June 30, 2020

Rosie Clines

I always saw clearing as a daunting option for students who hadn’t got the grades that they were hoping for, but it is so much more than that. This time last year, I would not have expected to be where I am today, or to have used clearing to get there.

I was never fixed on the idea of University, however, I always knew I wanted to take a year out of education, to build my confidence and to travel. After some thought and long discussions with my parents, I decided to apply, with my grades, after my A-Level Results in 2018.

I originally got a place at Reading University, studying Graphic Communications, however something felt wrong about this choice – I didn’t feel eager to go. However, after some months travelling, I sorted accommodation and student loans ready to begin my course at Reading in September.

It wasn’t until August 2019, when I made a short trip to Cardiff, where I fell in-love with the city. I was over the moon to find out Cardiff Met did the same course I was planning to study! From then on, everything happened very quickly but I knew it was the right decision for me. I was apprehensive about dropping everything that was already organised, but to think it could make me happier was encouraging.

Rosie at the Met Fest Freshers Event
Enjoying the MetFest Freshers’ event in 2019

The process of clearing was super easy and stress-free. I was able to speak with the Head of Department, David Wrenne, who explained the course, and made me feel like I’d be very welcome.

I went away knowing that I would feel more at home at Cardiff Met than I would at Reading. After having a BIG think, being accepted via UCAS and completing an online interview, that was it, I was going to Cardiff!

Going through clearing was a nerve-racking decision but also extremely exciting.  It gave me the opportunity to have a change of heart and helped me make the right choice for myself. During my experience, I was also worried that I was making a rash decision, but taking that plunge has been one of the best decisions I have made.

My message to students thinking about going through clearing is, don’t be afraid of it, even if your situation is different to mine, clearing shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing, it should be perceived as an opportunity – good, unexpected experiences will come out of it.

This last-minute change of heart has done amazing things for me – I am now in a fabulous city, with loads of opportunities, I have made some great friends within the Cardiff Met community and the course is perfect for me.