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Molly Grimsey

BA (Hons) Photography student


Molly Grimsey

My name is Molly Grimsey and I am one of the most indecisive women you will ever meet! And if you’re reading this, you are probably quite similar. Luckily, there is nothing wrong with this it just means you’re more of a thoughtful person (always got to look on the bright side, obviously).

But anyway, I’ve been asked by the University of Suffolk to write a little bit about my story of going through clearing. I’m so excited to talk about this because if it wasn’t for university, I wouldn’t be the person I am today!

I have always really struggled with my confidence and as much as someone can attempt to put me down, I will always do a better job of it myself. Because of this, I didn’t think I was good enough for uni but I also was quite a home bird and didn’t like the idea of moving away, because I come from a massive family that I adore.

When everyone was applying to uni, I was so stressed with college work and I was quite lost and unsure of what I wanted to do. In some ways, I needed a break from education to just realise how much I enjoy it (I’ll put my hand up right now and admit I’m a nerd!)

Basically I never even filled out the UCAS forms or anything because I thought I knew better and that working in a shop was good enough for me, but when it came down to it, I was heartbroken! I missed learning new skills and photography. Photography was always my dream and not having a job that allowed me to express myself made me feel like I had lost myself.

After a big self-confidence boost, I finally realised that I was the only one stopping myself from following my dream. So I simply called up the clearing hotline and spoke to the friendliest lady whom had my details within minutes!

She also made sure I spoke to one of the lecturers from my course, which was so important as it made me feel welcomed and that the University of Suffolk would really care about me so they would push me to thrive. To which they really have. I never thought I would be the person I am today and I wouldn’t be who I am if I hadn’t gone to university, so to that, I owe the University of Suffolk a big thank you!

I’ve spoken a lot about myself here but if you’re reading this then you’re obviously thinking about challenging yourself, too. I can honestly tell you hand on my heart that although uni has had its ups and downs, I actually wouldn’t change a single thing because without sounding like the biggest cheeseball ever… I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason, so trust yourself!

Follow your dreams, take risks and make amazing memories! I’ve made so many just from two years that I will cherish for the rest of my life, due to friends who are always there through the good, bad and confusing!

A good phase to remember is.... doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will! This is a quote that’s actually displayed on the University. It’s one of those ones where it always makes me stop and think what if?

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