If you’re currently studying towards your A Levels, along with thousands of other students, you’re probably having the what-should-I-do-with-my-life crisis. Here are 2 quick points to (hopefully) encourage you a bit and help you make the decision about your next step.
Maybe you’re really passionate about a certain course, but you’re worried that you’re not going to get the grades. I would still really encourage you to take the risk and apply for that course-far better than just choosing a course you’re not so passionate about. I took a risk and applied for German & Spanish, even though I wasn’t so sure if my grades would be good enough. I got a place and two years later, I’m still SO glad I chose that course.
This point could be controversial with your parents so don’t let them see it 😉 The thing is though, you’re bombarded with information on all sides as it is (prospectuses, open days, blog posts…) Your parents, who you probably really want to please and do proud, throwing their opinion into the mix, can be really stressful. They want you to go to uni because they did/didn’t go to uni. They studied such-and-such at uni so they want you to follow in their footsteps. Some of you will probably be 18 years old now. Although you may not know how to work the washing machine or how to cook something other than beans on toast ;), you are adults and therefore can make your own decisions. Let your parents advise you on which path to take, but don’t let them make your decision for you.
Good luck with what can genuinely be a really stressful decision! I’m sure that you will be amazing at whatever you choose to do!