Look around and be ambitious – Judit’s Clearing story

I am a first-year international student from Hong Kong, who studied A levels in the UK. My A level years were the most stressful two years of my life: in addition of being an international student, I had to put extra effort into my studies due to the language barrier. I re-sat many of my …

I had to go with my guts – Najiha’s Adjustment story

What do you do when you have a hunch telling you to give up your unconditionally offered firm choice at the very minute you hold your A level results? You follow it. I exceeded my grades for my firm choice and decided that I could do better and apply for Adjustment at the University of …

Everything happens for a reason – Jimena from El Salvador

A year back from now, I was preparing to sit my IB exams. I spent every day revising and worrying about results since it would dictate what my future holds. I was optimistic and hopeful that I would go to a top 5 university. Unfortunately, life isn’t always as we plan it to be, and …

Changing plans through Adjustment – Jemi from Kenya

Sitting at home, anxiety rushing through my blood, I log into UCAS and see that my firm choice had accepted me. Normally one would jump for joy but not in this case. I was bummed. I didn’t want to go so far out, I didn’t want to do the course I had got into, and …

Keep a positive attitude – Sue’s Clearing story

My name is Sue and I am studying Psychology. I was accepted into the University of Nottingham through Clearing. I remember the day I received my results: I had been nervously checking email all day, and was fully expecting an offer from my firm choice university. The minute I received an email from UCAS notifying me of …

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) …