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The dreaded word for many students: Results day

I just wanted to write a quick blog post wishing every one out there that is receiving A-Level results to tomorrow a big good luck, although, you won’t need it as I am sure many (if not everyone (!)) have worked so hard. I know it’s easy saying this, but, if you don’t get the results that you desired it’s not the end of the world. Results day for me was probably the worst days of my life. The night before I would be physically sick, not eat anything, get very little sleep and cry …a lot. One tactic that I did find helpful is something called MindfulnessMindfulness is the practice of just situating yourself in the present – focus on your breathing, all of your senses – for example, thinking about what does your fingers feel like? Weird I know, but if you attempt to focus your mind on your body, position and surroundings, this may help take your thoughts away from the stresses of what is to come and make you realise that you are living. One thing that was particularly good for me was listening to the sounds around me, and what I would do is try to identify everything that I could hear. Looking back now, I wish I wasn’t as stressed as I was, but that’s how life goes. One day you will be able to face moments with these (as many people do already), with the attitude of ‘what will be will be’. Just make sure that once you get your results, especially if they’re the ones you needed/wanted, celebrate them! Don’t think ‘oh I could have gotten better’ or anything along those lines. Think, ‘Hurrah, I did it!’. Not many people admit this, or may even agree, but A-Levels are hard. You have these different subjects to juggle, and things to remember for your exams etc, that you should be proud of your achievements.


Watch this video below – a little bit of light entertainment to make you laugh!

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Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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