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Meet Kavita: ‘Bad’ A Level grades and the importance of self-confidence

“When you have confidence, you can do anything.”- Sloane Stevens

My name is Kavita Ubhi and I’m an undergraduate at the University of Law. So far, my legal journey has been interesting to say the least as I would not class myself as the typical Law student who can be viewed as an overachiever.

I had never previously struggled with my studies until I got into sixth form, where I found it hard to adjust to the demanding lifestyle of an A Level student. I became unwell due to stress and missed a whole term of sixth form, resulting in a resit of the whole year. Combining this with the excitement of adulthood, my studies were not always my priority. This was a lesson that I had to learn the hard way because I ended up achieving mediocre A Level grades that hindered my university choices.

If it wasn’t for self-confidence, I probably would not be at university right now. Self-confidence affects every single aspect of our lives and the more confident you become, the easier it is to defeat your fears. My fear of not succeeding as a lawyer or missing out on opportunities due to my A Levels consumed me at first especially because the majority of people I knew did not have the same problem. However, once I got accepted into my Foundation Year at ULaw, I realised that I was overamplifying my anxieties and that I could excel in other ways. Self-confidence gives you the coping methods to handle failure and setbacks ensuring that when a challenge arises again, you will not be crippled by them.

Since I have started university, many opportunities have come my way despite my A Level grades. I believe that these favourable circumstances would not have happened if I didn’t have the self-confidence to make them happen. I will be going into my second year this September/October where I am keen to see what happens when I apply for vac schemes and internships. If you’d like to keep up with my legal journey then don’t hesitate to follow or message me on Instagram- @kavslegallife.



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