Yesterday, I finally got to find out if the list of grades, that I have to plonk on my CV, is a true reflection of all of the studying, sacrifices and late nights over the last 3 years.
I’ve learnt so much more in my time at my current school than a list of grades will ever show for and although, right now, the emotions are feeling pretty raw, I know that I will eventually come round to feeling that way. The idealistic part of me longs for perfection, whereas my voice of reason knows that I’ve achieved surplus to what I needed to. And that I should proudly wear my string of A*s.
My GCSE results were outstanding and I’m so proud of myself for getting through the whole ordeal. I hope that it went well for everyone else who were in the same boat. And if you didn’t get what you wanted, know that these numbers don’t define your potential.
In some subjects, I exceeded my expectations and did what feels like the impossible, so I’m over the moon with that. The most important thing however, is that these grades have opened a door for me and allow me to pursue the further education path that I’ve been aiming for.
So, what have I decided to do with these grades?
I’ve made the decision to do the International Baccalaureate Diploma over the English GCE A Levels. I personally feel like the breadth of the IB will allow me to continue to develop a variety of learning skills and styles, in a way that only a range of contrasting subjects can. I’m an all-rounder- always have been and it’s important to me that my qualifications are a true reflection of my skill set.
If you weren’t aware of the IB, it’s a diploma that allows you to study 6 subjects, 3 at a higher level and 3 at standard level. The subjects are divided into different categories and you have to choose one subject in each category + more freedom for your sixth choice. Students are also required to do Creativity Action Service (CAS), an Extended Essay (EE) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK). It is graded with a point system and you use it to apply to university in the same way that you would A Levels. I’ve linked the IB website here if you want to find out more about it.
After hours of deliberation and the painful struggle that was bidding farewell to so many subjects that I adore, I’ve finally decided which subjects I’m going to do in sixth form (although, that might change once I start school in September…).
My subject choices:
HL English Literature, French & Biology
SL Geography, Philosophy, Maths
I can’t wait to embark on this new journey, which I’ve been told will fly by incredibly quickly; so I’m going to try to make the most of everyday and keep looking forwards.