(Original post by m411327114)
One year ago I wished to do Chemical Engineering at uni, but after studying all three sciences I decided to apply for Nat Sci (physical). My interest is in Physics and Chemistry but still find Biology very interesting. I was almost sure about dropping Biology next year but then after seeing the A2 textbook I think I just love all my 3 sciences. It is really a difficult decision to drop any.
Actually pretty sure that the grades will be good enough for Cambridge (can't be any better than full marks), but just worrying if I am doing enough 'extras'.
I am about to take my AS exams now: a level maths(further maths next year) + as chemistry + as physics + as biology. Through all the 3 mock exam series at school, each including all the modules, I scored over 90% raw marks in all science units and mostly 100% in the maths modules. Practical units went very well ending up with 39 or 40 out of 40. So hopefully getting full UMS in most of (if not all) my subjects this summer.
I've done some extra things that I thought would be useful:
chemistry schools analyst competition(going to the national final in summer)
Hans Woyda maths competition(member of school team)
UKMT senior maths challenge(gold 105/125)
Chemistry Olympiad(got silver 41/55 in Round 1 after some self-studying through the A2 course)
reading some books (textbooks like Why chemical reactions happen by James Keeler, and Thinking Skills)
watching the Feynman lecture series, and some recorded physics lectures given by MIT professors.
Now thinking about taking STEP I, and also preparing for next year's british physics olympiad and chemistry olympiad(just want to do it for fun although it will be useless for application process, as it happens in the second half of the academic year).
Now planning to go for a bit of work experience in the summer but I doubt if it is really going to be useful, because somehow I have a feeling that for Science subjects it's better to do more in-depth reading and researching. Any suggestions on this?
So if you were an admission tutor what would you think about this CV? I am personally very confused on this because basically my teachers have been saying 'you are a strong candidate' throughout the year, but I was never convinced that this little bit of good grades would get me a place at Cambridge.
I know I need to do some really solid stuff in the forth-coming 5 months before the application deadline, because the awards only look pompous to me. Reading university-level textbooks is probably helpful and great fun so I am doing it.
What else do you think will add to these?
Btw please don't criticize on my English. I am foreign.