Eunice Malonzo – Open to new opportunities

Eunice has recently graduated from Coventry University with a degree in Psychology BSc, but her life at the university started by going through the Clearing process. Now that she’s spent a successful time at Coventry University, she agreed to provide some insight into her experiences of going through Clearing.



How was your experience of coming through Clearing?

I remember the day of my A-Level results, nothing went according to plan. UCAS was the first thing I checked in the morning, which showed that I had missed out on my first-choice university. Obviously, I was upset but still hoped of getting into my second choice due to my UCAS application showing up as ‘pending’. However, after coming into my sixth form to physically collect my results, my teachers informed me that the UCAS application on my phone did not align with that of what an accepted offer looked like. Once it was confirmed that I was going to be applying through Clearing, I phoned Coventry University, and my call was picked up almost immediately. I was greeted by a friendly voice on the other side of the call and all they asked for were my details, which course I was interested in and my A-level results. Shortly after I had finally received an offer for Psychology BSc at Coventry University!



What made you choose Coventry University?

I had to push my feelings to the side when I found out that I hadn’t got into my first or second university choice. Coventry University was the first option that came into my head as it was one of my five original UCAS choices. Admittedly, I was very hung up on the university that my firm and insurance choices belonged to, but Coventry University was a very close choice for me regardless, after seeing what the university had to offer me in terms of academia and extra-curricular activities. I liked that it was close enough to home, yet far enough away to experience ‘living out’, the range of societies/clubs to join, the structure of my course and the campus being full of history and culture. All these factors added up to me choosing Coventry University.



What advice would you give to someone who is going through Clearing?

As someone who went through Clearing, I’m very aware of how disappointing it can be to miss your firm and/or insurance choice. One thing I would say to someone going through Clearing is that even if things don’t go your way, you can still make it your way by persevering and being open to new opportunities.



Which accommodation did you live in? Tell us what it’s like!

In my first year, I lived in student halls*. I liked that it was near the university and city centre, making it perfect for running to early morning lectures and needing to grab a quick lunch.
*Note – Even though Eunice came through Clearing, she was still able to get into either a university or privately-owned student halls because we guarantee it for all students applying to a Coventry campus through Clearing.



Can you tell us about the work placement you did during your time at Coventry University?

Coventry University has given me the opportunity to undergo an integrated placement year after having completed my second year of university. In the first few months of my placement, I was able to work as a volunteer mentor in a Birmingham secondary school where I was able to provide academic and personal-growth support to Year 11 students. I then spent three months working privately for the mother of a young son with Autism where I was trained in the role of an Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) tutor. My work placement experiences have aided me with skills that will prove necessary in the world of work, as well as giving me an insight into the field of psychology, particularly that of educational psychology.

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