Two students tell us what it's like to go through Clearing
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Clearing can be a stressful time – whether you’re changing your plans at the last minute after just missing out on your grades or applying to university for the first time, it’s likely that you’ll have a lot of decisions to make very quickly over the next few days. It might seem daunting, but hundreds of students pass through Clearing successfully every year, the vast majority finding themselves at universities that offer their perfect course - even if they’d never considered them before. We spoke to two students who have gone through the Clearing process - one who has now graduated and one who is set to start their course this September – to see how they found the experience and whether they’d do anything differently. Emily Whelan joined Falmouth University in 2008 to study Press & Editorial Photography. She now works at the university's Institute of Photography in its Photography Stores. Emily says: “My experience of Clearing probably wasn’t the ‘traditional’ sort – I never actually planned to go to university! After my A levels I went to college and did an art foundation course – I finished with a good grade and ended up specialising in photography, developing a passion for photo journalism. As September approached I did some research into press photography courses and decided to ring round a few of the universities that offered them, just in case there were any spare places. “I rang Falmouth and spoke to the head of the press and editorial photography course and luckily they had a few places still available. I went in for an interview, which went really well, and was offered a place on the course through Clearing. I then had just a couple of weeks to get sorted before I started so it was a bit of a whirlwind, but it was very quick and simple.
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