Student ‘mortified’ as she notices embarrassing username for uni interview
A student who bagged an online interview at her dream university was left “mortified” when she noticed what her Zoom username was.
Maisie Smith was so engrossed in her University of Manchester entrance interview that it took her 20 minutes to notice that her screen name was set to ‘Quiztina Aguilera’.
Eager for the call to run smoothly, the 17-year-old tested out her camera and microphone but didn’t spot the hilarious name she’d chosen for a quiz with friends months before.
The aspiring pharmacist said that her “heart dropped” when she eventually noticed the writing on-screen but opted to keep quiet hoping that the assessor hadn’t spotted the blunder.
Maisie, of Wolverhampton, West Midlands, said: “It was so embarrassing when it happened – I was just sitting there and the next thing you know I realised my name was ‘Quiztina Aguilera’.
“She was talking and my eyes widened as I saw it and I started to smile, and she looked at me on the camera so I had to quickly act normal and just go on like I’d never seen it.
“I was really shocked when I saw it and thought ‘oh my God’ and just started panicking, it was like my heart dropped – I was a little bit mortified.
“It added nerves because I really wanted to go to Manchester and I was doing checks beforehand – I even tested the camera and microphone out, but I still forgot to change my name.
“It was in little writing on the screen and I was probably that nervous trying to make eye contact with the interviewer that I’d totally forgotten that my name was saved as that.”
Maisie added: “I thought if I don’t bring it up, they’re not going to say anything.
“Looking back, when I entered it she said ‘is this Maisie Smith?’ – that’s probably why she asked me, and not said ‘hello Maisie’ – I just thought she was checking up a list for the interviews.
“I thought ‘yes’, I’ve done well in the interview, but it threw me off after I saw my name.
“When I looked back at the e-mail it said to make sure it’s your name, you’re wearing formal clothes and have a sensible background – and I thought ‘oh no, they’re going to reject me now’.
“I felt so relieved when I had the offer – I’ll definitely be checking my name on Zoom in the future and won’t be making that mistake again.”
Maisie hopes to take her place at the university in September if she manages to get the required grades in her A-levels this coming summer.