For many seventeen and eighteen year olds, today feels life changing. A and AS Level Results can feel like the be all and end all. There have been many blogs written about the agony and ecstasy experienced upon the receipt of these results – but what next? What happens once the elation and devastation have cooled a little and you’re left with the inevitable “what’s next?”

I guess I was one of the lucky ones, the grades I needed for BIble College weren’t as high as the ones demanded by some of my friends’ choices and I was actually pretty pleased with my results. But I remember the strange anti-climax. After all, this is what you’ve been working towards for years and now the results are out – what next?

There may be anxiety about uni, the trauma of going through the clearing system or heading off to full time work for the first time. Every option has their own set of peculiar issues and I clearly remember thinking “but I’m only eighteen”. I felt far too young to be dealing with what felt like decisions that would drastically alter the course of my life.

Don’t get me wrong, they are big decisions. But our choices aren’t irreversible.

If your results weren’t what you had hoped for, your life isn’t over.

If your results got your into your preferred uni – congratulations!

I guess what I’m trying to say, is that the plans God has are far bigger and better than our own. And your future job, degree classification or A-level results aren’t meant to limit you – they are meant to allow you to be the best you can be and live your life!

You aren’t “dumb” if you didn’t get the results you wanted, you aren’t necessarily a ‘geek’ if you got 4 A*.

So don’t let the results be your label. Believe me, you aren’t going to sign emails with your name followed by your A-level results!

So enjoy this time, figuring out where to go next, buying stuff for your uni room or your first work outfits!