Saturday, 27 August 2016



So, first a little apology with regards to my rather long absence. If I'm honest, I really didn't feel like writing after my A-Levels - taking 4 exams of over 2 hours made putting together a coherent sentence the last thing I wanted to do.

I also have a bit of a confession- I haven't read a book all summer. For someone who previously was getting through about a book a week, and aspired to study English at Uni, this is incredibly unusual. A-levels, especially English Literature, are also to blame for this. I worked so so hard at English after coming out with a C in my exam last year as I knew I needed an A overall to get into Uni. That C had a devastating effect on my confidence; although I was securing high marks in all my coursework and practice essays, the idea that I might let myself down in the exam again continued to haunt me. Then, it came to my AS retake exam. The timed essays I had handed in before this exam had been good, apart from a couple where I had made silly grammatical or spelling errors that had brought the mark down- this is what I was aiming to avoid. I felt like the exam went okay, until I had this horrible feeling that I had spelt the word 'humorous' wrong throughout my essay- 'humour' was the focus of the question. I made the fatal mistake of googling the spelling, confirming my suspicion, and consequently spent the rest of the summer worrying that I had again dragged down my grade. It was always on the back of my mind, and made me doubt the success of my A2 exam as a result. I wanted to study English so badly, and the idea that I might have ruined my chances with a silly spelling mistake was awful. Picking up a book reminded me of this fact, and so I kind of avoided them for the whole summer.

It came to results day, and turned out that although the mistake may have impacted on my exam a little bit, it was not enough to affect my overall grade and I secured the A I needed! Next week I will be moving to Scotland to study English Literature as well as modules in Comparative Literature and Persian, and I could not be more excited! I feel refreshed and enthusiastic after my hiatus- and ready to read some books!


1 comment

  1. Looking forward to reviews from St Andrews!


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