Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College
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“A-Levels weren’t for me. For me, success is being happy and loving what you do”

Keona, aged 18

Studying: Music Production at The MET

Went to: Millais, Horsham

Qualifications obtained at school: 9 GCSEs and 3 AS Levels

“I struggled quite a lot with GCSEs but I still did quite well in them. I was a good student but I hated exams.

After I got my GCSE results everyone said ‘get over your exam phobia and go and do A-Levels’. But A-Levels weren’t for me. I did a year and then left to come to The MET to do music production.

The college environment is much more relaxed. They still push you to do well but they also make it ok to mess up and learn from your mistakes.

GCSEs are not as important as people make them out to be, they’re not the only path to get you to where you want to go in life. For me, success is being happy and loving what you do.”

She is sharing her story as part of The MET's #NoStressSuccess campaign on the YMCA Right Here 'FindGetGive' mental health support website for 12-25 year-olds at

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