Helping students through Clearing

In August 2014, Jenita Loheswaran contacted the Clearing hotline at Plymouth University having narrowly missed out on the grades she needed to study medicine. The advice and assistance she received meant she enrolled on another course, and she has just completed her first year on the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science course. She has now volunteered to help others follow a similar path, and here explains why she was keen to do so.


What did you study at school, and what were your original plans for university?

I studied biology, chemistry and maths at A level, with an additional AS level in psychology, at the Greenshaw High School in Sutton. I initially applied to study medicine at two universities, one of which was Plymouth, but as both had the same entry requirements, when I just missed out on one, it meant the same for the other. Obviously I rang both universities up and hoped that I might still have a chance but, alas, that was not the case.

So what made you want to explore other courses at Plymouth University?

As cliché as it sounds, my heart was already set on Plymouth and I couldn’t imagine studying anywhere else! I instantly rang them up and spoke a lovely young lady on the Clearing hotline, who was really understanding, particularly as emotions were obviously running very high that day. She helped me through the whole Clearing process from start to finish.

How did the advice you received convince you to come here?

I was already hopeful about coming to Plymouth and as soon as I got a verbal offer on the phone, I didn’t even bother trying to call up any other universities. I was Plymouth-bound from that moment on, and I have just completed my first year of a BSc Hons) Biomedical Science course.

And are you enjoying it?

I am loving it! I’ve made some great friends and all the lecturers are fantastic, all really passionate about the subject, which makes for really enjoyable and interesting lectures that never get boring.

What would you say to anyone thinking about coming here?

Go for it! Plymouth University is a great university! It’s so diverse and interesting, and there’s so much to do. As well as my course, I’m involved in loads of societies, and living in one of the many halls of residences that the University has to offer was a great experience too. I can’t imagine being anywhere else now, so don’t let anything hold you back, as I can guarantee you’ll love it from the moment you arrive.

Why did you want to help on the Clearing hotline?

Obviously, going through it all last year myself was massively insightful and I owe a load of respect and gratitude to the people I spoke to on results day last year. They got me through a really stressful time and were incredibly helpful. I would love to be able to be that person for someone else this year! I can really relate to what students this year will be feeling like on results day as I’ve been there myself – hopefully I’ll be able to empathise with them and help them through the day and see many of them here in September!

Jenita Loheswaran, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science student at Plymouth University, said:

I owe a load of respect and gratitude to the people I spoke to on results day last year. They got me through a really stressful time and were incredibly helpful. I would love to be able to be that person for someone else