The hard work, the hours of revision, the long exams – it’s all finally behind you. It’s hard not to be nervous about receiving your final grades, but for those of you picking up your results this week, here’s a few things to remember.
Whatever the outcome – whether you don’t do as well as you’d hoped or get better results than you anticipated – make sure you don’t lose sight of the things that matter.
Your success doesn’t begin and end on your results paper. It’s these important attributes that will lead you to a life you’re proud of – whatever avenue you take to get there.
Your energy, drive and passion
What do you really care about? What gets you up in the morning and keeps you going all day?
This could be something specific like a hobby you love, or a career goal that excites you. Or it might not be a ‘thing’ exactly. It could be your desire to explore, your spirit for adventure, the positivity and energy you bring to each day.
If you don’t know what that thing is yet, give yourself some time to figure it out. Try new things, travel, explore your options, be open to new experiences.
When you’re doing something you love, it won’t feel like hard work – so it’s worth giving yourself the time to find your passion.
Your empathy and the way you connect with other people
Understanding other people is what makes us human. The more you try to see things from a new perspective and experience life in another person’s shoes, the greater your empathy will be.
There are few things better than travel to expand your worldview in a way that can’t be experienced in a classroom or tested in an exam.
When you travel on one of our volunteer programmes, you’ll have the unique opportunity to live alongside a rural community. You’ll be fully immersed in the local way of life, gaining a real understanding not only of the challenges faced by the community but of their rich cultural heritage and traditions.
Forging meaningful connections with people is one of the most vital ingredients for a happy and successful life and it’s experiences like these that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Your flexibility and ability to adapt to change
Life won’t always go to plan. It’ll throw you curveballs every once in a while, and it’s how you handle these that will be the making of you.
Change can come from within too. This is a time of your life where you’re still working out what you want and making big decisions about your future, so it’s ok to change your mind.
If your Plan A is no longer your preferred option, it’s never too late to start working on your Plan B – whether that’s choosing a different course of study, changing track on your career choice or just taking a gap year or time out to reassess your options.
Adaptability is a skill that will serve you well throughout your life and your career, whatever that may be. The more you can prove to yourself (and any future employer) that you can be flexible and handle change, the more confident you’ll feel taking on new challenges.
The impact you want to make in the world
Whatever is printed on your results sheet this week, you have the power to get out there, make a positive impact on the world around you and leave an amazing legacy.
As a Camps volunteer, you could help to make a tremendous difference to local communities and wildlife, through building school classrooms, carrying out vital habitat protection, tackling deforestation by planting trees and many more life-changing projects.
Whether it’s big or small, knowing your actions have contributed to improving someone else’s life is a feeling like no other and an achievement you can be proud of.
That’s what counts.
If you’re planning your next steps at the moment, make sure you check out our amazing opportunities in Africa, Asia or Central and South America and apply for our scholarship for up to £560 towards your impact-filled adventure.
Don’t know where to start? Get in touch with our expert Personal Travel Assistants for gap year advice and inspiration.