It’s that time of year when young people, finishing college get their A-Level results – including my little brother and I’m feeling very nostalgic.
That was me 5 years ago.
FIVE YEARS! I know it may not seem like a long time to some people but, a lot can happen in 5 years.
I remember opening my A-Level results and having that sinking feeling because I didn’t get the grades I needed to get into my first choice. I wanted to go the the University of Salford and study Journalism.
I remember thinking that it was the end of the world, not knowing that it was all part and parcel of a greater plan.
What I did know is that, I wanted to be in Manchester, which at the time, I considered a great hub for budding writers and people in the Arts. It’s here, I ended up studying Creative Writing led Community Practices instead.
Looking back, I don’t think I would have had it any other way. I met some amazing people and have wonderful memories. If I had known how much Manchester Met University would change and shape me as a person and a writer, it would have been my first choice!
This week, a lot of people might have opened there results and been disappointed but, it isn’t the end trust me!
There are many success stories out there of people who didn’t get the grades they wanted at college and still went out to do amazing things at university.
I’ll use myself as an example. I got into Manchester Metropolitan University through clearing and studied a combined honors degree that saw get a first class in Creative Writing and 2:1 in Community Practices, achieving a 2:1 overall. I have had the opportunity to work in high schools, mental health organisations and represent the university in many ways through teaching creative writing skills and supporting young students with projects in the Arts. I am now going on to do a Masters degree.
I say I this, not to toot my own horn but to share that, just because life sometimes doesn’t go the way you planned it, you can still turn it around for the better.
It’s been 5 years of highs and lows but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. The best is yet to come… you just have to believe in yourself and work hard to achieve your dreams.
I’m dedicating this to my little brother Daniel, who got the grades and was offered and unconditional place at a performing at University! I’m proud of him. But I’ve found that’s he’s struggling to comprehend the transition he’s about to face in the next couple of weeks. I’m trying to equip him with the little I know about the University experience; budgeting, job searching, campus life etc. But I know that everyone’s experience and ideas are different.
So I’m also going to ask you guys…
What advice were you given when you were going to start your university journey? How did you prepare? Any advice you can give teenagers on this day and age?
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Peace & Love 😊❤