It's been a busy time for me as a prospective university student. As Christmas draws closer the deadline for UCAS applications in January grows more threatening and looms over all university applicants. Also January brings five exams to my timetable. My boyfriend has his sorted before last summer holidays, as his school deadline was set earlier than mine. The deadline for JoGs (my school) Y13's is this Friday, and mine still hasn't been sent of - not the fault of my own. As I hopelessly mucked up two of my AS Levels I decided to aim to get my application is as early as possible. I completed my first draft of my personal statement in the summer holidays, only to realise that I had to wait until September when school started to get my tutor to check it and give advice.
So after completing my personal statement and the rest of my applicaton, I payed the £22 and sent it off to go to my school to check it. Two weeks later and my JoGs still hadn't sent it off. Head of 6th Form imformed me they were waiting for my reference from my AS Chemistry teacher from the school opposite which is a joint 6th Form with ours. It took around two weeks again before they got hold of my reference. But I only got called in to check the application with the head of 6th Form after my parents had phoned to query about it. I was told that my maths teacher hasn't predicted me a grade and that I have been 'hard to track down' - after attending all of my lessons and constantly residing in the common room at break and lunch.
Eventually I tracked down a maths grade and got called to go through the rest of my application with the head of 6th Form. So, has it been sent off after getting the grade? Nope. She (head of 6th Form) found fault with my IT Clait Plus. Noting that it took me 5 minutes to google and find out that I had to label it as OCR Other - Clait Plus, she sent it back to me and made me wait another two days (because of the strike yesterday) to send it off.
All in all, hopefully, I will have a sent UCAS application one day before the school deadline. All in all, I am furious at the school and it's poor communication and organisation skills.
But on a good note...my boyfriend is hoping to go to Plymouth and Plymouth is also one of my choices, so fingers crossed (yn) that we'll end up there. :D