I got my A-Level results (CIE) yesterday! An A* for Biology and 3 A’s for Chemistry, Maths, and Geography. I’m so relieved that my Geography got an on-the-dot A with 80% marks, it was the subject that I was most terrified for because of the amount of knowledge I was supposed to have for exams and I felt like I didn’t have it…
Honestly, I don’t regret taking A-Levels even though it was tough and most of my friends complained that they should have gone for foundation instead. It taught me so much about myself and the world as well.
I feel like, no matter what course you take, whether its easier or more difficult or the most difficult course out there, go into it with your heart and mind open. And wisdom. Be aware of your limits, but don’t be afraid to test them. Don’t be afraid to fail. Know that at the moment, that is what you have to do, and dive into it with purpose and intention. But don’t forget the bigger picture. This is just one branch in the entire tree of life - there are so many more opportunities if this doesn’t work out well. Failing an exam isn’t the end of the world if you don’t allow it to be.
I’m so thankful to God because I believe that it was His grace that enabled and blessed me throughout. His Love was what supported my feet and strengthened my ankles when I was weak and about to fall. "With Your help I can advance a troop; with my God I can scale a wall."
I’m so blessed with a loving family that supported me throughout. And friends and classmates that encouraged & helped me. A-Levels would have been hell without them.
I think my advice for those that want to take A-Levels is this -
1) Study hard. There’s no escaping this unless you’re a top-in-the-world student with a genius brain. But even they need to study too.
2) Study hard but don’t forget to play. I had classmates that were 100% about studying. They never interacted with the rest of us classmates… In fact I don’t think I spoke 5 sentences with them at all. I know results are important, but at the end of the day the relationships and memories you make with your friends (laughing at bad inside jokes, groaning and commiserating over exams together, crying over results together, eating lunch together, panicking over tests ya’ll never remembered, being irritated at teachers that didn’t make an effort to teach etc) are what makes it worth it all.
3) Compare. I know people tell you not to compare. But it all comes down to your perception of your own self. If you see yourself as a person with strengths and weaknesses, a person weak enough to fail but still strong enough to deal with the failure - if you see yourself as uniquely YOU, with opinions and knowledge about the world yet aware that there is so much more for you to learn - then by all means, compare. Compare yourself with those that are higher, know more, love more, have brighter eyes and a lighter soul. Compare yourself and be open. Learn, investigate, see if there is a way you can bring yourself up to that level. Comparison is healthy when your perception of your own self is healthy. Everyone is different, and there is always something different to learn from everyone. We all have different levels of abilities, we need to learn to love the way we were made and support each other along the way.
4) Have a support system. Don’t try to do it all on your own. Help each other. Share tips. A-Levels is not a competition. Do good to one another. Laugh. Every single one of you will get into the university you were meant to be in - there’s no need to backstab or be envious. Each one of us has a different path in life that we will walk on. Lets embrace it fully and with passion.