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So sorry only getting back to you now, have been cramming for my mocks..
My sister got 7 As at JC and A1s in Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Applied Maths, French and Spanish at LC and an A2 in Accounting, but her offer for imperial was only 5 As (not even A1s)..unbelievable really and she didn't even have to do STEP which was so lucky seeing as a lot of english applicant do as part of their conditional offer and she wouldn't have had time to prepare for it.
Her personal statement would have been very good.. excellent reference my school were pretty in awe of her, maths and applied maths competitions, financial maths course, actuarial work experience, time abroad(languages), commendation for performance in Jc and invitation to attend Maths olympiad trials etc
She had an upper-hand as well as she applied for Maths with a year abroad and she has a fairly high standard of French and Spanish, having spent time away. She was perfectly suited to the course so that could have been why they decided they wanted her regardless of STEP.
At least you know they aren't biased against Irish people, I'd say your application is of a similar standard so you have a good chance although she did have the whole language thing and she got her offer relatively early in november.
Let me know when you hear, good luck!
With regards social life, tbh I don't think you'll have difficulty in London. Keeo in mind London
's population is twice that of Ireland... there will be all sorts of people here.
Your e-stalking skills are truly impressive btw
Also, can I ask, your sister who is studying maths in imperial... what were her
ii) Predicted LC grades
iii) Personal statement credentials?
Good luck with whatever choices you make.
Hi. I was pooled & unfortunately rejected by Cambridge. Though the fact that I was pooled means I was near Cambridge standard, so theres some consolation. In terms of university: Imperial is definitely worth it. It's just a notch behind Oxbridge from what I see, but they apparently weed more people out during 1st year of uni as opposed to the interview. LSE is also worth it, especially if you're thinking of doing maths & Economics and thinking of investment banking. Not 100% sure about the others, I think I'd take Trinity though. Regarding UCD vs TCD, I'd definitely say Trinity.
And... ive just realised there is a private message thing, my TSR skills are truly exceptional
Also within Dublin I am unsure about whether Economic and Maths in Trinity is better or worse than Economics and Finance in UCD.. I've heard mixed reviews.
Please enlighten me on your research.. Can't believe I've found another Irish person in a similar boat. Ps you should feel honoured I made an account to post this.
Okkay so I've literally finally bothered to get a TSR account after months of lurking on this thing after a minor freak attack with the first CAO deadline on monday and still no reply from UCL or LSE. I've decided to roam the threads here in hope of some inspiration, comfort and perhaps distraction from the guilt of not studying for my upcoming mocks.
I'm also an Irish student and, as weird and stalkery as it sounds, you sound like you've done all the research I've avoided.. I just saw your posts on boards, and the ones here.
My sister is in Imperial studying maths at the moment so I wanted to keep my options open and am hoping to get offers from either LSE or UCL, but still unsure whether I would actually end up going. I'm really nervous I won't get in due to the stiff competition and you just can't really tell how they compare the Leaving Cert to A-levels and what not. I got 8As and a B at Junior Cert and am predicted 7A1 (Maths, Applied Maths, Physics, Chemistry, French, Spanish, Economics) and 1A2(English) at Leaving Cert, so essentially very good for the irish system but the english system is a whole different ball game. Did you hear from Cambridge in the end? My sister applied there but was rejected after interview.
In relation to english Unis have you decided whether its worthwhile going over? Obviously the courses would be significantly more acknowledged which is a huge deciding factor for me as I'm interested in Investment Banking. I can't decide if I'm willing to give up my social life here though to spend 4 years with people who may be too academic to be sociable and I have a fairly tight clique here so I might find that part difficult, but ultimately I am very determined to be successful. The other option is to stay here and do a post grad abroad, but even getting into some of the first tier post grads or MBAs at Harvard and the likes you need to have gone to a really good Uni, and quite frankly I'm not sure how Trinty compares.