I will not allow exam results to decide my fate.
This video, is absolutely incredible and it really is something everyone should watch!!
Ever since I was 3, sitting down next to my great grandma while she was in hospital, I knew exactly what I wanted to do! I was fascinated by everyone rushing round to look after her, how the nurses were making sure she was eating, making sure she was comfy. How the doctors were asking every question under the sun to determine what was wrong. It was in that very moment that I knew what it was I was going to do with my life.
A few months later, as I was driving past a university near where I grew up I asked my grandma if medicine was studied there. She replied yes. I replied, that’s what I’m going to do! I knew my life’s goal at the age of 3. Something which has stuck by me for the following 16 years.
When I was 16, fresh from secondary school, with incredibly decent GCSES results, I knew that medicine was still in my grasp.
But then college and A-Levels came. I knew what I needed for medicine. Straight A’s. I made myself so ill trying to achieve these grades I was inches away from hospitalisation. I would throw up. Pull my hair out. Have 5-6 panic attacks a day. Self harm hundreds of times daily. All because the pressure that I had placed on myself was too high.
Because these exam results were going to shape the rest of my life. It didn’t matter if I killed myself in the process, as long as I got A grades in these exams.
I spiralled out of control, my self harm/self medicating becoming much much worse. All because these exam results defined who I was.
They shouldn’t have done.
Now, 3 years later, I’m ‘healthy’ again. I’m at uni, and I will become a doctor. These exam results will not define what I do for the rest of my life.
And neither should yours. Do not make yourself ill due to the stress and pressure. Do not take these results as the end to all dreams of you fail. You can achieve anything you put your mind to, as long as you believe in yourself.
I believe in myself. And I will be the best ducking doctor in Britain. I will show all the people that told me I could never do medicine that I did.
I will not let my exam results define me. Don’t you do too.