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    I'm in year 12 (resit due to bad grades) but I have applied to study zoology this year at uni and I have received offers. I have never been the brightest or most academic student and I thought failing the year would really motivate me but it's done the complete opposite and made me feel awful about myself. I always get unmotivated every once in a while but lately it hasn't stopped. Today I got told I will not be ankle to get a Distinction in my science coursework which means I have to work twice as hard in the science exam and that made me feel even more awful. I feel like I am only applying for uni because it is the norm and I will get judged if I don't, I am not thinking of taking a gap year to really think if uni is what I want to do. It sound so like I am just lazy but all the set backs are not giving me the motivation people told me about. My parents separated earlier on in the year and even though I say it doesn't bother me it does as it was rough. I can't make it a full week in school anymore so my attendance is dropping. If it was up to me at this moment in time I would quit school and get myself a job and travel. I don't want to sound extreme but I feel like a failure and that there's no point me trying. I really don't know what to do anymore please help

    My advice is this: work hard, be motivated, not because you want to go to university - because you are not so sure of that yourself - but rather so that you can do so if you want to in the future. In other words, whenever you stand at an uncertain split path always make sure that you are qualified to walk down either. Otherwise, you run the risk of being directed by aversive mediocrity through life.
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