Congratulations! What next? – OurWarwick

Congratulations! What next?

Hey guys! As today is results day for A-levels students, I wanted to write a post congratulating everyone. Regardless of the grades you got and whether this met your expectations, you have finally graduated from high school (or college or however you call it in the UK!) and you have worked so hard to get where you are, so be proud of yourself! And also, don’t be too hard on yourself, you are graduating in the midst of a pandemic – this is literally historic.

I know that it can be easy to stand on the other side and say don’t worry or it will be okay. But as cliché as it is, it usually will be okay or will become okay at the very least. I remember how scared and panicked I was before results day (which was much earlier for me because I did the IB) so I understand how anxious you might feel. For a lot of you, your firm choice may be your dream university and at this point, it may feel like these grades will define the rest of your life or career. I promise, that’s not true. Once you get to university, no one really cares about your grades. And while where you go to university can change your experience, it is not the be all end all either.

If you got the grades you wanted or exceeded your expectations, that’s amazing, good for you! If you didn’t meet your predicted grades, don’t worry and don’t panic! There are tons of useful tips about the clearing process and as I haven’t gone through it myself, I can’t help too much here but in a very general sense, if you have any concerns, contact the university with your questions and I’m sure they will be helpful! Universities truly understand the circumstances you are graduating under, so don’t worry, they will be accommodative.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, first of all, take a deep breath. You’re finally done with school and going to university! Whichever one it is, it’s going to be great! If you’re coming to Warwick, I’m sure you’re going to love it! From my first experience of the university at a summer school, to starting my Economics degree last year to thinking of going back this year, I’ve loved my experience at Warwick so much! I have already grown a lot as a person, I’ve made amazing friends and I have been able to explore so many new opportunities.

Once you’ve figured out where you’re going, you might have to start thinking about the practicalities – accommodation, flights or travel, when you arrive, what campus will look like amidst COVID etc. It can be overwhelming to think about all of this immediately so leave it for later. Take this day, a couple of days or even a couple of weeks to celebrate your achievement! Don’t worry about preparing for your course or doing summer reading or applying for internships and so on. Take this time to relax and enjoy because I’m telling you, you’ll think about all these things later anyway.

But just one thing – if you are worried about your uni experience and how it’s going to change due to COVID-19, I can’t tell you to not be worried because honestly, I do think it’s going to be different. At least at Warwick, so far, we have been told lectures are going online and classes with a size of 25 or lesser students will take place in person. This is quite different from how my first year started out and this likely means that social life will be different. However, I can tell you, at least from a society perspective, us execs are all trying to adapt and hold great events for you and to conduct socials (virtual or not!) so that you can meet people! Admittedly, the social life will be different but it is up to you to try to find the silver lining and take the alternate opportunities to meet people and forge your relationships.

To answer the question in my title, what next? Well, that’s completely up to you but my advice – enjoy your time at home, celebrate with your friends and family and stay excited about coming to uni!

Congratulations to everyone who got their A-level results and who will be getting their results soon! If you’re coming to Warwick, welcome and I hope you love it like I do!

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