Clearing Success Story – Cyan, Bangor University

Cyan Williams _GLL2669

Cyan, from Dunmow in Essex, struggled a bit at school, and didn't get her first choice of university. But she's enjoyed success at Bangor University, graduating with a Master of Chemistry, and is moving on to pursue a PhD at the University of Cambridge.

What circumstances led you to entering Clearing?

I have dyslexia, Irlen syndrome and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). I struggled a bit at school and during my GCSEs but still achieved 2 A*s 7 As, a B and a C. At the start of A levels, I wanted to study medicine. However, after receiving my AS results which were mostly C, D and Es, I knew this was not going to be possible.

After working hard to improve my exam technique, I eventually passed A levels in Maths, Chemistry and Biology.

When I didn’t get my first choice of university, I went on to Clearing, but couldn’t find a course and university that felt right. I got into Bangor very late through Clearing as I was on a waiting list, and I got my official UCAS confirmation during Welcome Week!

What factors made you finally settle on the course you chose?

I researched the surrounding areas of various universities, and decided Bangor was the ideal place for me.

I googled which university had the best amenities and facilities, and Bangor has a good Chemistry department, and a very good dyslexia department, with the added bonus of being close to the beach!

How has your time at university been? Has it delivered what you were looking for and are you happy?

The highlight of my degree was studying for my third and fourth year projects. These were my first real taste of research, and I loved it! I could concentrate and focus for extraordinary lengths of times with ease, and I didn’t mind working 12-hour days, and found it so exciting and engaging.

I’m so glad everything turned out well in the end and I loved my time in Bangor. I’m sad to be leaving Bangor, with its lovely beaches and mountains, and the life I’ve made for myself here.

But, I’m extremely excited to be moving on to the next thing… never in my wildest dreams could I have seen that happening four years ago.