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Liz Wright

A Student's Diary – Applying to University

Elizabeth Wright

Waiting for Results Day

After what seems like years of staring at textbooks and praying that something goes in, I have finally jumped over the hurdle that is "A Levels".

Now the agonising waiting for results day begins. Whilst this is a stressful time, there are certainly advantages to no longer having to study. While I wait for results day I have time to do what I want to do instead of what I need to do. For instance, I’ve already polished off six novels and finished my Gold Duke of Edinburgh.

Waiting for Results Day should be a combination of productive university preparation and enjoying your well earned break from studying.  

Prepping' for university begins

My 'preparations' for university have begun in earnest. Knowing that I won't be able to afford luxury chocolate, I have started to test cheap varieties with some intersting findings:

  • Aldi's own brand is currently the best I've tried.
  • Sainsbury's Basic is the worst.I know 
  • Tesco’s 75p version tastes remarkably similar to Dairy Milk which is an unexpected bonus.
  • Tesco's 30p bar is not up to scratch.

Additional, more serious preparation will begin. 

Enjoying summer

I’ve had a busy few weeks with my Year 13 Leavers Ball, a leaving party for my friend Rebecca who is moving to Canada for university, a wedding where I’m helping out with Photography and a holiday to Centre Parcs with my friends. That’s right, my first holiday without any parents (although you’re supposed to have an ‘over 21’ in the group to get into Centre Parcs, but what they don’t know can’t hurt them).

My plans for the rest of the summer mainly include:

  • Watching every Disney movie ever made
  • Netflix and Cookie Dough
  • Re-reading Harry Potter
  • Buy more books
  • Decide which books to take to University
  • Maybe possibly finish my novel hopefully
  • Probably procrastinate a lot
  • Cut the hedge
  • Bake a lot of cakes
  • Eat a lot of cakes
  • But also lose weight

And if none of the above takes your fancy get some inspiration from this article: 6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer Break.

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Nervously awaiting results

Of course I’m already dreading results day, it’s hard to avoid think about such an important day as it will have a huge impact on the next three years of my life and beyond. But rather than dwell on the magnitude of A Level results, I'm focusing instead on the inevitable post-results Nandos trip with my friends!

And because I am a supremely awkward person, I decided a few days ago that I want to change my university course. It’s not a drastic change, I'm looking to change from Philosophy to Philosophy and English Literature. Mainly because of the influence of the absolutely superb English teachers I have had over the past seven or so years; but also because I love Shakespeare. I'm going to call the admissions office once I know I have a place and see what they can do!

If you have a similar change of heart to me, make sure you research university policy on changing courses, and contact the universities you applied to. 

This site has a good Clearing section with lots of advice on what to do come results day whether you did better or worse than expected.

Good luck to all, and may the results be ever in your favour.