Not everyone has to follow the same path

Students from the Woodroffe School once again achieved an excellent set of A-level results

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who collected their A-level results last week, especially those from the Woodroffe School who outdid themselves once again.

I have to admit, covering A-level results day has never been my favourite job. Returning to Woodroffe year after year to watch students nervously open their envelopes brings back a mix of emotions.

While I enjoyed my time at Woodroffe for the most part, I was never particularly good at exams. Admittedly I spent more time socialising than I did studying in my final year of sixth form, meaning I fell short of my predicted results and didn’t get into my chosen university.

On results day I reacted the same way most 18 year olds would; I swiftly stuffed my results back in their envelope, avoided my parents and headed to the beach to celebrate with friends.

The next morning, when I sheepishly had to face mum and dad and actually deal with the situation, I remember thinking I had messed everything up, like it was the end of the world.

I decided to take a year out instead of going through the university clearing process, training as a reporter at the former View From Newspapers and visiting my sister in Australia. I applied to different universities and eventually received a couple of offers to study journalism based on my work experience, rather than my grades.

The following September I started my degree in Southampton, feeling much more prepared than I would have had I rushed to pick a course the previous summer, and three years later I graduated with First Class Honours. It will always be one of my proudest achievements.

If anyone is feeling less than optimistic after last week’s results, please don’t be too disheartened. Life is really just getting started and not everyone has to follow the same path.

Congratulations too, to Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee, for another great week of seaside fun and games. The small committee of volunteers was really up against it last week as stormy weather threatened to put a damp end to celebrations, but they worked hard and managed to pull off a programme of more than 50 events with few cancellations.

The grand carnival procession on Saturday night was a brilliant finale. Lyme may not have the biggest or brightest carnival procession in the local area, but community spirit shone through and there was a great atmosphere.

I can’t let this week’s column pass without mentioning the newly re-launched Whole Hog in Broad Street, now run by the Alner family. It was possibly the most anticipated shop re-opening of all time and queues were out the door as we were finally able to tuck into tasty pork baps again last week – get in line if you haven’t tried it yet!

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About Francesca Evans 1542 Articles
Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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