Name: Amanda Kyle
University: University of Dundee
Degree subject: Originally applied for American Studies single honours, but currently a third year Joint Honours American Studies and Psychology student.
In the run-up to results day, which universities were your firm and insurance choices, and how did you feel about results?
Both my firm and insurance choices were for University of Dundee, for two different subjects – neither of which included Psychology! I was worried because I had known that my Advanced Highers didn’t go well, but I was sure that I had done as well as I could on my Highers so there was always the worry that I wouldn’t get the grades as an Advanced Higher was a term of my conditional. I had never thought about what I would do if I hadn’t gotten the grades, as I was aware of the Clearing process and wanted to get to University through any means possible.
Thinking back to results day, can you tell us a bit about what you got, and how you felt when you realised you weren’t going to be able to go to your first or second choice university?
I passed my two highers with a B and C, and only passed one of my Advanced Highers with a D so as soon as I heard my exam results (I received them through a text message, I don’t know how long I would have had to wait for the post!) I was devastated. The thought of not going to University was horrible because I had no clue what else I could have done, teachers don’t really explain to you that you can still apply to college as late as August and be considered to get in!
How long did it take you to start making alternative plans, and what did you start off by doing?
As soon as I could, I was on the phone right away to the Clearing phoneline, looking through the University of Dundee's webpage to see what other degrees were still available through the Clearing process and which I would enjoy to do.
When making the decision about what to do next, who helped you the most?
I’d have to say my family, because they did stick by my decisions and were glad that I did have the initiative to try again even though my results weren’t up to the best standard they could have been.
What did you do instead of going to your first or second choice university?
I re-applied to the University of Dundee as a Joint Honours American Studies and Psychology student through Clearing, and was accepted although my grades weren’t exactly what they were looking for – they saw that I had potential which was amazing! I am very happy with my choices because although Psychology was not a subject which was taught at my high school, and I had no prior experience of it, I am finding it really interesting and different to the types of subjects I had previously done in my High School life.
What advice would you give to people who face going through Clearing in 2019?
Don’t get too worried if your grades aren’t the same as your conditional, and there is still hope for you to get into University! As soon as you know your grades, and are aware that you haven’t met your conditions, look up other Universities or perhaps pursue a Joint Honours degree instead of the single honours you applied for originally.
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