Hi all, I'm not sure if what I'm going to say is applicable but I'm just going to give it a try.
I have never been a good student since young, PSLE 213, 'O's L1R5 20, 'A's CCC GP C5. Got rejected from all local universities. Went to a private sch and took a part time 2 yr degree in Sport Management and giving tuition as the same time. By a twist of fate, I became a full time tuition teacher after graduation. Worked my ass off and got enough students to start a tuition centre. Wanted to earn more money so I went to do relief teaching as well. My schedule goes like this, school starts at 7.30am in the morning till about 2.30pm. Head straight to my tuition centre for my first class starts at 3.30pm till 9.30pm when my last class ends. 4/5 weekdays end at 9.30 while the 'shortest' day ends at 7.30. Weekends are prime time for tuition so its a full day event for both Sat and Sun. Kept to the schedule for about 3 years.
Woke up one day early this year and realised that I am going to be 27 this year. Although I have a successful business, I know that I can't work 7 days a week for the rest of my life. I needed a change and I need to do it before its too late. I have always wanted to study in a proper university, full time, on campus, but I have never been given a chance due to my poor grades. I was toying with the idea about applying for university again, I knew that at my age I need to do something significant, studying something that can make me stand out from the crowd, not just any general business or management degree. My decision was narrowed to the 3 professional degrees, Medicine, Accountancy and Law.
Medicine was out because financially it was too much to take plus I'm an arts student in JC. Didn't take A math in sec sch, combined science. Accountancy was out as well. Law was my only choice left. Fired up the laptop and started the uni application process. I knew that the local unis (NUS, SMU) will never take a student like me for they are just too into grades. Applied for uk universities instead and hoped for the best.
On 31/3/14, I woke up at 6.30am ready to head to school when I noticed a new email on my phone. I was accepted into King's College London to read Law. Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the offer letter from such a prestigious university! Never ever thought that this could be possible judging from my education history. I'll be heading there this September to start my new journey in life.
To all those who did not do well in their A levels, do not despair as this is definitely not the end of the road. Take every rejection or failure as a message that you are not ready for the next step in life and instead of sulking and complaining that life is unfair, work doubly hard to get what you want. It may take years, in my case, it was 7.
Oh, did I mention that I got married and had a kiddo in the mean time?
Strive on people, don't give up.