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Clearing Success Story – Ela, University of Roehampton

Ela, from East Sussex, used Clearing to get onto a Photography course at the University of Roehampton

Ela, Roehampton

Ela studies Photography

at Roehampton

What circumstances led you to entering Clearing?

I did not do as well as I hoped in my A Levels, so did not get in to Portsmouth University. But, I knew I still wanted to go to university, so I chose a subject I loved.

Did you do any preperation or research before Results Day?

For Forensic Psychology at Portsmouth, yes. I was so excited. Research into a backup option, no.

Who helped you through Clearing?

My Mum actually found the course for me. I was too busy freaking out, thinking the world was going to end because I didn’t get into the uni I wanted.

How did you find out what courses were available?

I believe my Mum Googled ‘university photography courses Clearing', and had a look through the results. The majority required portfolios to be submitted, which I didn't have yet. I quickly put one together but I didn't get in. Mum carried on looking and eventually screamed ‘Roehampton has one’.

What was the main reason for choosing the course you chose?

I have always loved photography, and it was also the only A Level I did really well in, so I took the hint. I didn’t really do any research specifically into the course at Roehampton.

Did you attend a university or college Clearing Open Day? If so, did you find it useful?

I didn't. I had actually attended an Open Day at Roehampton with a friend, so I knew what the campus looked like (stunning).

Did you find a place to live easily?

Yes, I applied for on-campus accommodation. I lived in Bede my first year and met so many amazing people and I really liked it there.

How has your time at university been? Have you enjoyed your course?

It has gone so quickly; I feel like I have grown up a lot in the past three years. I have made some life long friends and have really enjoyed being in London. I have learnt so much about photography and that I can do anything I put my mind to.

What would be your top tip for students in the lead up to Results Day?

Remain optimistic, but always have a backup plan. Learn how to cook and do laundry if you don’t know already (no one will do it for you!).