Sally, who now runs her own business Mum’s Back, scored a C, E and U in her A-level English, home economics and art exams and confessed: “I’ve stuffed that right up”.
But choosing Brighton turned her life around, for the better.
Sally told her story in The Guardian’s Clearing guide article:
“I had my heart set on going to Sheffield University, but that wasn’t an option any more. I sat on the concrete floor and listened to my friend’s voices celebrating around me, pretending I wasn’t bothered. In fact I was. I knew it was my own fault – I was just too interested in boys, drinking and going out socialising at the time.
“One of my friends came to my house and persuaded me to look at the clearing list. We literally stuck a pencil on the list randomly and it landed on the University of Brighton, on a course about historical and cultural studies.