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Meghan Thompson


United Kingdom
One of best things about the film course is the creative freedom to execute your own ideas and watch them grow and develop throughout the project.

More about Megan

How did you enter into Clearing?

I originally applied to three different universities and after doing interviews got offered places at each. From the get-go, I struggled to make a firm decision on where I wanted to go as each university had pros and cons and I wanted to make sure I was making the right decision for me and my future. It wasn’t until I was a month away from attending a different university I realised that I wasn’t happy with my choice. I managed to find a course at NTU that was not only everything I wanted from a learning point of view, but also closer to home, so I applied through Clearing and it was the best choice I made.

Why did you choose to apply to NTU?

I didn’t realise how much I’d struggle being in a new city when I started looking at going to university. When I came across what sounded like the right course for me it was an extra comfort knowing I was close to my family and friends and I already knew most of my surroundings.

Can you tell us what you experienced during the Clearing process?

To begin with, the Clearing process was stressful for the fact that I had already agreed on attending a different university than the one I wanted. I first had to call up my first university and say I no longer wanted to attend and asked for a proof of withdrawal letter. After sending the letter off to UCAS they released me into Clearing, and I could apply for the new university choice. It was a stressful time as I wasn’t even sure NTU would offer me a place. I spoke to a few people over the phone at NTU about the Clearing process and they were very kind and helpful and kept me informed of any progress. Luckily, I got an offer and I couldn’t have been happier.

How have you settled into your course and NTU?

I love my course at NTU. It’s always daunting meeting new people and forming new friendships, but you just have to remember everyone is in the same situation and everyone wants to get along. I’ve made friends and am doing something I enjoy so settling into the course was easy for me.

What do you like most about the course, and do you think you’ve made the right decision?

One of best things about the film course is the creative freedom to execute your own ideas and watch them grow and develop throughout the project. I learn new things each week that improve my work and I try to apply them where I can. I also like being surrounded by people who are passionate about film, it helps me to reassure myself I made the right choice picking this course.

What do you think about the course staff, how do they support your learning and University experience?

The course lecturers are lovely and encouraging. It’s nice to have an expert opinion on something you’re working on and get feedback on a regular basis. All my lecturers help me to improve my work and push it to be the best it can. On a weekly basis I have one to one scheduled into my timetable, but I know if I am struggling with anything I don’t have to wait to talk to them, they’re there to help and listen.

What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?

Even though I have lived close to Nottingham for a while, studying at NTU gives the city a whole new experience. I’ve discovered places I’ve never visited before and joined unions that help the city feel more like a community.

In a nutshell, why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study in that area?

Film is fun and creative, I will always recommend studying film. The thing I was looking for most in a film course was more practical work rather than written and NTU has just that. It’s a hands-on course, you’ll be able to get involved in creating projects that you like and are passionate about. You’ll have access to top of the range equipment, so you’ll be able to do extra projects outside the course. You don’t have to know everything about film theoretically or technically, as long as you have a passion for it you will like this course and be taught the rest.

What advice would you give someone thinking about going through Clearing?

My advice to anyone thinking of going through Clearing who is unsure of their current choice is to just do your research. Make sure the new course is right for you, talk to pre-existing students and really get a feel for the course before you decide. The Clearing process is stressful if you're changing universities, but 100% worth it if you’re confident with the change.

What are you most looking forward to in the two/three years at NTU?

Improving, progressing and having fun.

Our guide to Clearing will answer your questions about the Clearing process, how you’ll know if you are eligible, and how to choose the right university for you.

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