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    (Original post by H&E)
    Finally found the stats here: http://www.admissions.ox.ac.uk/colleges/adstats.pdf

    Maintained: 47.1% of applications, 46.9% of offers
    Independent: 36.1% of applications, 43.9% of offers.
    That's quite a substantial difference.
    Depends on the college - look at Kings....

    Wait a minute... that's Oxford! Everyone knew they were snobs! That's why Cambridge is better.
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    (Original post by Faboba)
    Depends on the college - look at Kings....

    Wait a minute... that's Oxford! Everyone knew they were snobs! That's why Cambridge is better.
    Cambridge is better because one of its colleges pursues a policy of wild discrimination? :confused:
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    And because Douglas Adams went there :d Can't forget that!

    Speaking of which, anyone know what college he went to?
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    (Original post by H&E)
    Cambridge is better because one of its colleges pursues a policy of wild discrimination? :confused:
    Uh... yes. ( I thought we were calling pro-state discrimination good today. I'm so confused! )

    (Original post by Acaila)
    And because Douglas Adams went there :d Can't forget that!

    Speaking of which, anyone know what college he went to?
    St Johns.
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    Oooh I'll add Johns to my colleges to look at list
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    (Original post by soapsuds)


    scalpels are good but you have to change the blades regularly to keep them sharp *grins*
    This is true. They only give you 6 blades to last you the year in dissection though, but we seem to get by ok. And I think I have to give it back at the end of this year.
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    This is true. They only give you 6 blades to last you the year in dissection though, but we seem to get by ok. And I think I have to give it back at the end of this year.
    Maplins sells scalpel blades.
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    (Original post by Faboba)
    Maplins sells scalpel blades.
    Meh - I don't need to buy any yet
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    Darn it darn it darn it!! Why why why is my sleep pattern messed up? Now I'm too late to talk about my "miracle scum gets into Oxbridge" story Even though everyone had heard it all before.

    Oh well, never mind
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Meh - I don't need to buy any yet
    I have somehow managed on just 1 blade I think.....! And we have to give them back?? I though we paid for them! Maybe they'd be useful in the future or sommat
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    (Original post by MadLy)
    I have somehow managed on just 1 blade I think.....! And we have to give them back?? I though we paid for them! Maybe they'd be useful in the future or sommat
    I don't know. Mine are still in my locker, along with my festering labcoat. I don't remember if we bought the kit, or just hired it - mine certainly didn't look brand new!

    I changed blades once, I think, but I'm sure I haven't got the same scalpel as when I started because we do all our washing up together, so they're certain to have got mixed up.
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    (Original post by F. Poste)
    Darn it darn it darn it!! Why why why is my sleep pattern messed up? Now I'm too late to talk about my "miracle scum gets into Oxbridge" story Even though everyone had heard it all before.

    Oh well, never mind
    Nonsense! Tell it anyway!

    In fact; I DEMAND to hear it. Tell it now or there'll be hell to pay!
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    (Original post by Faboba)
    Nonsense! Tell it anyway!

    In fact; I DEMAND to hear it. Tell it now or there'll be hell to pay!
    If you insist *violins play*

    It's quite a long story so I'll shorten it down: I never really got on well at school; I was good at all the academic stuff but had attendance problems. The fact I was moved from a small first school to a larger middle school where everyone already knew each other didn't really help. Neither did chronic asthma. Anyway, I left school in year 10; I was never happy because I was very shy and desparately wanted friends; but my shyness was interpreted by others as being stuck up so I never made any lasting friends at school. I left at the beginning of year ten, was diagnosed with depression and put on drugs, then committed, then kicked out because I wasn't a straightforward case as they hoped. I was very, very low at this point. Then, cheesily enough, September 11th happened and it made me think what a waste of my life I was making. I knew that I wanted more out of life. A nice therapist helped put me back together. I went to a special school for people who'd dropped out- most of them were unacademically inclined and had been expelled. Anyway, I got 5 GCSEs there, at better grades than anyone had anticipated and moved on to the local crappy secondary modern for sixth form, because I had made friends who went there through a volunteer group. It became evident that I was actually quite good at school, and when I started looking at unis I knew I had nothing to be scared of and put down Oxford. Instead of apologising for not having the same academic standards, I wrote on the Oxford form about having missed out and how it had made me focused and ambitious about studying English. They must have liked it.. and hopefully I'll ride off on my horse into a spire


    *credits roll*
    Christ that was a long story.
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    *is running out of handkerchiefs after the first two lines and unable to read on for that reason*
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    (Original post by Yannis)
    *is running out of handkerchiefs after the first two lines and unable to read on for that reason*
    I'll give you a clue: everyone dies at the end!
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    (Original post by H&E)
    Wow. That's very impressive. So much for all Oxbridge students being middle England, middle class, all the advantages in life etc.
    Nah - that's my story, and that's why I don't tell it
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    (Original post by F. Poste)
    I'll give you a clue: everyone dies at the end!
    I don't think they'll publish though; too much like Girl, Interrupted.

    I know this always sounds like a poor comment to make but; good for you!

    ( I think the trouble is it invites the question; 'What do you mean 'good FOR ME'. Are you saying that my standards are somehow inferior to yours and so that while what I do may seem like an achievement to me to you it is simply something run of the mill that you'd dismiss without a second though. Do you think you're better than me? You want to fight? Huh? You want to fight? Come on; square-go!' etc, etc )

    Did you apply through the special access scheme ( or is that Cambridge? )
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    (Original post by H&E)
    Wow. That's very impressive. So much for all Oxbridge students being middle England, middle class, all the advantages in life etc.
    Or Londoners. There's a reason that going to Cambridge is referred to as 'Coming Up'.
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    (Original post by H&E)
    Wow. That's very impressive. So much for all Oxbridge students being middle England, middle class, all the advantages in life etc.
    Thank you They probably just gave me an offer because I had a nerve
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    (Original post by F. Poste)
    Thank you They probably just gave me an offer because I had a nerve
    TBH, I think applying to Oxford with 5 GCSE's without apologising for it shows so much self belief and determination that you're probably going to succeed at whatever you do in life and therefore Oxford would be stupid to turn you down.

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