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Dear anyone who got A-Level results today,

Firstly, congratulations to all of you who got what you wanted, i’m so happy for you and I hope you have an amazing time at your first choice university! 

But this letter is more for those who didn’t achieve their goals and may no longer be able to go to the university they hoped for.

It’s not the end of the world.

Okay so maybe you got a B instead of the A you needed to get into your first choice uni.

Maybe you didn’t get an offer from any universities at all.

It’s okay. 

Life still goes on.

It may be a complete shock that you didn’t get what you wanted or expected.

Maybe you worked as hard as you could possibly work with your revision but still didn’t get what you wanted.

Maybe you didn’t revise enough and you only realise looking back on it now.

But the most important thing to remember is it’s okay.

Your results don’t determine your self worth

Maybe you don’t think you could possibly have worked any harder - and that’s completely valid, because you worked as hard as you could.

It doesn’t mean your best wasn’t good enough, it just means someone else’s best was better. 

Perhaps other people had better resources or just simply had a better day on the exam day.

It’s okay.  

You still have options

Clearance offers can get you somewhere to do a degree. It may not be the one you originally wanted to do but who knows, maybe you’ll end up preferring it anyway. And just because it wasn’t one of the universities you even considered before, that doesn’t mean you can’t get the best out of it.

Or you could take a gap year. You could spend your time doing whatever you felt necessary to help you get where you want to go; you could go back to school for a third year of 6th form, or you could do an apprenticeship, or some other way of gaining useful qualifications.

Maybe now just isn’t the right time for you to go to university. You may end up not going to university for a while but that doesn’t make the experience any less valuable.

Or maybe you’re just not the type to go to university at all. Perhaps it took this to help you realise that.

Whatever happens, just remember that there are people who will love and support you, whether or not you go to uni.

Going to uni isn’t the be all and end all of everything; not having a degree doesn’t make you any less of a person. 

I hope it all works out for you all, I hope this letter may come as some consolation or support through this potentially difficult time.  

Lots of love,