Clearing success story: Strathclyde
Read about Jyoti's experience of getting a place through Clearing to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.
Why did you use Clearing?
When I went through Clearing, I switched university three times until I made my mind up. Let’s just say, admin definitely didn’t like me when I kept having to phone back and say I wanted to be released back into the system to take another offer. Also, depending on your grades, it’s not the worst thing that could happen. In my case, I went to the university of my choice even though I didn’t apply here in the first place. Optimism is key.
Why did you choose Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde?
I don’t have a real reason as to why I chose it. I’ve always enjoyed mechanics and maths and knew I wanted to go to university. My dad said it might be a good idea if I looked into it, so I did. Honestly, I chose it because I just love understanding how things work and I find it amazing.
I made the decision to go to university in Scotland when I was quite young. I’ve always preferred Scotland over England, though this view may or may not be biased. I didn't want to go to Edinburgh, so it was a choice between Strathclyde and Glasgow. I chose Strathclyde over Glasgow because I preferred how the course worked. Strathclyde seemed to have a more hands-on approach compared to Glasgow, and I thought that would be best for me.
How was your university experience?
My time at university has been great! I’ve made great friends and really enjoy my course, two things that I was really nervous about when coming to university. Strathclyde is a really welcoming place, and so is Glasgow, so it’s been an easy transition, despite the change in workload. Time seems to really fly by compared to school. Sometimes, when I look back, I still feel like it’s November. I really love it here.
My favourite thing about my course is that it allows me to be the full-fledged nerd that I am. While sometimes it feels repetitive, as I’ve learnt some of the course content before, there is always something new to learn. I love how, even though I’ve studied the same concept before, it manages to shed light on something I had never thought about.