Waiting for the Oxford Answer
With Oxford results day right around the corner and the final decisions coming out, it’s hard not to feel caught up in the worry and stress of finding out whether you got in or not. Sometimes when you’re caught up in the hype, the excitement and the hope it’s easy to lose sight of what really matters.
Of course Oxford is wonderful and for many people their dream but it’s important to remember what you really want to get out of university. University is about broadening your horizons and being academically challenged in a subject area your passionate about. It’s about making friends and having new experiences that will stay with you hopefully for the rest of your life and it’s about paving the way for your future.
All of this does not necessarily have to occur at Oxford for it to be meaningful an enjoyable. What I’m trying to say is that Oxford is not the be-all and end-all of your life. With the possible initial disappointment, it certainly may feel like that, but you have to remember the other places you applied to. Why did you want to go there? What did they have to offer? Oxford might not be right for you but that doesn’t mean that other places aren’t.
Your life is not decided or limited by not getting into Oxford in any way. And if the rejection comes you need to see it as a hiccup in your long academic journey, re-evaluate and move forward.
A Levels and exams are a nerve-wracking time and it’s important that you focus on doing your best in those because ultimately wherever you decide to go to university, you’ll have an amazing time and make memories that last forever. So, remember, chin up and look forward to the future because there’s a lot of it to explore!
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