(Original post by Wellie)
Here are the reasons why I think I SHOULD apply to Oxford:
1) I'm very passionate and -at the risk of sounding brash
- good at English. I'm relatively sure I will perform well in the ELAT test, being a very close reader who picks things up quite quickly and thus may prosper within this exam. ELAT is probably the main factor, as far as I've gathered, along with interview in deciding places.
2) Latin is not English. I'm being highly realistic here as I achieved a low A in AS. This could translate into a B next year if I take it. The jump from AS Latin to A2 Latin is astronomical, a lot larger than the GCSE/AS jump. The Economics jump, according to various sources, is not as big.
3) Through UCAS I also need to consider teacher's predictions. I have more chance being predicted three A*s if I take Economics and with As in all my module grades for AS my application should look quite strong, taking into account the invisibility of UMS with Oxford.
4) I'm certain I can get at least three As next year with Economics, English and History. There is more coursework which acts as a cushion to any disaster as well as the fact I will be able to focus more on those subjects with Latin out of the way. Seeing as I only have 4 written examinations next year I will be able to hone in on exam technique and content for each to make sure I don't fail.
5) Many people apply to Oxford/Cambridge without Latin. Unless you have actually tried the subject you have no idea how difficult it is. There is, in my opinion, more content to learn than history. The translation of ancient passages also comes easier to some than others. My literature side to Latin was always very strong, stemming from potency in English, however, my translations were always weaker. The translating element is what gets more difficult and I don't really want to take a foolish risk.
6) I am widely read. My preparation for interview has been extensive and my personal statement is littered with literary references
, hopefully what Oxford want. I am confident I could speak at length and with enthusiasm about English in interview.
7) Oxford set the challenge of 100 books in a year, or two books a week. I know I can easily achieve this as I can manage this now, even when at boarding school
. So as far as coping with the workload I'm sure I could manage it. The Old English element for the Oxford course differs from the foreign language option in the Cambridge course. This means that another language isn't as important as far as dealing with the course goes in terms of Oxford compared to Cambridge.
8) My UCAS application will have all As at AS, 9 A*s at GCSE, hopefully a decent personal statement and a prediction of at least A*A*A. With Latin I could be predicted a B, which would look odd to Oxford admissions, maybe determining that I fluked the AS Latin exam.
So I think your half hearted, shallow and exceeding unhelpful remark
does not take into account all these factors. I do take on board criticism but not sweeping rudeness that was only posted to get a cheap laugh.