Sadly my GCSE grades were down to my 16 year old self being lazy and not caring about education!
I'm 19 now and will be 20 by the time I start university. The past couple of years have been a bit wasted to be honest (shortly after leaving school I developed social anxiety so there have been three failed attempts at college) but with a lot of help from college & a LOT of hard work from myself I am getting ready to start three intensive A levels and an AS. so unfortunately I don't have any AS grades to speak off.
Last year I was getting A's for essays & was aiming for at least AAB. I'm putting a lot of effort into my personal statement, I've already written the first draft and am going to badger my teachers rather a lot to keep checking it over for me. I also should get fairly good reference(s), I get on well with my teachers and they've been amazingly helpful this year.
I'm also now volunteering once a week at a local hospice & have started level 1 british sign language.
I am hoping that unis will see past my GCSEs and college failures and realise how determined I am to get to university. I just don't know if LSE will though, I hear some pretty grim things about their standards haha.