A Year In Review

With results day done and dusted for A level students in the UK, the next day if hyperness shall be this Thursday when GCSE results are revealed.

With people going from secondary school to college or from college to university, there is a year of students who are often forgotten about. It is those who will be entering their second year of college.

I remember the moment after receiving my AS grades last year. I had barely opened the results slip before a woman came bounding over, looked at my slip and exclaimed “oh you did well” before hustling me over to the cameraman. Friends and family would congratulate me and I would thank them but the overwhelming thought in my mind was this is merely the first step. I still had a year to go and so instead of feeling elated, I was merely relieved that the first year had gone well. It is important to work hard in the first year of A-levels, especially because your predicted grades will be based upon your results.

However, the problems can arise when after achieving good grades in your first year, you begin to feel a little complacent. You wouldn’t admit it out loud but I could tell that I was beginning to feel a little too confident with being able to get the required grades for university. This was coupled with the fact that I had been rejected from Oxford and UCL which were my top two choices. Therefore, my motivation was at an all time low as it felt like my hard work had all been for nothing.

In a way, it was correct to think that if I worked really hard and achieved higher grades, there would not be any added reward. It was not like Oxford was going to change its mind about me. This sort of thinking could have been damaging though, had I not bad a few bursts of studious activity. During Easter, I told myself that I will get ready for the exams and be in a prime position for them when they roll over. The funny thing is, once I was in a prime position to take the exams, the exams were still a month away! Often the thought is that if only exams were later, once everything has been revised but that can lead to mental exhaustion and boredom.

Thankfully, I still managed to get the grades required for university but my advice to AS students would be: don’t become complacent or over confident. If you begin to feel bored, then do not complete all of your revision extremely early and ahead of time as that would lead to a period where your mind begins to forget or is lulled into a false sense of security and laziness.

Good Luck!

A Worried Student


Relaxing With Spraypaints

What better way to relax after results day than with spraypaints? After delving in the shed for a saw to cut a suitable piece of plywood, I finally managed to actually use the saw. They say that a man is meant to take care of his tools but for my dad this just means bundling everything in the shed with the vague idea that he will sort it out ‘one day.’

Anyway, so I decided to experiment after being told that it would be a good idea to create a sunset using the paints and here is what I came up with.


£25 anyone?

It needs a bit more work I think but after a few more practice runs, I am hoping to create a suitable background upon which I can write people’s names in graffiti. Would you be interested in purchasing such a thing?

I have sent so many emails over this past week that I neary signed off this post with the words ‘kind regards.’

Until Next Time

A Worried Student

Receiving Results On Live TV, EEK!

If you have nothing to do with the education sector, then you probably look on in bemusement when results day rolls up. I trust however, that you are not one of those who dismisses students’ achievements by saying things like “oh exams were far more difficult in my time” or “I wonder how many real subjects these students who are getting A grades actually did.” That is honestly a real comment made by someone on the Sky news page on which my video was.

What? Sky News? Yes, as I have mentioned previously or perhaps hinted at, this results day was all about being on television. Well there was the small part of getting my results but as I walked to college at 6:45am, I was more nervous about my imminent arrival on live TV. What if my grades were bad? Would I have to bluff it and cheerily say that I got all A stars?
“You’re brave,” my cousins told me. To be honest, I was not that worried about my results in terms of meeting the requirements of my University’s offer but being a slight perfectionist when it comes to grades, I wanted to get at least one A*.

The weather was quite gloomy as I shot a small selfie style video whilst walking to college. Now I normally have an aversion for selfies but this was on the orders of a producer at Sky. They had requested me to do a small vlog of results day where I capture some important moments so hopefully this should be coming out in the next few days when they have edited it all. I’ll keep you people updated, don’t worry! Update: Just as I was typing this, it came through so it is now on the same page as all the rest of the videos. Link is at the end of this post.

So when I arrived at college, the crew was there and they prepped us on what to expect. Imagine the torture, we had our results in our hands for about ten minutes yet we couldn’t open them! Finally, Sky News cut to our live feed and the correspondent jumped into action mode. I was the second person to be asked to open my results and for some reason when he asked what I would like to do in the future, I blurted out “your job!” It is true though and he did say when we were talking beforehand that if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

Thankfully, my grades were fine. (No I don’t really like talking or boasting about them so click the link below if you want to find out!) I would have liked to do a bit better in terms of some individual and whilst normally this kind of talk conjures up images of a pompous or weird perfectionist, I really do mean it.

At the same time, I am glad that it all went well and as we waited for other students to come in at 8:30, I took the time to relax and watch myself on TV. There are two videos; one where I am at home and they are interviewing me and another where I open my results and now the video diary but that has not made it to television yet.

One of the hardest things about results day once you have opened your own results and are happy with them is comforting those who did not do so well. Sometimes when it is your close friends, it is terribly difficult to know what to say and silence or a hug may work best. No one wants to be told that oh never mind it is going to be okay when they have just received bad news as they need time to digest information and accept what has happened. Teachers must find results day extremely heartening yet heartbreaking at the same time!

Luckily this year, there are more clearing places available so I hope everyone is successful in getting a place at a university they like.

Until Next Time

A Worried Student

Oh yes, the link. I gingerly paste it: http://news.sky.com/story/1318305/record-numbers-off-to-uni-as-a-grades-rise

P.S: The videos which have a cool teenager called Siraj are the ones you need to watch ;)


Caught Out In The Beautiful Rain

Remember that post where I described how I was upset that I hadn’t been outside during a rainstorm?  Well yesterday, my wish was granted. I was royally, completely and utterly drenched.

I was taking my bike to the local Halfords for its six weeks service when the first drops suddenly began to fall. In seconds, it had become a storm as huge dollops of rain battered the pavements, blinding drivers and the poor bike rider on the road, AKA Me! It was amazing, I had barely ridden two blocks when I had to stop since I could not see. I was soaked to the skin and my new trousers were now a darker shade of blue.

Rain does change people you know. I found myself smiling and nodding at every person who walked past as we grinned at each other’s situation. It was a beautiful rainstorm and as thunder rumbled overhead, I thought I may as well get myself to Halfords since I was so wet that riding in the rain again would not make any difference.

It was as I stood there that I thought damn, I should have brought my new phone as I would have been able to use its camera in the rain with its waterproof feature! When I reached Halfords, dripping like a dog who’d just leapt out of the sea, I stood there grinning in spite of my condition and I sheepishly smiled as the employee mopped up the puddle I had created.

The post office on the corner was shut due to flooding. Do you know how annoying it was to run from Halfords to the Post Office, only to be faced with a big wooden door barring me from shelter? So off I went, running back to dear old Halfords where one employee was now saying customers should leave their bikes outside if they only wanted to buy products. “The Post Office is closed” I offered as way of an explanation to the woman who’d watched incredulously as I had dared to leave the safety of the shop as it pelted down. “What a plonker” she must have been thinking.


The aftermath, sunny blue skies whilst my window (and I) were still soaked.

It was glorious but I think I’ve had enough rain for a few weeks now, especially since my bedroom ceiling is looking a bit delicate. If you ever want to cheer up though, then a summer storm will certainly help you out. True rain lovers will understand what I am talking about.

Until Next Time

A Worried Student