Had you considered coming to Plymouth before you got your grades?
Yes, I'd originally applied to Plymouth to study medicine but just missed out on my offer by a few marks. From previous research, I knew my next best option was to try and look for somewhere to study biomedical science (as it was a great course and it could potentially help me as a gateway course to medicine later on).
Did you panic when you didn’t get your first choice?
A little – but who doesn't?! I actually found out whilst I was on the bus on my way into school to pick up my results so that was an interesting experience. I was quite upset, because I'd had my hopes set on medicine for a really long time and not achieving my own personal goals was a real shame.
How did you find the Clearing process?
It was pretty easy actually. UCAS makes the whole process nice and simple and so all you have to do is follow a few instructions on the website and call up the universities you're interested in going to. A little bit of research and a phone call later and I had a verbal offer.
I rang up the Plymouth University Clearing Hotline and spoke to a lovely young lady 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. She made it as easy as she could for me, really calmed me down and eased my stress levels. She answered all of my questions and explained everything in detail, so I was fully clued up on it all.
Are you glad you ended up at Plymouth doing the course you’re on?
Absolutely. 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. As cliché as it sounds, my heart was already set on Plymouth and I couldn’t imagine studying anywhere else.
What advice would you give to other students about Clearing?
Don't panic. It may seem daunting at first (it is to everyone, we've all been there!) but just follow the steps provided, do a bit of research and call up as many or as few universities as you'd like. You have nothing to lose so it's definitely worth giving it a go – you never know, you might even end up at your dream university.