A message to my future self (+ every other year 11) on GCSE results day

Dear future me on results day,

As I’m writing this, there’s less than a week to go until GCSE results day 2018 and present day me is panicking slightly. But it’s important to remember that no matter what the piece of paper in that envelope says, you’ve done brilliantly. I know that you worked your socks off and hopefully your grades reflect that – but if they don’t, it’s not the end of the world. Who needs a GCSE in Chemistry anyway? Don’t let the numbers on that piece of paper define you. What defines you is the weeks of revision you put in, and every supportive text you sent to your friends and all those times that you could’ve watched another episode of Suits but instead you watched a Primrose Kitten video.

No matter what the paper says, you did good. You didn’t crack under the pressure of it all and you answered all the questions you could and that is all you can ask of yourself. So even if you didn’t reach your predicted grade or you have to do Economics A Level instead of History because you messed up badly on that Castles paper – so what? Life goes on. You’re still alive. You’re still the same person you were two days ago, when you didn’t know whether or not you’d failed your exams or if you’d gotten into sixth form. That hasn’t changed. They’re just some more numbers in a world of numbers.

Don’t freak out. Don’t cry. Smile. Be happy. Be grateful for what you do have. You can always retake your exams in November 😉

Having said all that  – if you’ve done well, ignore all of the above. Congrats! Go out, celebrate with your friends, eat cake and treat yourself! But remember, your shift at work starts at 11.

Good luck to everyone receiving their GCSE results on August 23rd 2018.

Lots of love,

Hannah Beth


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