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Coping with Disappointment or Failure at Results Time

End-of-trimester results can be stressful for uni students, between life pressures and our own expectations, it’s easy to feel disappointed. We’ve put together some advice around what to do if you find yourself facing disappointment or failure at results time.

It’s Okay to Feel Upset

You’re not alone. Getting a lower grade than you hoped for can trigger a range of emotions: worry, fear, sadness, and even guilt. These feelings are normal and part of the healing process.

Be Kind to Yourself

Would you criticise a friend in this situation? No! So, show yourself the same compassion. Talk to yourself like you would a friend: acknowledge your disappointment but remind yourself that this doesn’t define you.

Success is a Journey

Imagine success as a path, not a straight line. It winds up and down, with challenges and triumphs. Getting a lower grade doesn’t derail you; it’s a learning experience that helps you grow.

Grades Don’t Define You

While grades can be important, they’re just one piece of the puzzle.

You are a complex individual with many strengths and qualities – your kindness, humour, friendships, loyalty, and passions all contribute to who you are.

Focus on these qualities, not just academic achievement.

Chart Your Course

Feeling lost after receiving your results? Map out your options. This could involve talking to your course coordinators, retaking exams, exploring alternative courses, or pursuing additional tutoring and academic support. Seeing the possibilities in writing can be empowering and help you choose the next step.

Learn and Grow

View this as a chance to learn and improve. Think of a baby learning to walk. They fall, giggle, and get back up, determined to take the next step. Approach challenges with that same positive spirit.

Here are some questions to consider:

  • What can I learn from this experience?
  • How can I improve next time?
  • Are there steps I can take now to avoid repeating this?

Jot down your answers and develop a plan based on what you’ve learned. Remember, setbacks are temporary. You have the resilience to bounce back.

Stay Inspired

Don’t let disappointment hold you back from your goals. Use your strength, courage, and ability to overcome challenges to pursue your dreams. The future is bright – the sun rises every day, ready for a new beginning. Embrace that fresh start!

Need Support? Don’t Hesitate

If you’re struggling to cope, remember, you’re not alone. Reach out for professional help from resources like Advocacy & Welfare, the Academic Skills Office (ASO), or seek support via AskUNE.

If you are struggling with feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness or depression please seek professional help. As a UNE student, you can access free counselling sessions through UNE Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and for urgent support you can contact the UNE Urgent Mental Health Support Line.