Clearing can seem like a big step in your university journey. You can go through it for various reasons; sometimes because you didn’t get your expected grades, things don’t go the way you thought they would or you decide last minute to apply to university. It’s important to remember that all of these are OK and you can still enjoy a great university experience, even if things didn’t go to plan.
Sarah, a final year Radiography student, talked to me about her Clearing journey.
Why did you apply through Clearing?
I went through the Clearing process because I didn’t get the grades to attend my selected universities.
How was the clearing application process for you?
The process was so smooth. I was a nervous wreck and I was sure I was not going to be going to university! The lady I spoke to was so friendly, she calmed me down and spoke to me about what had happened that morning and what steps I needed to take. She connected me through to the course leader and I was speaking on the phone to them at length about their course and the University.
They then offered me an over the phone interview, so I didn’t have to travel across the country. They gave me about an hour to prepare and called me back, I was made an offer that day!
What motivated you to come to Suffolk to continue your studies?
I’m not from Suffolk, but I feel like Suffolk became my second home very quickly. I was nervous to move to Suffolk but the small campus feel really helped with this. It is a very close-knitted community and the opportunities they can offer are endless.
How did it feel when you were offered your place at university?
I think I cried for about 20 minutes and then I went out for a celebratory meal!
What do you love most about your course?
Having a higher percentage of clinical placement hours to academic hours was the best thing about my course! I am a very practical person and I feel that this percentage split has made me the healthcare professional I am today.
Do you have tips for anyone applying through Clearing?
1. Cry it out
2. Take a deep breath
3. Do your research
4. DO NOT make any rash decisions
5. If it is meant to be, it is meant to be!
How did you prepare for starting university in a short space of time? Any tips?
Lists! A lot of lists! I am an organised person anyway but there of plenty of lists online. Don’t buy everything, you will have plenty of time once you’ve moved to buy stuff with your new flatmates.
What have you found has motivated you while studying off-campus during lockdown? Has there been anything you've particularly enjoyed about it or learnt from it?
I have started doing more self-directed learning during lockdown; read or analyse an academic text or book chapter to get yourself into the groove!