachers and I am sure they will help you out. Maybe you do end up in Uni but just a year later than you planned, there's nothing wrong with that either.
I can honestly say I am so glad I didn't go to Uni and not getting into my first choice didn't stop me from progressing. I may not be in Sports Journalism as I envisioned at 18, maybe I can still look into getting into it if I really wanted to, but I have had such good experiences and I have so much to look forward to in the next few months!
Whatever you do chose to do, don't stress!