Every August, clammy-handed teenagers across the nation open their A-Level results to discover what path lies ahead of them.
It has practically become tradition for celebrities – Jeremy Clarkson especially – to send out reassuring tweets to students at this pivotal moment in their lives…
If you didn't get the right A level results, don't worry. I got a C and 2 Us, and my chef is preparing truffles for breakfast.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) August 17, 2017
Remember if you didn’t get the A levels you wanted that the world is about to be destroyed and you just wasted your last summer revising.
— Richard K Herring (@Herring1967) August 17, 2017
It isn't one size fits all, often people find their passion beyond school, don't give up if it hasn't gone your way #alevelresultsday
— Theo Paphitis (@TheoPaphitis) August 17, 2017
— Rae Earl (@RaeEarl) August 17, 2017
It is perhaps unsurprising that the celebrities – especially Clarkson – are subject to a lot of mockery for this…
Looking forward to some humble brags this morning. "I got no a-levels, and I've got a thousand ferraris"
— Max Rushden (@maxrushden) August 17, 2017
Happy annual "I failed my A-levels but now I'm famous so it's ok"-day
— Rebecca Weir (@RJWeir) August 17, 2017
Don’t worry kids, I failed my A-Levels and look at me now – I’m in a mediocre job and have crippling anxiety.
— Jäck ? (@JDB92_) August 17, 2017
— Zoeee (@ZoeeeH14) August 16, 2017
One teenager who didn’t quite get the grades he was going for is Liam from Winstanley College in Wigan, who decided to open his A-Level results live on national television.
The presenter on Good Morning Britain excitedly asked him: “So, Liam, did you get what you needed?”
To which Liam flatly replied: “Umm. No.”
Liam got BCBD instead of the required ABB. But he’s a glass half full kind of guy, and he said to the presenter: “At the end of the day it’s win or lose we’re on the booze, isn’t it?”
Yes, Liam. Yes it is.
Meanwhile, another student at Winstanley College who whole-heartedly agrees with Liam’s mantra is this guy.
— David Filipe (@david_filipe) August 17, 2017
Looks like there’ll be chaos on the streets of Wigan tonight.