Results day is usually an emotional scene of mixed feelings. For some it’s the best day of their lives, a day that recognises and rewards their obvious hard work and effort. Whilst for others, it can be a public nightmare – an injustice, a hard luck story or maybe a reality check.
Either way, you need to be ready for that emotional rollercoaster. Here are some tips to help you survive the biggest day of your educational life so far:
1) Plan your day
You’ll remember this day for years to come and maybe for the rest of your life. Are you going to go with friends? Is there a best friend that you want to be with when you open your results? Do you want to be on your own? Talk about it with your friends so you’re happy.
2) Parental contact
Remember that you are still your parents’ baby! They have gone through this with you as well. They will undoubtedly be just as nervous as you. Make sure you call them as soon as you’ve opened your results. Share your good news with them or let them support you if you are disappointed. No matter what happens, they will be proud of you.
3) Your results are personal
Remember that your results are YOUR results and that you should only broadcast them to the world if you want to. Everyone will be asking each other how they have done, but you can express your achievements without having to give everybody the full details if you feel you don’t want to. Some things you may want to keep to yourself.
4) Take some tissues
In my experience of being around results day for the past 15 years, there are always tears. Tears of joy, and tears of disappointment. Be prepared for all your effort and hard work to spill out in public when you open that envelope.
5) Celebrate others
Everyone is in the same boat on results day. Take time to celebrate other people’s achievements with them. And remember that not everyone will be happy. Some friends may need a word of comfort and support. Good friends are there for each other through thick and thin.
Try and capture the memories from results day. Hopefully it will be a happy one. The iconic photo of you holding your exam results either on your own or with your friends makes for a fantastic text message or email to your parents a home or at work!
7) Say thank you
Lots of people have helped you along the way with your studies. Making a point of thanking those teachers is a lovely thing to do. Those two words will mean a great deal to your teachers. And don’t forget your parents or carers. They have fed you, clothed you, put a roof over your head and supported you through this journey. They need a special thank you. The older you get, the more meaningful a hug and a thank you is to your parents.
Good luck, I hope it’s a day you’ll remember!