If you spoke to me a year ago and I told you what I thought my university life was going to be, it couldn’t be more different from what it is now.
I was doing my Level 3 BTEC at Suffolk New College in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. I had my heart set on doing this as a degree at a university in Northamptonshire.
Summer was getting shorter and the time to move to university was getting closer and closer. Finally the day came where I packed up my things and we made the 3-4 hour journey to Northamptonshire. We stayed in a hotel overnight to make the journey as easy as possible.
The day came we left the hotel early in the morning; I picked up my ID card and my door key for my halls of residence. I moved in and met my flat mates for the first time. That evening we went clubbing and to be honest, clubbing with new people isn’t my kind of idea for an evening out.
A week went by and I wasn’t having the best time of my life, I was down and felt so lonely. One day I woke up and knew I wanted to come home. I booked my train tickets and spoke to the University. There is something quite refreshing about leaving something when you know it will be the right move, but I guess I felt like a failure at that time because I left so soon.
Travelling on my train home, I went on my laptop and searched universities and apprenticeships near me, and I found the University of Suffolk. I looked into it more and what courses they offered. I came across the Software Engineering course and I liked what I read.
The following day I went to the Clearing open day with my parents and we really liked what we saw. I enrolled that day through Clearing which was an easy process; it was quick and less stressful than I thought it would be, being the start of the September term. As soon as I started my first proper day, I knew I had made the right decision.
I love my course as I get to meet people from all different backgrounds because some people are from companies doing an apprenticeship scheme and some people are like me doing the degree by itself. I love studying in Suffolk not just because it is in my hometown but at the campus there is everything you need. With a now 24/7 open library, the facilities are perfect for studying.
University is tough, it’s not just parties and meeting new people, the studying is hard but the end reward is worth it.
It is never too late to change your mind on what you want to do. Clearing isn't as stressful as people think. If you want to change course, university, or want to go to university at the last moment, just go for it.
My experience of going through Clearing was what I needed and the best decision I made. It gave me a second chance of starting my degree again and showed me when life changes and feelings change, there are always other options and it isn’t the end of the road.