It's at this time of year that I definitely don't envy all of the people out there doing exams, whether that be GCSE's or A-Levels. I have been there and done that and I can't stand the fact that everyone is put under such a huge amount of pressure to do well. You should try your best, of course, but when people are constantly referring to your future and how it relies on these exam results I get a bit frustrated.
I'll be honest with you, the highest grade I got at GCSE was a C. The amount of stress I felt on GCSE results day after collecting that scary brown envelope made me extremely ill and to be honest, it really was not worth it. I was scared, I thought I had failed at my life and that the Sixth Form I'd been given a place at wouldn't want to take me anymore. It turns out that they did despite my results not meeting the required grades, if only I'd have known that before panicking. I'm now at university (I never, ever saw that one coming!) and nobody has even mentioned my GCSE results, they are a thing of the past. What do they actually mean? That you're good at remembering things? You could be totally great at a subject but be having a bad day when it comes to the exam.... That isn't exactly the best representation of your skills and what you're capable of.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I know how stressful exams are, especially the results, but I don't think everyone knows how dangerous stress is - what ill health it can bring on. Anxiety, (epilepsy in my case), and I don't know how many other things! Parents and teachers should probably be a bit more clued up on this stuff too, especially when it comes to those adults who are constantly pressurising their children and students.
This isn't me trying to scare anyone, sit those exams, try your absolute hardest, do your best - and if you do that then nobody should be disappointed, because well, what more can they ask for?