The Clearing period can be a time fraught with anxiety. Many students feel like it is a last resort option – but in reality, it is a huge opportunity. An opportunity to explore new universities, consider different courses, and to have your perceptions changed.
We’re running a series of Clearing stories to highlight the reality of applying to universities through Clearing – and to showcase what great things it could lead to.
We talked to current student Sinem Ishlek, who applied to SOAS through Clearing last year. Due to Covid, most of Sinem’s first year was taught online – with two years left to go, Sinem talks about how she got here, and what excites her about the rest of her course.
Tell us your Clearing story – what/where were you originally going to study?
I initially had offers to study Geography with Economics at the LSE, and also Economics & Management at KCL. Due to the pandemic, students including myself couldn’t sit their A-Level exams, so instead we were all given “Centre Assessment Grades” by our teachers; I was given lower grades than I anticipated so I missed out on both of my offers.
How did you find the Clearing process?
Why did you choose SOAS?
I was (and still am!) fascinated by SOAS’ specialisation in the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Most university courses in the UK are quite Eurocentric, so the thought of studying at SOAS felt particularly unique. In hindsight, I truly believe that going through Clearing was in fact a blessing in disguise for me!
What do you study at SOAS, and what do you enjoy most about your course?
What excites you about your next two years at SOAS?
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
What advice would you give to students thinking about applying to SOAS through Clearing?