Life Update: A Levels? University? Adulthood? August was a hectic month… | LibroLiv

A lot happened in August. And I mean a lot. I’m not usually one for sharing my personal life that much on this platform – I mean, y’all came for the books not the goss – but this post is kind of necessary. Because the things that happened to me in August are *<{‘~life-changing~’}>* and inevitably my blog will change with this. Hence, it’s high time we spilt the tea.

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1. A Level Results Day

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I’ve mentioned this a few times (briefly), but if you didn’t know already, I sat my A Levels this year! If you’re not from the UK, you might not know what this is exactly, but it’s basically the last exams you sit in school before you head off to university, or, you know, the real world of work.

Back in early June, I sat 6 exams that determined my whole entire future. Dramatic, I know, but it’s necessary – because I don’t believe in this kind of school system at all, but that’s an issue for another day. I sat 2 exams for each subject that I had studied for the past 2 years: English Literature, English Language and Geography. They weren’t my best exams, but they certainly weren’t my worst. That didn’t stop me worrying for months, though. Results day wasn’t until 16th August, over 2 months after my final exam – so you can see how my thoughts had become a little…irrational.

I was panicking.

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I thought results day was going to be doomsday. I thought all of my hard work would have been for nothing, and that I’d royally messed up.

Again, for those unfamiliar with the UK school system, I’ll explain my situation a little bit more. I applied to 5 universities in October 2017 and had received all of my offers by early January 2018. By offers, I mean all 5 universities offered me a place to study at their institution from September 2018 based on my predicted grades and personal statement (pretty much a shot in the dark, but again, an issue for another time). So then I had to choose a firm choice and an insurance choice – pretty much what Americans would call a ‘reach’ school and a ‘safety’ school – and decline the other 3 offers.

In short, I went into results day with 3 possible outcomes:

  1. Achieve the grades to get into my first-choice university (yay!)
  2. Achieve the grades to get into my insurance choice university, but miss the grades for my first choice (still a yay, but not as much)
  3. Miss both offers and go through clearing – basically reapplying to universities that still had spaces on their course on results day.

So yeah, I was scared. But – long story short – I got into my first choice university! Which leads me onto my second point…


2. I’m going to the University of Cambridge!

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I got into my first choice university! Nope, I still can’t believe it. I think I’m living in a dream.

I’ll be starting in October and I’ll be studying English Literature. It’s going to be a really stressful, hectic and demanding 3 years, but I like to think I’m ready for it. I’ve definitely worked for it!

I have a lot of pre-reading to do, so I won’t be posting any book reviews in the near future. I’ll also be reading bits and pieces of books here and there – certainly something to get used to for me, a girl who likes to read cover-to-cover rather than have 5 books on-the-go at once.

This inevitably also means I won’t be able to blog as much. I’ve recently got back into the groove of blogging, so this is a shame. However, this certainly isn’t the end! I’ve been posting 3 times a week for about 2 months now, but I think this will have to slow down. Hopefully to twice a week, but more probably to once a week. But I will definitely still be present on LibroLiv! This site is my baby, and blogging is honestly one of the most rewarding and exciting things I’ve ever done. You can’t get rid of me that easily!

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Until then, I was thinking of writing some posts about exams, studying, organisation, applying to university, etc. so let me know if that’s something you’d like to see!


3. I turned 18!

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That’s right, I’m an adult now. So weird to say, but here I am. I started this blog when I was 15, so you guys really are watching me grow up!

To celebrate, my best friend and I went to see George Ezra at an outside concert. It was amazing, and such a lovely experience to see one of my favourite artists live on my birthday. If you’ve never heard of George Ezra, give him a listen!


4. Thank you for 500 followers!

And last but not least, thank you. Thank you so much for your support, your lovely comments, and you continued interest in what I have to say. I never thought blogging would become such a big part of my life, but all of you have made it so worth it. So thank you.

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17 thoughts on “Life Update: A Levels? University? Adulthood? August was a hectic month… | LibroLiv

  1. Congratulations on University! 🙂
    Take your time and enjoy it (I didn’t enjoy it enough when I was in school, but now I miss it…)
    Would love to read about how applying to university is in the UK. I have a feeling it’s a bit different from Norway.

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  2. Congrats!! That is amazing!
    I remember how stressed out I was during results day so I can definitely relate to your relief of getting into your first choice haha
    I’m about to enter my second year of uni as an English Lit major in London so I can attest the fact that the course is really demanding and that there’s always a never ending pile of reading to be done. But it is so rewarding and fun when your passionate about the subject, which I can tell you are 😀
    It might be hard to balance blogging with the new environment at first but once you settle in I’m sure you’ll find your groove again!

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    1. Yeah, I’ve already been sent a reading list – number 1: The BIBLE. Already feeling the strain haha! But equally, like you said, I’m so excited!!!
      And yes! I hope so!! I think I make take some time at the start to just enjoy uni but i definitely don’t want to quit!!

      Thank you for your lovely comment! (:

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  3. Readinglov3r

    Congratulations!!!!
    That’s awesome, and you must have worked so hard for it!!!
    Hope you enjoy Cambridge, sounds awesome.
    In Australia, I believe that A levels are kind of like ATARs???

    Can’t wait to see your next blog post 🙂

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