Lauren missed her grades...
"When I found out I had to apply for a course at university through Clearing, I was so upset. I felt like I had failed myself but my partner helped me realise that everything happens for a reason as I still achieved good grades.
"I believe I have had more opportunities at St Mary’s than I would have had if I had gone to my first choice university. For example, I have been given the opportunity to study at The University of Notre Dame in Australia for a semester.
"Due to small class sizes, students at St Mary’s spend more time with lecturers who know each of us by name.
"Although Clearing may feel like the worst thing that could possibly happen to you, there are other people who go through the same thing - so you are not alone."
Lauren's top tip:
Look at every single university that does the course you want to do even if the grades are higher than what you achieved, as no university wants empty spaces. You may end up at a better university than the one you originally applied for.