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To Whoever Needs to Hear it…

For many, it’s exam season which means stress is running high and time is running out.

I not long ago handed in my dissertation, which I am still so happy about, and although I don’t feel it was perfect I am proud of the hard work I put in. I sacrificed a lot of time and sleep and now it’s a waiting game to see what I get. In the meantime, it’s another essay and an exam to revise for!

I’m seeing all over my social media people complaining about how stressed they are, how anxious they are feeling and how hard they are working. This turned my attention to how we feel about ourselves during this stressful time.

The thing I hate most about exams is that I don’t feel they are a true representation of a persons abilities and hard work. Learning just to excel at an exam and learning because you enjoy the subject and want to explore it more are unfortunately two different things. I feel in today’s society the education system (right the way from secondary to university) forces everyone to learn to pass an exam. The sheer volume of stuff you have to cover just in order to pass an exam now (especially A-levels) is ridiculous.

But to whoever needs to hear this, don’t let your exam results define you. You may be chuffed or you may feel disappointed with the outcome, but you should never let your results change the way you think about yourself. After all, they are not a true representation of your abilities or the hard work you have put in. Maybe I’ve been in education for too long, but there is far more to life than letting a grade alter your self-perception and making you feel worthless. It’s just a grade. It will not hold you back from achieving what ever you dream of in the future. Don’t be disheartened.

Keep things in perspective. Admittedly, the deadlines placed upon students make it easy for a healthy perspective to be lost. It forces you to push everything to the side and fixate on that one thing until it’s complete. Although this is a good mentality to get things done, its also very mentally draining. Every year after uni I feel so burnt out and need a week where I do absolutely nothing apart from gym and eat good food! I’m needing a lazy week!

The exam stress will all be a distant memory soon. Work hard but remember to keep things in perspective,

Jazzy B ❀

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