I’ve only ever made one personal post before, and I think that went down quite well. I felt like this is something I needed to talk about right now.

Everyone has just gotten their A Level results, and a year ago, that was me. So, what have I actually done since A Levels?

I didn’t think I’d stay in the same job. In my head, as soon as I finished college I would have been looking for a new job with better pay and more hours, but that just hasn’t really happened. I’m always looking, but I’ve not moved on yet. Thankfully, what was once a weekend job around college did become a bit more when they gave me more hours, but it’s still not what I wanted.

I never planned to go to university. I hated being stuck in a room learning things, and couldn’t get anywhere further by going to uni, so that just wasn’t an option to me. But I don’t feel like I’m any further behind by not going to university.

At college, I studied English Language, English Literature and Law. I absolutely hated law and took my chance to drop it as soon as I could. My law tutor once told me that he didn’t want to teach me as I had ‘no ambition and no wish to succeed’. Right now, I wish I could show him that I am full of ambition, and did even better after dropping his class.

A year on from A Levels, I now run this blog which I work on every single day. I suppose A Level Literature sort of comes into this, but it’s not really been a major help.

The easiest way to put what I’m trying to say is:

To me, my A Levels didn’t matter. I did them because I had to.

I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy my time at college. I still talk to one of my Literature tutors because she was an absolutely amazing help and she still supports everything I do.

What advice would I give to people who’ve just got their results?

I know I wouldn’t have listened to a word of what I’m saying now when I did my A Levels, but it’s still worth a try.

1) Your first year results don’t mean anything. The majority of A Levels now rely on only your final year exam grades and coursework – your first year is just a bit of a trial run at that. Don’t be downhearted if you didn’t get what you wanted. In my first year, I got an E, D, and C. In my second, an A, B, C. You can really make a difference in your second year.

2) If these are your final result and you’ve not got the grades you wanted, don’t take it to heart! If you still got into uni, well done you! If you didn’t, there’s always next time. You don’t have to go straight to uni as soon as you are old enough, you have your whole life for these sorts of things.

3) No matter what education tries to drill into you, university is not the only option. You can succeed in life without a piece of paper calling you clever. There’s other paths to follow, don’t just go to uni because you have been told since primary school that it is the only way to succeed in life.

I know I’m quite biased on this, but I just want to show everyone that there’s another side to all of this. University isn’t the answer to everything.

Leave me your A Level stories in the comments!

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