Issue date: 12 August 2008
Rashmi Rajyaguru, who was at school in Ashton Park, Bristol, originally applied to go to university in London. When she found it hard to obtain accommodation there, she had to rethink her options. She found that going through Clearing gave her a wider choice of universities to choose from – including one much nearer to home, the University of the West of England.
Rashmi, who has just completed a BSc Honours Degree in Management at UWE, said, 'The process was surprisingly easy. I phoned up obviously in quite a state, but the guy on the phone was really helpful. I already knew what subject I wanted to do because I had looked at UWE's website so he talked me through what I needed to do next. It was all over relatively quickly and I could go on enjoying the rest of my holidays.
“Having come to the end of my course, I actually don't want to leave! I keep discovering more things about the University and becoming more involved both academically and socially.
“I gained practical knowledge hosting the Bristol Business School's Act4Africa Charity Night at the Jester's Comedy Club in Bristol, and was a student rep and ambassador. I set up UWE's Asian Society, took part in dance shows, and volunteered via the Community Volunteering Programme as a sports leader. It's been an amazing experience!
“My advice to anyone considering going through Clearing
this year is not to panic or get overly upset. That is the major thing. There are loads of reasons why people go through clearing and it doesn't mean that you've failed or everything's gone wrong.
“Take some time out then look at your options clearly. Talk to as many people as you can, but at the end go with your gut instinct because only you will know where you want your own future to go.”
•For more information go to:Clearing 2008