I ended my last blog promising to reveal all regarding our plans for the traditional Theme Your Team competition taking place on the last afternoon of Clearing.
We have all worked so hard over the last few weeks and this is an opportunity to come together to celebrate and to say good bye to each other as the whole clearing mechanism is wound down, packed up and moved back to the store rooms in Avery Hill – until next year. It feels like the end of a summer festival! I have worked for eight weeks straight as have many others from the enquiry unit team while the newbies joined us for the last four. We are exhausted. We answered 12,500 calls in A level week and 12,700 the following week. We had to retain so much information about the complex Clearing process, and about so many aspects of the university system in general, and about our university in particular. As we work so closely with our colleagues we form amazingly strong bonds as we help and support each other through such a stressful event. In the week just gone, the calls were of a different nature; more people with registration, start date, and accommodation queries and just a few still looking for university places. In between calls we began our preparations to decorate our bay with our theme of Twister Party. We kept it top secret until the last minute after rumours that our first idea had been commandeered by another team who shall remain nameless!!Everything was covered in spots, feet, and hands while we each dressed in one of the twister colours of red, yellow, blue or green. We had backboard decorated with ‘twister’ written in many different nationalities to reflect the cultural diversity of our team and the university.
…so to all those readers about to start their amazing university adventure my advice is make the most of it. You can never have this precious time again. Look for opportunity and when it comes along, grab it with both hands. Work hard, stay curious, stay safe and have fun!