Feelings about Clearing
Before results day I was filled with anxiety, during the summer of year thirteen the fear of results day looms over you. I originally intended to take a gap year, but after receiving my results my mother advised me to go through clearing. Neither of us had any knowledge of the processes involved as I had not applied for university. I was extremely panicked. However, the school was extremely supportive and we spent results day and the following day on the phone to different universities.
My experience with York
I called three universities. There was a lot of waiting and referrals to different people. When speaking to one of the universities, they told me to apply online without having spoken to a member of the department. This is one of the reasons why York stood out. I spoke to a member of the department with whom I could discuss certain details of the course with. They were enthusiastic about me joining the course and were the most reassuring about the whole process.
After changing my UCAS application, I felt extremely relieved and was able to focus on sorting out my finances and accommodation.
Tips for Clearing
My top tips for clearing would be to remain calm and to trust those around you. Your teachers will have a lot of experience. Do not just panic and choose the first university you call. Ring other departments where the course is attractive and what you have an interest in.
I would give myself the advice to remain calm, but to remain proactive throughout the whole process and maintain motivation. Even if you did not receive the exact grades you expected, you can still enter a course at a fantastic university and have the best university experience.