My experience of Confirmation and Clearing

I was the first person in my immediate family to go into higher education; I couldn’t really ask my parents or a sibling for advice and support regarding choosing a university, which as you can imagine was a bit stressful!

For various reasons I initially ended up applying to a University that was not for me. I panicked around results day; the panic was not because my grades were that bad, but because I thought I was going to end up being unhappy at that university!

To give you a little insight into my decision at Clearing, I have always had a strong connection with the south-west; our yearly family holiday was always a great ‘staycation’ in the beautiful historic fishing villages of Looe and Polperro, just through Plymouth and over the Tamar Bridge!

I visited a Plymouth University open day, I thought the students who were leading the campus tours were genuinely friendly and laid back, and of course I already knew I liked the location of the city.

I knew what my decision had to be; I picked up the phone and gave Plymouth a call. After speaking to the admissions team, and a reassuring person at the Clearing hotline, I had a clear picture of what I wanted to do, Geography with Ocean Science! Plymouth said that they would be able to sort out my UCAS mess for me!

I had an absolutely amazing time on my undergrad at Plymouth; I made friends and memories for life and developed new skills on my course, on my field trips and in the clubs and societies I joined! 

After successfully graduating, I was so impressed with the institution and my course that I wished to further my knowledge and signed up for a part-time masters programme in Applied Marine Science. I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship allowing me to afford to study, and I will be completing the programme this summer!

Outside of my masters studies, I have been a Student Ambassador and this August will be the second time I have worked on the Clearing hotline. I like to be in a role where I am supporting others and I know those calling the hotline will feel exactly as I did. Since choosing Plymouth University I have had such a great time and I would love to help other people get the opportunity to have a similar experience.

My closing piece of advice is that everyone is an individual. Don’t do what your friends or your teachers say; do what is right for YOU!

Good luck everyone on results day!

Best wishes

Paul