(Original post by ideas2ink)
Hello, just made this account here after reading an old post,
First, YES, I know the gruesome costs of Cambridge, and that there is NO help for struggling American students, like myself (I'm trying to obtain as much money from grants and loans as possible). I'm just asking if you think Cambridge is a good choice for me, considering my circumstances:
a student with high scores in 5 SAT Subject Tests (2 were languages) and 5's in 7 AP's (4 self-taught) and one published work here in New York. Hopefully, I will be learning Latin and Greek in the future.
HOWEVER, my attendence during high school here has been very poor due to some family/financial situations. I basically have no extracurriculars like sports or volunteer work, which makes me a highly unsavory candidate for US universities. Here, they won't even consider you if attendence isn't up to par and you don't have a laundry list of EC's (for quality unis, at least). I'm hoping they don't look for these in the UK. One of my reasons for seriously thinking of Cambridge, particularly, is because of the weight and quality and history of its humanities department. People have told me to go for liberal arts colleges here in the States, but they look at the aforementioned criteria, as well.
I know at Cambridge that you cannot study two subjects concurrently, so, I'm on the fence with either English lit., History, Classics, or Philosophy
I have my heart set on UK unis because I think they care about intellect and aptitude solely, and what's pertinent to the course you'll pursue. I'm hoping they will not look at attendance and fancy things like clubs, etc, that American unis do.
Do you think, considering my circumstances (financially needy student with horrible attendance and no EC'S, BUT, high exam scores, published work, with more on the way, and strong fervor for learning), that I should go to Cambridge? Do you think the possible debt is worth it, knowing I most likely will not get accepted to any private colleges here?
If further details are needed, I'll add them; I just wanted to adopt a more personable tone, rather than sound so pretentious and elitist.
*High school attendance plays a factor in the same way as grades for the private unis ('tells a lot about the person and future behaviors,' so I'm more concerned with the role of HS attendance, out of the two.