Dear Past Self,
You did it. You successfully got through the stress that is A-Levels. Yes, you didn’t do as well as you could have, but you did get through it, and for that I’m proud of you. Although you didn’t think you would, you got into your first choice university – on an unconditional offer, so you’re doing something right! Just stay calm and you can reach for the stars.
I’d like to point out how you never gave up, even when you were seconds from doing so. You had a tough year last year, with the stress and complications in your history course but you gave it your all and succeeded. You exceeded in Media, which evidently was your favourite subject ever since you did your GCSEs. Your strengths excelled in coursework aspects of your subjects, which should take some stress off you from exams throughout your university life.
You’re biggest problem throughout education was procrastination, you were a pro. You would do anything to get away from completing essays and would get easily distracted by any rubbish on TV! I advise you to avoid this in university. Start on tasks when they’re set, do not leave it all to the last minute. Do not doubt yourself and your thoughts like you always do – take part in group discussions, don’t be afraid. You can do this, I know you can.
Don’t screw it up,
Dear Future Me,
What is it you want to achieve in the next year? Think of it, and stick to it. When writing this, I wish you experience the highs and lows university – mainly the highs, I really do hope that you can look back on your first year of university and say “I studied hard and did well, but had such a good time doing it”. Don’t raise your hopes too much; because I can’t predict the future – for all I know, you may hate it.
I hope you got along well with those on your course; because trust me, there was no need to be afraid to make friends, everyone will be in the same boat as you are. Grasp all opportunities in the palm of your hand and success will follow – I promise. This year, you will have beaten the procrastination and you will have met the targets and deadlines you’ve set yourself (in terms of academia and other goals).
You’re a lot better at time management now than you were last year, and you pay more attention to the world around you. Life doesn’t revolve around your social media profiles and you have a life away from the internet now. You’re going to be a lot more focused on your work this year and you will gain confidence and do things you never would have before, like travelling outside of the country with friends.
I’m so proud of you for getting through this year and not giving up; I’m guessing you were to close to it. You’re strong, much stronger than you thought you were, the balance between staying on track with your education and having a social life has been difficult, being the introvert person you are, I hope you do not regret staying at home and not living in halls. Stop bottling up your thoughts and feelings, let your emotions out and talk to someone.
Keep smiling and hope the next year is just as good as this one was.
Love, Gemma x