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Clearing success story: Solent University

Read about Elena's experience of getting a place through Clearing to study Biomedical Science at Solent University.

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What degree did you originally apply for and where?

I originally planned to study Microbiology at University of Nottingham.

Why did you use Clearing?

I didn't get the results I was expecting, so didn't get my first choice or insurance choice. 

Why did you choose Biomedical Science at Solent?

Through Clearing, I got onto the BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology curse at Solent University, a factor was that my brother was studying a similar degree at Solent. At the time, I was too fixated into actually getting into university and not thinking clearly about which course I wanted to do. I had always seen my brother studying Psychology and it seemed interesting. I initially took a foundation year and found it was not the course for me. I ended up transferring to a different course, (BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science) a year later and I couldn't be any happier.

Did you attend a Clearing open day? How was it?

I did attend a Clearing open day and personally at first, I found it a bit daunting since on previous open days I had my parents join me. However, I went all the way to Southampton to attend on my own (I hadn't yet at that point told my parents I had to go through Clearing). Everyone was friendly, and it was easy to talk to the student ambassadors which calmed my nerves. The day was organised well and the first time I saw the spark, I was in awe!

Did you find accommodation easily?

Finding accommodation was straightforward. I choose to live in private halls nearby which was great since I only had to leave five minutes before lectures started to make it on time.

How was your university experience?

Yes! I absolutely love my course and I couldn’t picture myself anywhere else. My family often jokes that I have sprouted wings since going to university, and I know I've developed into a young independent adult. I have also found a new passion for a sport called bouldering (indoor rock climbing) at the university and am now the vice-captain. I've also made many lifelong friends along the way and my time at university has definitely been the best years of my life

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