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    (Original post by powelsmartin)
    Hello.

    I am new to this forum but I really really need HELP!

    I hold offers from Oxford University for PPE and from LSE for Philosophy and Economics and I am having trouble to decide which one of them to select as my firm choice.

    My school teachers are pushing me towards Oxford I think because it will look good for Ofsted and I feel like I have gone through a lot of trouble (TSA, interviews, etc) only for Oxford. Also when I was there the town felt enchanted.

    But I feel that my heart lies with LSE. These are my reasons:

    -The job prospects seem to be much better - the course, despite lacking compulsory politics, looks more interesting and applicable to today.
    -Despite Oxford's magical aura, I think London may be more advantageous at the end of the day - there is more to do on a daily basis and I can find a job more easily, both during my studies if I need to and afterwards.
    -Also I feel that LSE will provide me with a better student experience. Oxford's education from what I heard is overwhelming and you do not have time to enjoy yourself during your studies. The traditional aspect of Oxford (formal hall etc) looks appealing but I have been told that this is only interesting in the beginning.
    -The reputation of LSE is improving and of Oxford diminishing slowly from what I can see. I want to be ahead in life and so maybe LSE will be better for this.

    As you can see, I personally prefer LSE but I am having trouble declining Oxford because of the "excitement" created around it. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you very much.

    Martin
    choose oxford. its reputation is not diminishing, anything bad people say about Oxbridge is because they didn't go there
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    (Original post by powelsmartin)
    Hello.

    I am new to this forum but I really really need HELP!

    I hold offers from Oxford University for PPE and from LSE for Philosophy and Economics and I am having trouble to decide which one of them to select as my firm choice.

    My school teachers are pushing me towards Oxford I think because it will look good for Ofsted and I feel like I have gone through a lot of trouble (TSA, interviews, etc) only for Oxford. Also when I was there the town felt enchanted.

    But I feel that my heart lies with LSE. These are my reasons:

    -The job prospects seem to be much better - the course, despite lacking compulsory politics, looks more interesting and applicable to today.
    -Despite Oxford's magical aura, I think London may be more advantageous at the end of the day - there is more to do on a daily basis and I can find a job more easily, both during my studies if I need to and afterwards.
    -Also I feel that LSE will provide me with a better student experience. Oxford's education from what I heard is overwhelming and you do not have time to enjoy yourself during your studies. The traditional aspect of Oxford (formal hall etc) looks appealing but I have been told that this is only interesting in the beginning.
    -The reputation of LSE is improving and of Oxford diminishing slowly from what I can see. I want to be ahead in life and so maybe LSE will be better for this.

    As you can see, I personally prefer LSE but I am having trouble declining Oxford because of the "excitement" created around it. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you very much.

    Martin
    Oxford PPE a no brainer. And 3 years compared to LSE's 4 years. If you want to you can take a MSc at LSE after Oxford but you probably realise then you don't need it. Quality of life is better at Oxford.
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    (Original post by powelsmartin)
    Hello.

    I am new to this forum but I really really need HELP!

    I hold offers from Oxford University for PPE and from LSE for Philosophy and Economics and I am having trouble to decide which one of them to select as my firm choice.

    My school teachers are pushing me towards Oxford I think because it will look good for Ofsted and I feel like I have gone through a lot of trouble (TSA, interviews, etc) only for Oxford. Also when I was there the town felt enchanted.

    But I feel that my heart lies with LSE. These are my reasons:

    -The job prospects seem to be much better - the course, despite lacking compulsory politics, looks more interesting and applicable to today.
    -Despite Oxford's magical aura, I think London may be more advantageous at the end of the day - there is more to do on a daily basis and I can find a job more easily, both during my studies if I need to and afterwards.
    -Also I feel that LSE will provide me with a better student experience. Oxford's education from what I heard is overwhelming and you do not have time to enjoy yourself during your studies. The traditional aspect of Oxford (formal hall etc) looks appealing but I have been told that this is only interesting in the beginning.
    -The reputation of LSE is improving and of Oxford diminishing slowly from what I can see. I want to be ahead in life and so maybe LSE will be better for this.

    As you can see, I personally prefer LSE but I am having trouble declining Oxford because of the "excitement" created around it. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you very much.

    Martin
    The fact that you're even thinking of leaving Ox PPE for LSE Phil & Econ suggests LSE is where you really want to go.

    Oxford PPE looks better on paper, but it's ultimately about where you're going to be most happy. Entirely up to you.
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    (Original post by imlisa1996)
    choose oxford. its reputation is not diminishing, anything bad people say about Oxbridge is because they didn't go there
    I don't know, my friend is studying PPE and he says he is regretting it... But she got rejections from LSE and UCL so I think she would have chosen London if she could...

    (Original post by GandalfWhite)
    Oxford PPE a no brainer. And 3 years compared to LSE's 4 years. If you want to you can take a MSc at LSE after Oxford but you probably realise then you don't need it. Quality of life is better at Oxford.
    The LSE course is 3 years also. Also I think London is better than Oxford - being next to Westminster, Downing street is better job prospects I think and generally there seem to be more things to do in London (and more time to do them).

    (Original post by Mr Inquisitive)
    The fact that you're even thinking of leaving Ox PPE for LSE Phil & Econ suggests LSE is where you really want to go.

    Oxford PPE looks better on paper, but it's ultimately about where you're going to be most happy. Entirely up to you.
    Are you sure that Oxford looks better on paper? LSE from what I know has better job prospects which is a big plus.

