Thursday, 18 August 2016

Dear Students. To anyone who is in education or picking up their alevel results today.

Dear Students. To anyone who is in education or picking up their alevel results today.

I want you to know that when it comes to results day that grades do not define you as a person and they do not stop you from achieving your goals. There are plenty of options to achieve your goals if you didn't get the grades that you wanted.

I was inspired to write this blog post as I saw that it's a level results day on Twitter. I thought about my own experience with education and I wanted to share it with you because it might help somebody who is reading this.

I'm an example of someone who didn't get the grades they wanted when they left school and it took me 6 years to get the qualifications to get a place at university.

I think that education is an intense experience as you are learning many subjects and skills in a certain period of time. I remember sitting in a classroom feeling overwhelmed because of the amount of information which I was learning and processing.

My sensitive nature despised exams when I was younger because I couldn’t handle the thought of failure. Before an exam, I would lose all of the information which I needed to remember from my mind due to nerves.

Have you experienced this? let me know in the comments below.

Everyone has strengths weaknesses and it's great to make mistakes.
Do you know why? because you learn from them.

All my failures and mistakes have now made me into a confident 28-year-old woman who has a degree in Fashion Design and a YouTube channel called BunnyMoonstone.

I didn’t pass all of my GCSES when i left school in 2004 because I was only interested in 3 creative GCSE subjects which were textiles, drama and art. My personality has either a lot of passion for a subject or no interest whatsoever (and if I lose interest in a subject or project, good luck trying to get me back into it. lol)

I managed to get 3 C GCSE grades. I had to stay on for one extra year at sixth form to study a GNVQ qualification because I needed 5 A-C GCSE grades to study alevels. I passed the GNVQ qualification which gave me the grades i needed to study alevels.

I went to art college and i only studied 2 alevels which were art and photography because i found it overwhelming at school studying 7 GCSES subjects all at the same time. Art college was the best as I felt like I could learn at my own pace and the exams were judged by coursework. Surrounding yourself with like minded creative people helps alot.

After I passed my alevels I studied a foundation diploma in art and design for a year to get my UCAS points up to apply for university as 2 levels were not enough points.

I broke away from education in 2008 for 2 years and then i got myself a place university in 2010 when I was the age of 22 and I graduated in 2012 with a 2:2 Fashion Design degree qualification from New College Nottingham.

If I can do it, so can you.

Don’t give up!

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

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