Am I going to university?! + general blog chitchat!

Okay, so if you've read my about me page, then you'll probably be aware that having just finished my A levels it was always my intention to go straight to uni - no questions asked. However life always has a way of throwing a spanner in the works.

Lets take us back to the morning of August 13th - or doomsday as some people like to call it. If you're not from the UK or have been living in an ideological bubble then this is whats known as A level results day. For my foreign friends A levels are the UK version of SATs or the IB. Commonly you take either 3 or 4 subjects, are examined on them in June and then have a painful two months of waiting to find out how you did. Then the whole country gather on August 13th to revive the dreaded brown paper envelope of doom.

Anyway. So it's August 13th, 8AM. My mum's just come running into my room begging me to login to the UCAS website to find out whether or not my place at university has been confirmed. I ignore her, pretending instead to be asleep. Better delay than face up to the fact I could have failed.

However when I do eventually bring myself to login I'm delighted to find out that I've been offered a place at my insurance university (in other words my second choice, should I fail to get the grades for the 1st.) which in all honesty I was expecting. My firm choice grades were very high and frankly unachievable.

Elated, the idea of going to pick up my results is a lot less daunting. Because frankly who cares? I only needed good grades to get into uni, which I've done, so why worry?

After trotting off to school to pick them up I find that I got an A* and two Bs. (A* was in art and the Bs: psychology and english language.) Naturally I was super happy with these grades as I wasn't expecting the A* at all!! However my mother kindly then points out how mean it was that my firm choice (Exeter) didn't let me as the grades they had wanted was AAB.

So I literally just missed out.

However upon realising that I'd gotten in to my other choice university I began the uphill struggle of finding accommodation. Accommodation in halls (dorms) is guaranteed to all undergrads who put the uni as their firm choice. 

And there we have it.

As it wasn't my firm choice I was not guaranteed a room and whilst this didn't stop me applying, I was unsuccessful. Cue me texting my boss and begging to keep my job! (She said yes, thank god!)

So where does this leave me?

Well, it looks like I'll be taking a gap year in which I'll mostly be working. As for travelling, my friends who planned on gap yearing are travelling to Asia which is not something I'm particularly interested in. Nope, if I was to go travelling I'd love to road trip the US... Of course bringing you guys along with me in the form of my trusty camera! 

So what does this mean for my blog?

Well even though I'll most likely be working full time, I won't be spending my evenings studying, so I'll have lots of spare time to blog. Life According to Lily is only just beginning folks!! I'm already planning some fun series to do on my blog when summer turn to autumn and winter!

Thanks for reading loves,



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    1. Aw thanks! And I know, the uni suggested finding private accommodation but I didn't really want to do that for the first year xx

  2. You did amazing in your grades! Congratulations :)
    You sound like you've done the right thing, as long as you're happy then that's okay. You never know how much could change in a year. I'm going into my third year and there are days when I wish I'd taken a gap year. Enjoy it!


    1. Ahh thank you! I was quite shocked!! And I know, I'm kind of glad that I have a year without any exams! Is your course three years? Because I know a couple of people who've taken gap years after finishing uni so I guess you could always do that? Xx

  3. Wow well done on your grades, thats amazing! I think everything happens for a reason, maybe having a gap year will do you good :) i was so scared you were going to say you were going to stop blogging haha! Hope it all goes well for you, can't wait to see more posts!

    Amy x x

    1. Oh my god no! I'm literally addicted to blogging I swear I have a problem! And I hope so, I'm just really scared of having a really boring year! :/ and thank you!! Xx

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  5. This is amazing news!! Well done Lily :) Bobo xoxo


  6. You could always find a house share with other first years, I know loads of people who I met throughout my three years at uni who didn't get into halls so they lived in houses with other first years :)

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    1. I know, this is what my uni suggested but I think for me personally I'd rather live on campus in halls for my first year!


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