Being accepted at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) on the same day she applied to study Law proved a "massive relief" for Jamie-lee Hunt.
The North Nottinghamshire student got good grades - but not quite what she'd hoped - on A-level results day and was worried it would take time to secure a university place.
Feeling emotional and stressed after a difficult year, she called DMU's Clearing line.
Now Jamie-lee says she wouldn't change a thing.
She said: "I had applied for Law. Unfortunately, a bereavement and other circumstances affected me and I didn't get the right results.
"I rejected my insurance choice because I decided it was just too far away.
"I could have applied for exceptional circumstances, but didn't consider it at the time."
Jamie-lee started looking at different options, which is when she came across DMU.
"It hadn't been on my radar," she said. "The criminal justice aspect of the course really appealed.
"I applied and the process was easy, swift and helpful. The people on the phone understood my circumstances.
"It was a massive relief. I thought it would take a few days and they sorted it within the day.
"When I look back I'm really grateful and I wouldn't have changed it.
"I'm so happy on the course and because it is a close-knit university the staff are so helpful."
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Now in her final year, Jamie-lee joined DMU at the same time as her personal tutor, Dr Irene Antonopoulos, who has "gone through the process with me".
Her course highlight is the evidence module from Helen Edwards, a former criminal barrister, and Jamie-lee has gained valuable experience with DMU's Legal Advice Centre.
"We offer legal advice to staff, students and the local community. It provides a practical element in a professional environment supervised by members of staff and it's really good," she said.
Jamie-lee also represents the Faculty of Business and Law at events such as Open Days through her role as a Brand Ambassador.
"It looks good for employers and will benefit me in my future career," she said. "It also means I can share my experiences with potential students."
The 21-year-old benefited from the mass #DMUglobal trip to New York in January.
"It was amazing," added Jamie-lee, who is progressing onto a master's course with the ambition to get a training contract and qualify as a solicitor.
"It was really interesting to understand the differences in the legal systems between the UK and US - we visited the Supreme Court, had a tour of the UN and had a talk from a legal advisor to the UN, which was a brilliant experience."
Posted on Friday 27th April 2018