Monday, 16 June 2014

You really Shouldn't Worry About Exam Results

Exam season is almost over and that means, for those of us going through education here in the UK, the stress is coming to an end and the anticipation and worry is kicking in. So I just wanted to remind you that when you die, your A-level results will not be read out at your funeral.

They won't go on your gravestone, and nobody will be making any speeches about whether you passed your exams when you die. People will remember you as a person, as a friend, as a character, not as a set of results.

Our stories are what make us who we are. Everybody claims that exams are so important, but if they were we'd be writing stories about them. Instead we're writing stories about emotions and journeys and love. Those are the things that make up our stories, that define us. Those are the things that truly matter. Nobody ever read a novel or watched a film about people doing exams, because they don't make any difference to who we are. They aren't a significant part of our stories.

We are so much more than letters on sheets of paper. We are so much more than percentage marks. We deserve more.

Please remember that those letters on that result sheet you'll get in a few months time only mean something in a society that places excessive amounts of value in them. But they don't define you. When you die, nobody will care if you got an A, a C or a U. Don't wait until your dead because that will be too late. Take control of your life now. Don't let somebody else's letters define you. And say fuck to the system that tells you to do otherwise.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that too much emphasis is placed on exams. Teenagers I work with need help in defining who they are and what they have to offer.