Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The best years of our lives, or the age of senility?

“Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.” 
― Maya Angelou

For many of us, the past week has set us on a path that, for better or for worse, will establish the course of our lives... at least for the next few years. Yes, I'm talking about A-Level Results Day. There were tears, tantrums, frantic calls through Clearing, screaming at teachers, cursing the UCAS tariff system, and for the rest, the knowledge that 15 years of hard work has finally gotten you to where you want to be. 

Whether you missed your grades and had to find another degree course; whether you decided to take a year out; whether you're already anticipating the freshers' parties... it's the end of an era. The turning point came for me when I realised that I'd now need a visitors' badge to go back to my school. There won't be any more teachers hounding you to get your coursework in: professors couldn't care less if you miss a deadline because your pet iguana ate your dissertation on the relationship between theoretical physics and Harry Potter. Your parents are going to be far less willing to lend you cash to go out for dinner with your mates, and you can expect job app emails to flood your inbox from where they've signed you up on recruitment websites. 

You are now an adult.

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