It’s fairly normal for students finishing their A-Levels to take a year off before university, and although I didn’t particularly want to, my dad did manage to convince me it was probably a good idea.
Originally, I did my UCAS application and got offered auditions from each of the uni’s I applied to, got into my top choice then decided to withdraw my application and decline the offer purely because I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to go to university just yet, and because of the course I was offered you’re rarely allowed to defer for a year or two as it’s in such high demand. That then lead me to deciding I’d reapply in September after getting my grades and having a serious think about what it is I want to do with my life, and although that’s still my plan there is a spanner in the works.
In April, I did my practical drama exam and oooooooh god this part makes me angry. Basically, the way my A2 Drama course worked was 40% exam based and 60% coursework based (involving a set of essays/research and a performance). We started working on this in November and I’m actually so impressed my group managed to get off to a flying start. But our teacher kept changing our piece, which meant we had to constantly write new draft of our research to go along with it. In the end, he finally decided on a performance he liked, which was great… other than the tiny little fact that we were being examined in 3 days, and everything had changed.
We had to do drafts and final pieces of our 3 research essays, learn our scripts off by heart, block our scenes, get our props and basically do 6 months of work in 3 days. We pulled it off pretty well, other than in our coursework saying we were doing a realistic play that was meant to move the audience, when we actually performed a black comedy that satirized the audience (ironically the idea we came up with back in November). Unfortunately, because our audience intentions didn’t align with the performance genre we automatically lost so many points it gave us D/E grades, which infuriated us to say the least when the performance itself was actually quite good (other than getting vodka thrown all over me). So, in short, we failed because my drama teacher decided to ‘fix’ something that didn’t need to be fixed and I’ll have to resit to get higher than a D overall to get the B I need to study acting at University.
My original reason for taking a gap year was to work for a year in order to make money so I could enjoy uni and not have to be constantly stressed over getting a job as soon as the first semester started, then the drama incident happened and here I am now… I’m still applying to university this year but as I got horrendously ill during my exams I’m resitting them all in June to try and get the best grades I can (which should be much easier when I’m not at college Monday – Friday and working all day Saturday and Sunday. Then if I don’t get into university this August I’ll reapply in September with grades I actually worked for rather than what I could get whist vomiting.
Sozzzzz this was v depressing I promise to be happier now I’ve got that off my chest!