(Original post by DisconcertingWink1)
Yeah, I, too, have poor GCSEs, but I believe I have a valid reason as to why they are so poor: my father died during revision, so I missed months of school and had a complete brain wipe. (I'm not sure whether I should mention this in my PS or not as I want to concentrate fully on the future and my passion for the subject I wish to study, not detail a family bereavement. Inevitably, though, I think I'll have to.) I no longer feel they represent my academic aptitude, either. If anyone saw my GCSEs without any background information, they'd think I was, well, to put it bluntly, thick — which, without sounding conceited, I'm not.
If Birkbeck has a reputation for sending its Access students to Oxbridge, then that can only bode well for you, my friend, in terms of experience and support, etc.
I know what I'm going to discuss in my PS, but it's articulating it which is the tricky part. A question about applications, actually. Because you and I are applying to Cambridge, we'll have to send our applications before October 15th. But does that mean it's also sent to our other choices at the same time?
TomU's a legend!
Well, I hope
to study for an English Literature degree. I keep having this awful premonition that, if my PS isn't up to scratch, I'll get rejected by all my choices; thus relegating me to a dreaded gap year. Gotta think positive, though, I guess.
See, this is where I'm having trouble. As I'm only 22 (I'll be 23 once — or if — I get into uni), I'm worried if I apply to a mature college, I won't feel comfortable among older students. But then, I think possibly a mature environment would be more condusive to rigorous study. Conversely, I may find that I'm able to socialise better with students who are only a few years younger than myself, but may be turned off by the party culture. It's all really prejudice of me, I know. I'll just say this: If I apply to a mature college, I think it'll be St. Edmunds; and if I apply to a standard age college, it'll be Peterhouse. (By the way, I emailed corpus and their reply was really snooty. Won't be considering them, then.)
When do you start your course, out of interest? I begin on the 12th.