My clearing journey…

Hi, I’m Grace Borg and I am about to go into my third year studying Media & Communication (single honours). I came to Hope through clearing.

I went through the clearing process because I didn’t achieve the grades for my firm or insurance choices. Although they weren’t what I was expected to get, I am very proud of my results.

When I realised I wasn’t going to my firm choice I thought my dream of going to university was over, and that my grades just weren’t good enough. Little did I know, the dream wasn’t over and my grades were good enough!

My Head of Sixth Form showed me the UCAS clearing page which listed all the universities that were still accepting places for the course I wanted to do. Through narrowing the choices down, I saw Liverpool Hope University was still open for applications. My firm choice university was also in Liverpool, so I was aware of the city and loved visiting it.

I contacted Hope via the clearing phone line and the woman on the other end could not have been nicer! As this was a very stressful and emotional time for my family and I, the warm response on the other end of the phone made the process so much easier. It was this lovely response that made me really want to go to Hope.

I received my offer straight away and the external relations team sent my details straight to the accommodation office. Within a couple of days my room was confirmed!

I was nervous when I first started at Hope, I was a long way from home and going to a university I’d never been to before. However, I have made the right choice. I believe that everything happens for a reason and I love it here at Hope.

My advice for students who find themselves in clearing is do not panic. I know it’s easier said than done, as I thought my chances of going to university were over. However they wasn’t, and I’m very pleased Hope accepted me. Definitely look at the UCAS clearing page and choose somewhere right for you, Hope was a perfect choice for me.

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