- Subject area
Being in my final year of study at Loughborough University, I often find myself reflecting upon my journey here.
I am from a relatively small town in Warwickshire and during my A-Levels, I knew I wanted to attend a campus university that had a similar small-town feel to it. However, I was still uncertain as to what subject area I wished to study. My A-Levels consisted of Maths, Psychology and Spanish so I decided to look at studying International Business as it required a combination of skills I had learnt in all three subjects.
Loughborough University offered a university-wide languages programme, meaning that would be able to improve on my Spanish language skills throughout my three years of study. Taking in consideration all my available options, I decided to place Loughborough as my insurance choice of university.
On my A-Level results day the first thing I did was check UCAS Track to see if there had been any updates. Upon this I found that my firm choice university had neither accepted nor rejected my application.
At this point I had to go into school to collect my results to try and find out why my situation was as such. At school, with little guidance available from my teachers, I decided to call my firm choice university to understand what this meant about my offer. I later understood that as I missed out on the entry requirements for my firm choice university, the admissions team would only be able to tell me if I had a place after everybody else who had applied to the course had received their results.
With all my friends having already found out where they would be studying, I become quite apprehensive as to where I would be going. I decided then to call Loughborough once more to understand their position regarding my offer. The team were quick to remove me of my worries and reassured me that my conditional insurance offer from then would still stand no matter how long it took my firm choice university to decide on my outcome.
They also outlined to me what my next steps would be should my firm-choice university decide to reject my offer. It was only at 7pm that evening that I found out that I had been rejected from this university and accepted by Loughborough University to study International Business. Very soon after this I received an email from the School of Business & Economic admissions team congratulating me on my offer to study at Loughborough University.
After my 4 years here at Loughborough, it is safe to say that I cannot imagine myself studying and living anywhere else; I’ve made so many fond memories and friends for life!
I really do believe that the sheer number of opportunities to develop both personally and professionally would not be sought anywhere else! I’ve had the chance to volunteer at the university nursery on Action projects, work as a Student Ambassador throughout my studies, become a course representative and embark on a year-long placement at HP Inc. The skills I picked up through these experiences allowed me to chair a charity committee during my placement year that raised over £20,000 for charity within 12 months.
My course is continually updated by lecturers to ensure the content we learn is up-to-date and relevant for when we eventually enter the graduate world. It is clear to see that Loughborough is truly a university with its students at its heart, with student feedback being taken extremely seriously at all levels, from lecturers all the way up to our Vice Chancellor VC Bob!
My tip for those of you going through results day; be prepared! Personally, I created a list of clearing courses at various universities with their contact details ready the day before results day to prepare for all situations.
Should you need to call the clearing hotline, try and keep a level head and remember the unique qualities that you have that set you apart from the rest! In hindsight, I wish I had reached out more to people who had recently gone to university to get a better idea of what to expect on results day as I was the first people in my family to attend university in a very long time.
Whatever happens, remember that your university experience will not be hindered should you not get into your first-choice university on results day … I didn’t and honestly it was the best thing that has ever happened to me and I wouldn’t have changed it for the world!