When applying for sixth form, as the naïve person I was, thinking I could handle everything and not knowing which career path to take, I chose four A Levels: Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Computer Science.

I was heavily discouraged to take four, especially seeing as universities only make offers on only three (there are some universities that make offers on four A Levels), insinuating that there’s no point in it. Some sixth forms forced me to pick one to drop without prior knowledge to my predicted grades although they offered students to study four A Levels. But here I am today, studying the A Levels I chose: Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Computer Science.

People often ask how it feels like studying all four, especially seeing as they’re ‘hard’ subjects. Well, it feels fine. I haven’t had the experience of studying more or less subjects, so I don’t really have anything to compare it to. However, it is certainly different. Most of my peers have free study periods to do their homework and revision in, whereas I have lessons. For me, doing work on the weekends is normal, whereas for others doing schoolwork on the weekends means they were probably too tired to do it in their study period or exam pressure is piling up.

For now, it is not something I regret. I do know what career path I want to take and if I had to choose again, I would choose differently. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t study four A Levels. After all, no knowledge is a waste.