Graduate Blog

A Level Results… What Comes Next?


It was mid-December at my school when I eventually persuaded myself to start knuckling down on a personal statement, in an effort to further myself at university. In hindsight, of which they say is a beautiful thing, I wish I had the drive I do now – the thirst for knowledge – the desire to be something. But in sixth form I’m fairly sure I exhibited none of the above. I admire those that did and resent those that sauntered through on the coat tails of their seemingly supernatural ability to pass exams.

Being on the cusp of adulthood is an exciting time for anyone and for me, trying to balance an incredibly important social life with an academic one wasn’t of the highest priority. But, luckily, I made it – and I’ve never looked back.

University is about much more than getting a few letters after your name. It’s about personal growth. It’s about peer-dependence. It’s about self-management. It’s about financial projection. It’s about survival. It’s about being poverty stricken and making sure everyone knows about it. It’s about camaraderie. It’s about being labelled by the rest of society. It’s about standing on your own two feet, but ultimately it’s about how to cultivate your being – in every aspect – into something that won’t fall to pieces when you’re going Han Solo.

Some are terrified by the thought of moving away from home and it positively invigorates others. Whichever group you may fall into is regardless – higher education is a rite of passage that should be embraced with open arms no matter where you are in the world.

Are they the best years of your life? It’s difficult to say – there’s a lot left to go, but I can say with utmost certainty that I will always look back on them with cherished memories.

If you’re waiting for you A-level results now – best of luck. You’re at the foot of the stairs. It’s a big climb from here, but one of the most enjoyable ones you’ll ever come to experience.


About the Author

Ross C Ross C

My name's Ross. I graduated from Staffordshire University in 2012 with a 2:1 in Music Journalism & Broadcasting. I’m currently wandering that worn line that a lot of graduates will come to know: the job hunt. It’s time to move out and move on. I find solace in the depths of music, my guitar and, of course, writing gigs like this one. They help ease the pain - keeping whatever sanity’s left in my noodle.

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