Brighton Student bloggers

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Jenny and a friend holding their results

Results Day – it’s normal to feel nervous!

In my time as a student, I have endured three results days. Having arrived back from a festival only three hours earlier and surviving on very little sleep, achieving GCSE results that were higher than anticipated caused me to burst into floods of tears, and there’s a terrible photo to prove it. How embarrassing. A…

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Thivya using a mannequin to study medicine

Choosing a course in Clearing – how I did it

I didn’t apply to university as I intended to take a gap year – I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to study so planned to take a year out to think about it. I changed my mind a few weeks before results day so I started researching and narrowed down a few courses and…

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Yousra smiling at the camera

Applying through Clearing as an international student – why I did it [video]

Why I applied through Clearing from abroad I applied through Clearing from abroad because it was mid-August, and I still wasn’t happy with my university choices. After being offered unconditional offers from three different universities none of them felt like the right fit for me. “As an international student, I was not used to writing…

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Does university really help your career?

I’ve always heard mixed opinions about whether or not university prepares you for work life. I had always questioned whether it was better to gain work experience or complete a degree. Could education really prepare me for a career? Clearly, I opted to get my degree, but it wasn’t an easy decision. In this blog piece, I’m going to…

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James studying

Preparing my university application

I was the first in my family to go to university, so when I applied, I was nervous about creating a strong application. I was fortunate to have a supportive sixth form that talked me through the UCAS application process. A significant part of this process is writing a personal statement that you create based…

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Changing course and university – how I did it

When I was in sixth form, I was overwhelmed with information on choosing the right course and pathway for me. After weekly sessions on personal statement writing and multiple trips to UCAS exhibitions, I thought to myself – ‘I’ll just do what I’m good at’ that way, you can’t go wrong, right? So, for me,…

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Brighton pier

Getting into Philosophy through Clearing: My Clearing journey

I loved school in general but felt even more at home as I progressed into sixth form. I really enjoyed getting a taste of more freedom of choice in the direction of my studies and starting to have the kind of classroom environments that you go on to experience in seminars. School and first choices…

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Students working together

Writing a UCAS Personal Statement

For many people, writing their personal statement when applying to a university is a new experience. It’s an important document that undoubtedly impacts on your potential to get accepted onto a degree. With universities accepting thousands of applications, each with a personal statement, it’s important to know the do’s and don’ts of statement writing as…

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