I had never imagined results day to be so packed with things to do and it is stressful no matter what your results turn out to be! That’s why I decided to make this week’s post a guide for future students about how to prepare for results day.
The night before:
It’s always hard to sleep when you’re worrying and no amount of advice will help with that- I’m sorry! Instead use this time to do something useful.
Begin by preparing for the worst: as much as you don’t want to think about it download the telegraphs clearing app. Make a list of all your university choices including any you turned down offers for and search the courses you want to study. Find the clearing numbers and write them down.
If you do have to call the universities then be prepared for a mini interview, and if they don’t offer you a place move down the list through your preferred options. Consider college courses and apprenticeships that may help you reach your end goal.
The dreaded day:
- CHECK UCAS!
The site will be open from 8:00am so make sure you check your status. Although you may be scared or worried it’s better to know before then after you’ve collected your results, many universities will offer places even if you didn’t make the grades.
- Remember to eat.
- Go in and get your results.
It can be a good idea to meet with your friends and celebrate or if it’s not gone to plan you’ll need them before you can apply through clearing.
- Let everyone know.
At the end of the day it’s not just you who’s been awaiting your results, friends and family will also be desperately hanging on the end of the phone and can be a huge support.
- Check your emails.
Some universities will require you to log into online portals to enrol or even to book accommodation.
- Go out and celebrate!
There will be thousands of results day events across the country (I can personally recommend oxford!) but if this isn’t your seen there are loads of other things you can do. Go out for lunch or dinner, hit the shops, take a trip to the cinema or just have a quiet night in with your family or friends.
The week after:
So this is where things start to get real! You may be moving out or you might be starting a new job whatever it is be prepared. Make a note of all the things you’ll need to buy and check everything you need to do in advanced. If you’re going to live in halls of residents find your flat mates on social media and make sure relax.
You’ve done it. Results day is over. Enjoy your next adventure.