I came to the University of Suffolk through Clearing as I didn’t get the grades to go to my first choice university. When I got my results, I was gutted and I thought that was it, uni wasn’t meant for me. After speaking to my teachers, I applied through clearing for a place at another university but soon realised that it wasn’t for me. Again, I thought that was it until I spoke to UCAS and then the University of Suffolk. This was really late in the summer - late August- so I wasn’t sure I would still get a place.
After visiting the University with my mum, speaking to the tutors and the student ambassador who showed me round, I knew it was the place for me. It sounds cliched but it just felt right. It felt really modern, friendly and the right distance from my home near Basildon - far enough to justify living away but close enough that I could get home easily when I wanted.
I did loads of research, watching the films the uni produced on YouTube, looking at their website, joining the New Starters Facebook page. I could tell the University had a community feel and that really appealed. My advice for anyone going through Clearing is don’t rush, do your research and make sure your choice feels right.
I decided on Bioscience as it was a subject I enjoyed at A Level and that’s down to my teachers who made it exciting and interesting to learn. It’s fair to say that when I didn’t get the grades, I didn’t feel motivated to continue the subject but soon after joining uni I fell in love with it again. My long term goal is to be a Pharmaceutical Representative. At the moment I’m working at the University in the Student Recruitment team so a lot of the skills will be transferable.
I’m the first in my family to go to uni and it’s fair to say my parents were against the idea. They are supportive and really proud of me no, but at the time they persuaded me to explore other options, because it was so unknown in our family. My dad is very much ‘it’s who you know, not what you know.’ All my family, including my extended family, left school and went into work so they weren’t familiar with the idea of university.
I lived in Athena Hall which was great as it maximised the opportunity to met people. I met my best friend on the second day at a flat party. We then got a flat together in years two and three. I worked alongside my degree doing various jobs and in the middle of my second year really getting involved in the SU, working for them in a student opportunity role. I already did a lot of sport with the SU; I was the President of the football club.
There are lots of opportunities and although the University isn’t the largest with the biggest sports offering, what they do have is really great and it means you can get really involved. You can shape your SU and your university experience.