This scene from the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes television series was shared widely on Twitter
British students are sharing concerns about their A-level exam results on Twitter, in an attempt to stem their anxiety.
The hashtag #ResultsDayQuotes has been used by people anticipating what they will say once their results are known. Some posted pictures and quotes from film and television scenes – featuring iconic moments of despair and despondency – to describe how many may be feeling. The hashtag has been used more than 10,000 times in the last 24 hours, and is still gathering pace.
One tweet shows a scene from the BBC’s adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, in which John Watson’s wife Mary, played by Amanda Abbington, begs him not to look through a file revealing her past. “If you love me, don’t read it in front of me,” she asks.
Another shows the character Ross from Friends, played by David Schwimmer, saying: “My life is an embarrassment. I should just go live under somebody’s stairs.”
A scene from Toy Story is overlaid with the words, “Disappointment, disappointment everywhere,” and another, from animated sitcom Bob’s Burgers, shows Tina Belcher lying prostrate saying, “If you need me, I’ll be down here on the floor dying.”
“#ResultsDayQuotes Dad, I think the most important thing is that we’re all alive and well,” tweeted Ben Carthy, an A-level student from Stockport. He is due to get his AS-level results tomorrow – having completed just the first year of his courses – but has friends who will get their final A-level grades. “Quite a lot of them are really nervous, but I don’t see the point, there’s not a lot they can do now,” he tells BBC Trending.
A user called Haroon tweeted: “Are you a doctor yet? Come back when you doctor #ResultsDayQuotes #asianfamily”. His younger brother is due to find out if he has gained the grades to qualify for a degree in biomedical science, he tells BBC Trending. Despite the tweet, he offers words of encouragement to his brother, and those like him. “It can never be as bad as you think, and there are always alternative options if you don’t get what you want,” he says.
Rebecca Iddon works for Meic, a student advocacy service funded by the Welsh government that provides a free, anonymous, helpline for young people. She agrees with Haroon’s sentiment, and says staff at Meic often talk to people “about access courses, or alternative degrees that could put them on the same career path”. After all, “getting an A* isn’t the be all and end all of everything,” she adds.