Recently, I submitted my final decisions for university – my firm and insurance choices. I also applied for student finance and accommodation. This means that, regarding my road go university, I have just one goal left: my grades.
I’m hoping to achieve AAA in my A Levels. It’s a tall order, and I’m trying to stay positive about it – my first exams are in May, and they’re actually retakes. To be honest, I really struggled to come to terms with retakes. There was a time in my life when I thought if ever I had to retake an exam, I’d really have hit rock bottom. It may sound stuck-up, but I spent five years in the Gifted and Talented programme – for those of you who may not know, this is where schools in the UK take special measures to provide opportunities for those in the top percentage for achievement in their year’s cohort. The one thing this programme is really great at, though, is making you struggle with failure. Finding my GCSEs relatively easy – I say relatively, because it really bugs me when people underestimate the amount of effort I put into my qualifications – I was mainly a straight A student. In the end, with all the government reshuffles and having been entered and withdrawn from various exams over the years, I eventually received 2 A*s, 6 As and 4 Bs. Even that was a disappointment. (Sorry.)
Last year, I took 5 AS levels. I got BCCDD. Again, a disappointment. This wasn’t entirely my fault though – having asked for my papers back, I found out that three of my exams had been marked initially as As and Bs, and later marked down. The reasoning behind this is hazy – English exam boards are a nightmare, and if an examiner is considered to have marked one paper too generously, a whole line of their papers are marked down by a certain margin, without anyone even taking a cursory glance at whether the initial mark was fair or not. To have this happen three times in one exam season is practically unheard of, so as you can imagine I was somewhat crushed. Small piece of advice – if you can avoid the AQA exam board, do so at ALL costs!
Either way, now, I am hoping that by retaking two of my papers, and completing all my A2 exams, I may just reach my grades. If I do, I’m sure I’ll let you know on here. If not, probably the same. Why not, eh?
I have to be honest though, having reached the point where everything but my grades is almost final, it’s quite a relief. Funnily enough, the day I realised I had just this one goal left, I got an A on an essay (that hasn’t happened in a while). Just FYI, when this post goes up, I’ll be coming back from a geography field trip – which has come at an extremely awkward time, all things considered, so hopefully I’ll have managed to conserve enough data to ensure it goes up!