I barely slept last night, tossing and turning, worried about the results in that envelope, and it wasn’t even my envelope it was my 16 year old son’s.
I was worried about the new grading system and how that would affect him. I was worried that he may not get the results he wanted to enrol on his college course that he’s been talking about all year. I was worried about him being worried!
I know so many other parents will be in my position today, feeling nervous or excited.
I know so many other kids will be in my son’s position, waiting to see if they got the results they need to move on to the next stage of their life.
Things are not always as good or as bad as they seem when you first open that envelope and see those results printed in black and white. Your results do not define you, you define you. That envelope is just the start, regardless of what is printed on that A4 piece of paper it is now up to you what happens next.
If you received excellent grades then well done, you did amazing, but that does not mean you are guaranteed success & wealth in in life. And if you are disappointed with your grades, perhaps they weren’t what you were expected or they might not be good enough for that college course or sixth form, that doesn’t mean you’re doomed.
Regardless of what is in that envelope, my advice to you is the same.
Work hard at whatever you do, whether that is resits or your A Levels, an apprenticeship or going to work in the family business. Work hard & dream big.
Don’t just rush off into a job because it pays, but don’t go to Uni just because that’s what everyone else is doing. Think hard about what is right for you and how you are going to get there.
That envelope is just the start. Whatever your dream is, you can achieve it. You might have to take further exams, resit exams, build new skills, learn a trade. Being successful means different things to different people. Success is not just about the best grades or earning the most money, and it definitely doesn’t equal happiness.
Good luck on your future journey and remember that whatever happens, Donald Trump became President. Anything is possible!