Monday, 4 August 2014

The Big Day

This post is aimed at A-Level students; we’re coming up to the big day where you will find out your grades, where all the conditional offers change to unconditional or unsuccessful.

It might be that on that day, you will need to apply through Clearing, but are you prepared? Maybe you will do better than you expected and you’ll have an opportunity to apply through adjustment, are you prepared?
On that day, places will come and go very quickly, so in order to secure a place, you need to be prepared. In this post I wanted to give you three tips to keep in mind when the day comes.

Stay calm
Keep calling up universities, don’t lose hope, if you find it difficult, having someone who can speak on your behalf can help.

In any case, don’t lose hope, don’t settle for the first offer you get unless you’re genuinely satisfied with the offer, and keep calling until you have exhausted all your options.

Stay organised
Think about what you want to study give yourself a scope to stay within. How far are you willing to move? Are you going to commute? Narrow your choices down to a shortlist.

It might be a good idea to make a list of universities beforehand in order of your preference (with phone numbers) to save you time on the day. Tick them off as you speak to them and make notes.

Stay focused
When I first applied through Clearing, I wanted to study Architecture; I was offered Landscape Architecture and turned it down, it would have been a change in career direction I wasn't after. If you end up in a similar situation, don’t feel obliged to accept the offer, especially if it’s outside of your scope.

With that, I sincerely hope your grades go well and you would need to go through that stage of having no offers in hand, but I advise you all to be prepared.

All the best!

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