Recent bioscience graduate, Hannah, talks about going through clearing and her experience of moving away from her home in Liverpool.
Within a day of applying through clearing, I had my student accommodation confirmed and my student finance updated to my new choice.
The next few weeks were spent rushing around organising everything I thought I needed for my new flat and getting in a few last shifts in my job to save up a little before I set off. After buying way too much stuff for my room/flat, moving day came around.
I hadn’t felt nervous about moving away until the day before. All of a sudden I was having second thoughts and didn’t know what to do. After all, leaving all of your family and friends behind is a big deal no matter what anyone tells you, but I don’t regret it for a second. This was a time when I knew I just had to jump and go for it otherwise I never would.
The 6-hour journey from Liverpool in a cramped car wasn’t the best, and I spent the entire journey wondering what Ipswich would be like, what would my room be like, who would I be living with, and more importantly, would I enjoy life down here? Both of my parents travelled down with me to help me unpack and stay for the weekend to make sure I was settled in.
I’d never been a shy person and my parents knew this and had more confidence in me than I had in myself. By my first night in Ipswich I found myself having drinks with my new flatmates and not feeling out of place at all. After the first night here I knew this was the place for me, and as cliché as it sounds, it just clicked.
In hindsight, I never really had anything to panic about. The entire clearing process was really easy and straight forward, and within a couple of hours of receiving my results I had a place at university. If you end up going through clearing, just remember that it is not the end of the world and there are still so many opportunities out there for you!