Having overcome the stress of going back and forth on personal statement drafts, one thing awaits prospective students; offers/ acceptances. The anticipation of a response may be at the forefront of your mind as you prepare for your A-levels but here are my tips on how to approach offers and make the most of your summer when it comes to preparing for University.
Do not compare yourself to others
Seeing others around us receiving offers can lead us to compare our situation to theirs and have the mindset that we won’t get the offer we want. I personally had this issue and remained anxious rather than focusing on my studies. For example, others began receiving offers in February whilst I started receiving offers in late March/April; so it’s important to note that everyone is different.
What to do when you receive offers
Although you might, for example, be set on one university, make sure you attend events for prospective students for at least one other university that gave you an offer to keep your options open and overall get a taste of university life.
If you do have your mindset on one particular university make sure to engage with it by visiting it, doing guided tours, etc. In the summer it is also helpful to go on your course’s website and do some background reading on modules if you are not familiar with them. I have never studied Anthropology before university so doing preliminary reading helped me out immensely with some content I read even being discussed in class.
Learn more about how to visit LSE, including Offer Holder Days for LSE Offer Holders.
Preparing for the worst
Although we may envision that we achieve our goals, it’s always good to know of your other options should something fall through. I advise discussing with teachers about the Clearing situation or any concerns about your predicted grades as well extenuating circumstances your university should be aware of.
Disclaimer: please note that LSE does not usually participate in Clearing. More information can be found here.
This is something I never knew about until I got to university, but UCAS Adjustment refers to when your final grades are higher than you predicted so you can adjust your university choice to one that has a higher grade boundary if there is space available.
Disclaimer: please note that LSE does not usually participate in Adjustment. More information can be found here.