Blog: Awaiting A Level Results
15 August 2012
18-year old Mirela Ivanova, HEAPS mentee and soon to be Teach First intern, awaits A Level results day...
With the light sunshine of summer slowly fading and the pleasure of carelessness giving way to an atmosphere of fear and trepidation, there is little else for A Level students to do but fret the arrival of exam results. The canonical 16th of August daunts nearer and nearer and the stakes, for me and other fellow students, are higher than even before. I suspect it is only logical then, for me, dear reader, to be drowning in paroxysms of anxiety. Fortunately, I have found a much better solution to such serious problems. This solution, I like to think, is the best cure for any problem whatsoever - distraction.
The best thing any student can really do a week or so away from the most significant day of his or her life is to distract oneself. The truly tedious situation we have been placed in is unlike most others in life, in that it leaves us completely helpless.
A surgeon may worry over an operation but he can review the case and re- plan the procedure to better the outcomes. A barrister expecting a hearing can read, re-read and edit his speech. A student awaiting results can do little but drown in self-pity.
That 'little' is precisely the distraction I am referring to.
Personally, I have spent the last month on holiday. A week of which was by the sea enjoying the salty water and soaking in sunshine. July and August should have been a drawn out and fearsome period of waiting. For me, they were a chance to re-unite with old friends, make new acquaintances, try out new things, sleep on the beach, walk around town in my pyjamas - you name it and I've probably considered it at the very least. The freshness of the situation left me no time to even consider the examinations I took earlier that year or the stress I am supposed to be undergoing awaiting the results. Thus, whether you are upset about your exams, happy or worried, the last thing you should do is think about them.
I am not sure whether one can call this advice or simply some sort of vague aim but all students should try their best to keep themselves on their feet. Look for new people, new experiences and in the short time left until doomsday - do not let yourselves settle. Because it’s only once we feel comfortable in a recognisable environment that we always undertake the most natural and damaging thing to human nature - worrying.
Mirela will update us on her future plans later this week - good luck Mirela!