July 24, 2017, by Guest Blogger
Applying through Clearing Fairs – Timothy’s story
On the morning of A level results day, due to the time difference of 7 hours ahead in Hong Kong, I wasn’t able to calm down as I was very nervous. I just kept refreshing UCAS Track to see if I got into my firm choice.
It was not until around 3pm (Hong Kong time) that Track was opened. I immediately shut my eyes and pressed enter. 10 seconds later, I opened my eyes and didn’t see my firm choice university shown on Track. I was agitated. My parents and I got changed immediately and left home to attend the Clearing Fairs.
As I was on the way to the exhibition, I phoned up my sixth form to find out my exact results and looked for the Clearing numbers for the Universities that I wanted to apply to but didn’t in the first place. When I got my results, I was upset because I did worse than I expected but my parents were being very understanding and encouraged me to go ask different universities at the fair.
As I was walking past the University of Nottingham’s stall, I was thinking would I stand a chance to get in, due to the entry requirements compared to my firm choice university? I decided to sit in front of the stall and ask about the Clearing requirements, and I left my A level results with Nottingham’s member of staff for him to have a look into it.
The next day, I received an email from him saying I have got an offer to study at the University of Nottingham. I was exuberant after knowing this news. I then sat myself down and looked into what Nottingham actually offers in detail and then decided to accept the offer, and that’s how I started my uni life as a University of Nottingham student.
You can also meet us in Hong Kong at Clearing fairs in August.