You Are Not Your Exam Results

You Are Not Your Exam Results

A Story by MissJE1994
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Just my thoughts about exam results and life in general.

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This is just my opinion on exams results, I am not expecting everyone to agree with it.
It's been seven years since I got my GCSE results and five years since I got my A Levels. Both times I didn't get the results I could have achieved, purely because I didn't put in nearly as much effort as I could have done. You would have thought that after just scraping enough GCSE passes to continue into sixth form, I would have knuckled down and worked hard during my A Levels, but that wasn't the case. I was planning to go to college to study Performing Arts but changed my mind at the last minute and opted to stay at school because that was what most of my friends were doing, even though there were no courses there that I was particularly interested in (they didn't offer English Language which is what I was most interested in). So anyway, two years after the initial disappointment, history repeated itself because I'd spent most of my time having fun with my friends.
I didn't want to go to university anyway, at that time I really wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life, and even if I had, I never felt it was really the direction for me anyway, I felt done with learning. Instead I spent the summer applying for jobs local to me and started working in a gift shop in September. It might not sound very exciting but all I really wanted at that point in my life was to make some money while I decided what I wanted to do with my future. I actually ended up quite enjoying my time there, I learnt so many things that I could never have learnt at school, about life and people, and most importantly about myself. I've never been shy exactly, but I'd never been brimming with confidence either, so working in a fast paced customer environment really pushed me to do things out of my comfort zone that I wouldn't ordianarily have done. During the first year or so of work, I really matured and felt that if I could go back and do my last four years of school again then I would have done them entirely differently and fulfilled my potential, but as time went on I realised that there was no point in feeling like that. I am who I am, so I know that even if I did go back to school with the best of intentions, I still wouldn't be interested in enough of the lessons to do much better than I had the first time. 
But the most important lesson I had learnt from being in the real world, was that it didn't matter. Obviously, exam results are important, particularly if you are lucky enough to have a clear idea of where you want to go in life when you're doing them, but they are not the be all and end all that most schools would have you believe. There is more than one direction to take after you leave school, academia is not the only path. What about people who excell in other ways that just aren't available in school, like plumbers and electricians, trades that will always be needed and can pay pretty well too? What about people who just don't want to go to university and are happy doing something like shop work or an apprenticeship? There are so many other options out there. 
Basically, what I'm trying to say, is that when you get your results, don't feel like it's the end of the world if they aren't what you hoped for. You're only 16/18, you have your whole life ahead of you and you can do anything you want with your life. Take some time out of studying and earn some money for yourself, take your exams again, you can do that in twenty years time if you want, think about your interests and what you really want to do, experiment with different jobs or university courses, there is no shame in finding that something isn't right for you if you've bothered to give it a try, you could even have a total career change at fifty five if you want to.
I stayed in the shop for four years, learning and maturing constantly in that time, being promoted to Senior Assistant, and saving money. No I didn't choose the academic route, but I have changed and learnt things about myself that I never imagined possible, I've made friends for life and had some fantastic life experiences, just as much, if not more, as I feel I would have done had I gone to university. I am proud to say that I haven't needed to borrow a penny from my parents since I was sixteen, and next year I should have enough to put a deposit down on a flat. I have worked hard to get where I am today and most importantly, I've done it all by myself. I left the shop last year when I decided to start my own business, which I'm pleased to say is going very well. I also have various other projects that are still in the beginning stages but that are also looking very promising. 
My life may not look like very much on paper, but I make decisions entirely for myself and most importantly, I am happy with those decisions. Never let anyone tell you what you should be doing, it's your life and your path, we all take different ones which is what makes life interesting. I wish everyone getting exam results all the luck in the world, I hope you are all able to follow your dreams and live your best life. Never give up and never stop striving to make your dreams a reality, whatever they are.

© 2017 MissJE1994



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Added on August 16, 2017
Last Updated on August 16, 2017
Tags: Exams, A Levels, GCSEs, Future, Career, School, Work, University, Life, Money, Dreams, Results, Happiness

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