    Thank you for your advice! I think the fact that I am defending LSE means I definitely want to go there.
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    (Original post by emmelinelu)
    I don't even know
    I didnt even try counting haha
    I'm sure yours will come soon
    Ah okay, I hope so! Lol
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    (Original post by Flamehaze)
    Going with the flow of TSR. *ohhh the thread is pretty quiet lets send out an offer plus a few rejections to heat things up. Lol
    hahaha probably true
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    (Original post by powelsmartin)
    Are you sure that Oxford looks better on paper? LSE from what I know has better job prospects which is a big plus.

    Thank you for your advice! I think the fact that I am defending LSE means I definitely want to go there.
    Just a matter of personal opinion tbh. LSE has great, immediate city connections, but Oxford PPE is useful for working in the city, journalism, and of course front-line politics. That said, job prospects aren't too big a consideration; whichever course of the two you choose, your job prospects will be excellent.

    You're welcome! I agree. Have a good think about it though and be sure to choose the one where you know you'll be happiest
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    (Original post by powelsmartin)
    Are you sure that Oxford looks better on paper? LSE from what I know has better job prospects which is a big plus.

    Thank you for your advice! I think the fact that I am defending LSE means I definitely want to go there.
    Oxford PPE will open doors that LSE won't. Just look at all the notable alumni the course has produced.
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    (Original post by Boy_wonder_95)
    Oxford PPE will open doors that LSE won't. Just look at all the notable alumni the course has produced.
    Bad idea to choose to spend three years studying a course just because of the alumni it's produced
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    (Original post by Boy_wonder_95)
    Oxford PPE will open doors that LSE won't. Just look at all the notable alumni the course has produced.
    Aren't all those alumni from rich backgrounds? I am looking at all the politicians which were well off enough initially to even join the Bullington club. Also Oxford is much older so it had many more centuries to produce these alumni.

    What kind of doors will Oxford open that LSE won't?

    Thank you.

    Martin
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    (Original post by Mr Inquisitive)
    Just a matter of personal opinion tbh. LSE has great, immediate city connections, but Oxford PPE is useful for working in the city, journalism, and of course front-line politics. That said, job prospects aren't too big a consideration; whichever course of the two you choose, your job prospects will be excellent.

    You're welcome! I agree. Have a good think about it though and be sure to choose the one where you know you'll be happiest
    Thank you again. I know that I do not want to go into politics (which is why I applied for philosophy and economics) and journalism does not seem like a very well-paid job either. Hence I imagine Oxford's advantage according to this is lost.

    I guess LSE is the obvious pick for me then...
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    (Original post by powelsmartin)
    Thank you again. I know that I do not want to go into politics (which is why I applied for philosophy and economics) and journalism does not seem like a very well-paid job either. Hence I imagine Oxford's advantage according to this is lost.

    I guess LSE is the obvious pick for me then...
    Try listing the pros and cons about going to Oxford or LSE,
    then do a cost-benefit analysis If they are more or less on the same level,
    go with your heart! Both Institutions have excellent career prospects!
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    (Original post by stichybabe)
    Try listing the pros and cons about going to Oxford or LSE,
    then do a cost-benefit analysis If they are more or less on the same level,
    go with your heart! Both Institutions have excellent career prospects!
    Thank you for the advice! I have done this and LSE strongly comes up on top in both cases but I have been told several times that I am making a mistake...

    I think I will go with LSE then
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    (Original post by powelsmartin)
    Thank you for the advice! I have done this and LSE strongly comes up on top in both cases but I have been told several times that I am making a mistake...

    I think I will go with LSE then
    Don't care too much about what people tell you! They are not going to do the degree, but you are! Looking at your previous posts , I can see that you really like LSE! LSE is a good choice and so is Oxford!
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    (Original post by stichybabe)
    Don't care too much about what people tell you! They are not going to do the degree, but you are! Looking at your previous posts , I can see that you really like LSE! LSE is a good choice and so is Oxford!
    Yes, I do! LSE seems like a so much better choice, I honestly cannot understand what this hype over Oxford is, which is why I asked on this forum.
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    (Original post by powelsmartin)
    Yes, I do! LSE seems like a so much better choice, I honestly cannot understand what this hype over Oxford is, which is why I asked on this forum.
    Guess that we would be schoolmates in September!
    (Assuming that I can get my grades A*AA for law )
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    (Original post by powelsmartin)
    Thank you for the advice! I have done this and LSE strongly comes up on top in both cases but I have been told several times that I am making a mistake...

    I think I will go with LSE then
    Just saying LSE has better career prospects just for the fact it is in London and surrounded by banks.
    And Cambridge is a lot better than Oxford right now (and past few years) imo
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    Guessing no offers on TSR today?
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    (Original post by ETRC)
    Just saying LSE has better career prospects just for the fact it is in London and surrounded by banks.
    And Cambridge is a lot better than Oxford right now (and past few years) imo
    Maybe that is the reason but it doesn't make the prospects any worse.

    I agree that Cambridge is better, which is one of the reasons why I applied to Oxford (I thought it would be easier to get an offer). The economics course at Cambridge seems much more interesting but I also wanted a larger proportion of philosophy to break up all that maths.
    Since I didn't apply there, Cambridge is not an option and LSE definitely looks much more appealing than Oxford.
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    same i applied just after oxbridge closing date where else have u applied
 
 
 
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