Alice found a new direction through Clearing
Alice, from Salisbury, took a gap year after questioning her original choice of degree. Following a period of work experience, Alice applied to the University of Reading and secured a place on BSc Food Science with Industrial Training.
What circumstances led you to applying for university through Clearing and Adjustment?
"I decided that my original choice of degree programme was not right for me. So, I took a gap year and worked in the food hall at Marks & Spencer. Through this, and gaining further work experience, I declined my physiotherapy offers and decided to enter Clearing and Adjustment where I applied to Reading to study Food Science."
Who helped you go through Clearing?
"I had some email conversations with the Admissions Team and they were very helpful. They seemed very calm throughout all the communication we had, so this helped me to stay relaxed. I researched online the different food science courses and, after seeing they had spaces available, I rang the University."
Why did you choose the course you enrolled on?
"I've always loved food. After seeing all these innovative new products entering the shelves in Marks & Spencer, I decided I wanted to be a part of the food industry. I'd also heard great things about the University's Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences through my school and watching documentaries on TV."
How has your time at Reading been, and have enjoyed your course?
"I have loved every minute of being at Reading and am so, so glad that I made the decision to study food science here. I've loved getting involved in outreach activities and Open Days. I had so much fun conducting experiments in the pilot plant and have made some great like-minded friends. "
What would be your top tip for students in the lead-up to results day?
"Don't worry about what may happen on results day. It may seem stressful, but take it as it comes and you will find the right course/university for you, regardless of the outcome on results day. Don't feel like you have to share your results with friends if you don't want to. If you do find yourself in Clearing and Adjustment, have an open mind and keep your options open."