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.
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.