Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College
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“No one knows exactly what they want to do yet. And that’s ok”

Mariah, aged 17

Studying: Travel and Tourism BTEC at The MET

Went to: Tanbridge House School, Horsham

Qualifications obtained at school: 8 GCSEs

“My GCSEs were very stressful. I revised every night but I made a set time every day to revise – 4-6pm – and then I’d go out with my friends and have a complete break from it. Then I’d do a bit more at 8pm before I went to bed.

When I woke up on GCSE results day I was really nervous – I felt really sick. But when I opened up my results I was so surprised and happy.

Once you leave school, GCSEs help you but they’re not always needed – you don’t necessarily need them to do what you want. As long as you’ve got skills and other things that you’re good at you can work towards what you want to do without GCSEs.

I don’t have an end goal yet but I know what direction I want to go in and what industry I want to work in – the travel industry. Now that I’m at college I realise everyone’s in the same boat – no one knows exactly what they want to do yet. And that’s ok.”

Mariah 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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