IT WAS a double celebration for Neil Chhabda who found out he had got into his first-choice university on his 18th birthday.
The Portsmouth Grammar School student got an A* in maths and As in chemistry and economics.
He is going to the University of Bristol to study economics.
Neil, from Southsea, said: ‘I’m pretty happy. It’s a really good day because it’s my birthday and I’ve got into university. I can’t wait to get there.’
Neil said that studying for his exams had been tough.
‘It’s so stressful,’ he said. ‘It’s unbelievable. A lot of the stress is the waiting. You have an idea what’s going to happen but the universities take months to respond. This is a huge relief.
‘I was a nervous wreck for the last three months. It’s all I could think about. It’s affected my football performance and my sleep patterns.
‘I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning.
‘If I hadn’t got the grades it would have been the worst birthday ever. But it turns out, it’s the best.’
Neil said he planned to go to Scoops in Elm Grove before heading out to Tiger Tiger in Gunwharf Quays to round off the celebrations.