Clearing is no drama says theatre graduate

"It was a very easy process, I thought it would be a lot harder but it wasn't.”

Vicky Chopra, BA (Hons) Drama Performance and Theartre Arts

Perseverance has paid off for graduate Vicky who didn’t give up on her dream to study drama and applied to Staffordshire University through Clearing - twice.

When Vicky received her BTEC results aged 18 she applied through Clearing but didn't secure a place.

She explained: “At first I felt as though I shouldn't try to get into Staffs again. But I decided to go back to college for a year and give it another go.”

After boosting her grades and building up a range of work experience, Vicky applied through clearing again. She called the clearing hotline, talked to a lecturer from the course and was accepted to study BA (Hons) Drama Performance and Theatre Arts

“When I got in it was the best feeling ever! It was a very easy process, I thought it would be a lot harder but it wasn't.”

She added: “I thought I would be treated differently when I arrived at uni but that wasn't the case. Everyone was in the same boat as me, which was really comforting."

Vicky embraced her time at Staffs and became a student blogger, sharing her experiences of university life. After graduating at the University's awards ceremonies in Trentham Gardens this month, the 24-year-old from Willenhall now hopes to become a drama therapist.

Speaking on her graduation day, she said: “It feels so surreal actually being here and wearing the gown. It's such a good feeling having everyone congratulate me. It's amazing!”

Vicky urges others who might have failed to get the grades they wanted, not to give up on going to university.

“Still apply and call up the Clearing hotline. Speak to someone and explain your situation. Tell them about work experience and what you've done previously. You can still get onto a course!”

Find out more information and advice about Clearing at Staffordshire University here.


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