Meet student Dora

Meet Dora

BSc Computer Science

Dora hadn’t given Clearing a second thought until results day rolled around and she needed to check out her other options. But since securing a place to study Computer Science at Kent, she’s thrown herself into student life and hasn’t looked back.

‘I missed my firm choice by one grade! I was predicted AAB but achieved ABB. I knew my grades were still good, so I was keen to find a decent course in Clearing. I’m not going to lie, I was a little bit stressed on results day, but then my brother told me that Kent was good for Computer Science; I headed to their website and the course was just what I was looking for. I also looked into Kent’s Mathematics course, but I chose Computer Science mostly for its job prospects.   

So, I called Kent’s Clearing hotline and spoke to an incredibly helpful person who passed me over to a professor in the Computer Science department who was also very reassuring. I explained what grades I had and they were able to make me a verbal offer. All I had to do after that was complete their online form to make an official application and that was it – my place was confirmed! 

Sorting accommodation

Bearing in mind that some universities can't guarantee you a room if you go through Clearing, I put in an accommodation application as soon as I could and I was offered a returner room in Darwin College. Returner rooms are typically for second or third-year students who'd like to continue living on campus, but as it didn’t matter to me that I wouldn't be with other first-years, I happily took the offer. Being on campus is really convenient – I can slip out of bed five minutes before my lectures!

How it's going now

I’m coming to the end of my first year at Kent and I’ve had a great experience so far. I've met really friendly people and there’s always a bunch of stuff happening around campus. I’m big into the Creative Writing society which is where I've met quite a few of my friends. I also like how flexible my course is; all my lectures are recorded, so if I can’t make it to one of them, or they’re particularly hard, I can watch them back! 

Dora's words of wisdom

My advice for anyone going through or considering Clearing is to keep an open mind. Things might feel a bit bleak if you’ve hyped up a certain uni in your head, but at the end of the day, you’re still going to uni and you’ll have a great time. I’m proof of that!