Clearing Success Story – Hapsa, Queen Mary, University of London

Fatima, QMU

Why did you enter Clearing?

I originally wanted to study Medicine. I was so passionate about it! I completed my enthusiastic personal statement, drilled my way through the UKCAT exam, and did every possible extra-curricular activity you can think of. However... I didn’t get past the interview stage. Like a lot of other students, this broke me. I didn’t have the energy to work as hard for my exams, I was embarrassed to face my friends and teachers. Nevertheless, I believe everything happens for a reason and I continued to work as hard as I could at Sixth Form.

Fast forward to Results Day... I got the grades I needed, but had no university place.

What did you do to prepare for Results Day?

Throughout the year, I was rethinking my options. I loved science, and Chemistry was the one science I was always good at. I had the best Chemistry teacher at A Level; he was one of my favourites and I enjoyed every lesson.

I knew I wanted to go to university. So, before Results Day, I checked out which universities offered Chemistry through Clearing.

Why did you choose a course at Queen Mary?

Queen Mary offered the best Chemistry course and it was accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. I prepared myself thoroughly for Results Day, getting all the numbers I needed to call, course codes, and my UCAS ID.

How has your time at university been?

Coming to university has been one of the defining moments of my life. The vibrant environment at Queen Mary has made my experience absolutely incredible. Even though my heart was set on something else for a very long time, going through Clearing was so worth it in the end.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my course, made friends and contacts for life, learned and experienced so many new things in such a short period of time, and it has all gone by so fast.

The moral of the story is that going into Clearing is not the end of the world. If you haven’t got the grades you hoped for, or have a complete change of mind, this does not mean you are at a disadvantage. It just might just end up being the best thing that’s ever happened to you!