Elizabeth Rogers, Mathematics and Philosophy
I originally chose to study mathematics at the University of Warwick. However, during Year 13 I realised that I had a passion for philosophy too. I was worried about getting the grades I needed for my firm choice, and decided that if I was to enter clearing I wanted to do a dual honours course to study Mathematics and Philosophy. I researched my options and found this combination is only offered at a small number of universities.
On results day, I didn’t meet the grades for my firm choice. I knew which universities offered the course I wanted to do, and decided to contact them. When I called the University of Sheffield, they said that they had space on the course and made me an offer. A member of the Mathematics Department later called me to answer my questions about the course and the university. This really helped me to know I was choosing the right university as they all seemed very welcoming and enthusiastic about the course.
I was invited to visit Sheffield in person for a clearing open day. This was very reassuring as I was able to view the university and meet staff members from the departments I would be studying in.
My advice for anyone who is thinking of going through clearing this year is to make a plan which lists the university, the phone number and the course title and code so that you are prepared. The UCAS website is a very good place to find out which courses can be accessed through clearing. It can be very stressful but everyone will be really helpful and friendly.
Since joining the university, I have become a member of the sign language society which meets weekly to learn new signs and socialise. I have really enjoyed learning the signs and meeting new people.
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