on finishing A Levels

The end is finally here. I didn’t really know how to open this post. Part of me feels euphoric that I have the whole summer ahead of me to relax, READ, explore, travel, write. Part of me feels lost without the rigid routine of revision that stretches out the days and compartmentalised my emotions about almost everything in order to overcome the inevitable stress of A Levels. Part of me feels proud of all the work and hours that I’ve put in, but then part of me feels so disheartened at all the mistakes I’ve made, the bad exams and the ‘impossible to stop thinking about’ things I could have done better. Like Lucas said to Lou in No et Moi; <<jamais tu t’arrêtes … de gamberger?>> (do you never stop thinking?) and oui, c’est vraie – I really don’t. (You can stop thinking about your A Level exams now Eleanor plEasE).

For once I felt I did exam season well this year. Well… in terms of my mental health this is. Not necessarily in terms of the outcome of the exams but alas, we shall see come results day. But I took breaks, I saw friends, I exercised probably more than I do when it isn’t exam season. Last week was when I realised quite how drained I had become though and how a serious rest was due. The thing is, I didn’t really document the exams on my blog or my Instagram, just a few cryptic tweets on my Twitter. So I never really processed my emotions when it came to how I felt I’d done until I just had one exam left and I allowed all the errors to come seeping in. I’m okay with dealing with stress before an exam, but after, nope that is just not the case. I’d like to kid myself and say I’ve done well but I think that may be wishful thinking. I think it is necessary to document such feelings though because the internet is a great enabler in the sense that one can enable others to stop feeling alone in their own spiral of self doubt. Exam season sucks. End of. (Although History exams may be the one exception to this and it has confirmed that I definitely made the right decision uni wise.) I sincerely hope I don’t think about my exams for one more day than I need to because I am ! not ! ruining ! my ! summer ! because of a few bad exams *cough* English Literature *cough*.

Now the rigid days of revision are replaced with … anything? Everything? In the two days I’ve been off I’ve started and finished Fleabag (WOW that show); crocheted a bucket hat (my first creative pursuit of summer that I do intend on wearing); packed for going away; cried; went on a quick 5k run; watched Love Island; saw Matilda at the theatre with my best friend; read 8 pages of Normal People (oops) and for the first time in what feels like forever tried to actually relax. Part of me wants to do something everyday but then part of me just wants to curl up and sleep for 15 hours. I expected the first few days after finishing to be filled with anything but sadness but there is somewhat of an empty hole that up until Monday was taken up by revision, but then it would be unrealistic to just be happy all the time. Regardless, on Sunday I’m going to see my best friend in France and then we’re going to Madrid and Valencia for a week and I CANNOT wait. Travelling is like a suspended reality and I am just very excited about it all, especially the possibility of wearing my new bucket hat.

I feel like I don’t want to pre empt this summer with the idea of ‘this is what I want to do and I’m going to do it all’ because I had planned the entirety of my life to the minutest detail during A Levels and no, that is not happening this summer. Just going with the flow.

So here is to summer

Here is to seeing Matilda last night at the theatre with my best friend

Here is to summer parties

Here is to lazy mornings

Here is to going on holiday on Sunday (ahhhh!)

Here is to reading books !!

Here is to learning more about life

Here is to new experiences

Here is to maybe, hopefully, learning a bit of Spanish

Here is to not thinking about results

Here is to writing blog posts that have more substance than my eternal ramblings

Here is to learning more about photography

Here is to hanging out with friends whenever

Here is to day trips

Here is to travelling

Here is to waking up whenever

Here are to the conversations in the early hours of the morning

Here is to learning how to cook before I go to university

Here is to the plans not made

Here is to not being consumed with thoughts of the past

Here is to now

I actually wrote what would have been this post before I’d actually finished, after a less-than-average French exam. It was just permeated with an intense tone of sadness and regret, to be expected but not necessarily the desired ‘I can’t wait for summer’ vibe. I am literally loving doing nothing even if more than two days of such can be too much, I am in thorough need of this period of limbo.

lots of love,

eleanor x


  1. Ellie 20th June 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Eleanor I’m so so proud of you, A-Levels are hard and you did it and I hope you can understand the gravity of your achievement, regardless of the outcome you know how much effort you put into your education and I hope you know that everyone else sees your dedication too even when it doesn’t always feel like it! With that being said, huge congratulations once again and I’m glad you are taking the time to relax, so here is to you.

    Sending lots of love,

    1. Eleanor 22nd June 2019 at 1:28 pm

      Thank you Ellie, I am so so proud of you as well 🙂 here is to a fabulous summer ahead of us xxx

  2. Ella Jones 21st June 2019 at 9:11 am

    Well done on finishing your A-Levels!!! I’e also finished this year so I can completely relate in terms of the feelings you are feeling. I’m planning on getting back into reading for fun again (English Literature prevented me from reading a book without over analysing it) but honestly it just feel great to not have restrictions on my days and plans 🙂

    http://www.ellacharlottejones.co uk

    1. Eleanor 22nd June 2019 at 1:27 pm

      Omg hahah yeah I’m not sure I’ll be able to read a book again without analysing it, I’m definitely going to start with a light read before the heavier classics that I want to read – I hope you’re having a good summer so far! x

  3. Erin Grace 22nd June 2019 at 11:12 am

    Well done on finishing your A Levels!!! So proud of you!! Whatever happens results wise we got through it and that is the main thing! Your holiday sounds fab I am so jealous!! You will have the best time I am sure and that lost, what am I doing with my life without revision feeling will for sure go away. I felt like that for the best part of this week but after going out and really tiring myself out I no longer feel guilty about spending my day watching films and reading! I can’t wait to read more of your blog this summer, it’s going to be great I am sure! x

    Erin // everythingerinx.co.uk

    1. Eleanor 22nd June 2019 at 1:25 pm

      Yes definitely!!! I hope you have the best summer Erin, you really deserve it 🙂 xx

  4. Francisca Rockey 25th June 2019 at 11:35 am

    Well done for finishing your A levels! Many teachers told me that they’re the hardest exams you will ever take and university is a lot easier. I can’t wait to see how you grow now you’ve left school and how much you’re going to change at university. Here’s to your future!

    Also, yay to more blog posts from you!

    Fran | http://www.franciscarockey.co.uk

    1. Eleanor 26th June 2019 at 7:23 am

      Thank you Fran!! I’m so excited about this summer and I’m hoping you’re right about the fact A Levels are the hardest! I can’t wait to start blogging again as well ahh and also finally starting to comment on other people’s posts 😉 x

  5. Sarah Jones 29th June 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Well done on finishing your A levels! I remember it being a very stressful time and so making sure to enjoy your summer is super important. With all the plans you’ve already made, I know you’ll have a great summer 🙂
    Sarah x

  6. Katie 1st July 2019 at 7:50 pm

    oh wow am I feeling this ‘i can do anything with my time’ vibe, not spending 8hours in the same spot in the library, and I can’t remember the last time I didn’t ‘have’ things I needed to do–it is bliss. But also a bit scary, i’m listening to a playlist i relentless revised to in late lonely nights in the library (after all my friends had gone home bc oxford is brutal like that sometimes) and it is making me a bit nostalgic and sad, even though I’m going back in 3 months!!! Your summer sounds blissful, I hope its everything you dream of it being, maybe we can meet up if we get the chance?!? Also, your pics from your holiday have been insanely beautiful (although they were making me a lil jealous when I was stuck in the library ngl) congrats on finishing!!!!<333


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