Eseza Mpalanyi found keeping her studies close to home was a sure way of achieving her degree in business management. The 21 year old from Croydon in Surrey had planned to go to a university further afield, but realised the mounting costs of living away from home plus tuition fees were making her study hopes an impossibility.
â€œI just didnâ€™t want to burden myself with unnecessary debt, not in these tricky economic times, and if I could stay at home and study, I thought I would be giving myself the best chance at success in the future,â€ Eseza said.
Eseza got online to the UCAS website to see what other course options were available and found there were places at Kingston University in South West London.Â â€œThe journey was achievable from home and, with Kingston Business School having a great reputation, I knew I needed to give them a call and find out if I could get on the course,â€ she said.
The Clearing hotline is hosted every year by students, some of whom have come through the Clearing process and so are in a good position to offer friendly and practical advice.Â â€œI found the whole process very simple, once I had decided what I wanted to do,â€ Eseza said.Â â€œWhen I was offered my place on the course, I felt a huge relief.Â I knew I had made the right choice, not just for the short term, but looking ahead for my future too.â€
Esezaâ€™s family were also pleased that she had found a way around her problem.Â â€œStaying at home meant I was able to contribute to family life, keep my part-time job and maintain my studies,â€ Eseza said.
Now looking to apply for a graduate scheme with a major employer, Esezaâ€™s advice for students going into Clearing this year is not to rush their decisions.Â â€œItâ€™s worth taking the time and doing a little bit of research, even before you get your results, just so you can start to narrow down your area of interest and locations,â€ she said.Â â€œMy family and friends were a huge support to me, so make sure you discuss what you are doing with others when you can – it really helps clear your head when you have so many decisions to make.â€
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