Daniella Ocaya standing on Candleriggs with Strathclyde's Ramshorn Theatre in the background

UCAS Clearing Daniella's story

Philosophy, Politics & Economics student, Daniella Ocaya joined us through Clearing in 2017. Daniella has lived in London since childhood but had been looking to study her degree in Scotland. Find out about her experiences of applying through Clearing and of studying in Glasgow at Strathcyde.

What course are you studying and why did you choose it?

I’m studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Strathclyde. I chose this course because I was able to keep Economics, which was what I was originally intending to study prior to the Clearing process. The PPE course also allows me to explore a wider range of areas given the addition of philosophy and politics.

What attracted you to study at Strathclyde?

I was already keen on studying in Scotland, so Strathclyde was a way for me to pursue this goal. My mum had also completed a summer course here years ago and enjoyed it so I thought that as she had enjoyed her time here, I would probably do so too.

How did you find the Clearing process?

It was quite stressful as I found out on results day that I hadn’t been accepted into either of my top two universities. I had to try and find a course, which I would still enjoy at a university I hadn’t considered before. I also didn’t know a lot about the Clearing process, which only added to the stress.

"I got an offer from Strathclyde the very same day as results day."

Thanks to my mum though, who encouraged me to search immediately for courses related to economics, I got an offer from Strathclyde the very same day as results day. I definitely went through a whirlwind of emotions that day but I’m glad I got on with it and received a university place.

Daniella Ocaya standing in front of the Duke of Wellington statue in Royal Exchange Square

What advice would you give students applying through Clearing?

Just know that it isn’t the end of the world and there are still plenty of courses on offer from other universities. Also, put aside the fact that it may not be where you had intended to go and choose a course you will enjoy at a place you wouldn’t mind getting to know more about. It really is a journey in itself so just be open-minded.

"Know that it isn’t the end of the world and there are still plenty of courses on offer from other universities."

How have you found your time at the University?

On the whole, I’m enjoying my time here so far and I’m blessed to have made some new friends too. I’ve also enjoyed being a part of different clubs and societies because it has made me feel more at home here at Strathclyde. 

What’s your favourite thing about your course?

My favourite thing about my course is having the opportunity to learn new things and apply them to key concepts and theories with respect to my three subjects.

What’s your favourite thing about Glasgow?

My favourite thing about Glasgow is the people. I’ve met so many friendly and welcoming people so far and this has honestly helped me to settle in and feel like I’m a part of a big family.

"I look forward to making many more fond memories and growing as a person too."