The Official Cambridge Offer Holders Thread 2016 Entry MK II

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    (Original post by Platopus)
    You are an adult now and no one can force you to do anything that you don't want to.
    No, I am not. I am 16.

    (Original post by Platopus)
    I feel for you, really I do. If I were you, I'd just go on in there, get my results and leave. You are an adult now and no one can force you to do anything that you don't want to. I'd imagine you probably don't want all the extra attention, whether your results are good or bad. Making you do an interview is really intrusive.

    Having said that, I doubt they will still want you to do an interview if your grades aren't what you'd like because that would be very unpleasant for you. Given the school gets your results a day before we do, they won't call you in for an interview if your results aren't what you'd hoped.

    I recommend that you contact your school yourself now and tell them that you won't be doing the interview.
    The thing is that it would be nice to be interviewed/taken a photo as long as I have met my offer. I promised my school before exams that I would do that anyway. My school is not some big posh school that gets at least one Oxbridge person in every year; they have never gotten an Oxbridge applicant before, and it would definitely help them if I did that. My school has been quite libertarian with my self-studying, and given me the freedom to do what I want to do so I can get my grades. I am very grateful of that, and the least I could do is just take some 10 minute (not idea how long they are) interview and a photo.
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    (Original post by Insight314)
    The thing is that it would be nice to be interviewed/taken a photo as long as I have met my offer. I promised my school before exams that I would do that anyway. My school is not some big posh school that gets at least one Oxbridge person in every year; they have never gotten an Oxbridge applicant before, and it would definitely help them if I did that. My school has been quite libertarian with my self-studying, and given me the freedom to do what I want to do so I can get my grades. I am very grateful of that, and the least I could do is just take some 10 minute (not idea how long they are) interview and a photo.
    Exactly. And you can even remind your school in advance that you would prefer not to be interviewed if you miss your offer on the day (which you won't). Again, I'm sure they will be very understanding and supportive.
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Or midnight before - STEP will tell you all much of what you need to know. Hit STEP and everyone is in.

    They called your mum because she is your mum AND is your school's primary point of contact for you (especially given your age). Of course she's excited... but also she is likely to be assuming your school knows the results when, in fact, they don't.

    Have a talk with her to explain the situation. I am SURE she will respect and support whatever you want to do. Equally it might be nice to bring her along, especially if it's a long commute each way.



    It would breach the embargo because the clear implication would be you missed the offer. The main purpose is the number of exams you have taken in one go, as well as the place at Cambridge, as well as it being taken early. PR can spin your achievements for your school even if you narrowly miss Cambridge (which you won't).
    I see, thank you so much! I am gonna make sure she knows that this call didn't mean I had met my offer.
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Exactly. And you can even remind your school in advance that you would prefer not to be interviewed if you miss your offer on the day (which you won't). Again, I'm sure they will be very understanding and supportive.
    All right, gonna do that.

    Result's day is starting to feel way too real now.
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Actually he's not. He's still under 18... but as I said I'm sure his mum will support whatever Insight wants to do.
    (Original post by Insight314)
    No, I am not. I am 16.



    The thing is that it would be nice to be interviewed/taken a photo as long as I have met my offer. I promised my school before exams that I would do that anyway. My school is not some big posh school that gets at least one Oxbridge person in every year; they have never gotten an Oxbridge applicant before, and it would definitely help them if I did that. My school has been quite libertarian with my self-studying, and given me the freedom to do what I want to do so I can get my grades. I am very grateful of that, and the least I could do is just take some 10 minute (not idea how long they are) interview and a photo.
    Oops. Well, you'd be an adult in Scotland anyhow

    Regardless, what you want is important.

    My apologies, I misunderstood the interview situation. I thought you didn't want to do it either way. Maybe you could call up and ask to cancel the interview, with a view to rescheduling it for Friday if you achieve your offer.
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    jneill, Platopus, physicsmaths,

    I partially misunderstood my mum when she told me about the call since I was half-asleep. It seems like the Principal of my school called my mum to ask her if I could get a photo taken tomorrow or on Wednesday with my school uniform. He had to get permission from my mum for the photo and to get my phone number since I am still a kid. I will later today be contacted by him to choose between Tuesday or Wednesday to take the photo, and I will only be interviewed on results day after I get my results. My mum doesn't even need to come to school with me on results day and she will be interviewed by phone. I am way less worried now.

    As for choosing when to take the photo, I am thinking of taking it on Wednesday since then I could see his facial expression/reaction of whether I got the grades or not.
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    (Original post by Insight314)
    jneill, Platopus, physicsmaths,

    I partially misunderstood my mum when she told me about the call since I was half-asleep. It seems like the Principal of my school called my mum to ask her if I could get a photo taken tomorrow or on Wednesday with my school uniform. He had to get permission from my mum for the photo and to get my phone number since I am still a kid. I will later today be contacted by him to choose between Tuesday or Wednesday to take the photo, and I will only be interviewed on results day after I get my results. My mum doesn't even need to come to school with me on results day and she will be interviewed by phone. I am way less worried now.

    As for choosing when to take the photo, I am thinking of taking it on Wednesday since then I could see his facial expression/reaction of whether I got the grades or not.
    That sounds good glad to hear it's all ok and good luck!
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    (Original post by Serine Soul)
    Politics brings out the worst in people.

    I still feel bad about some of the things I said after the Brexit vote. I turned against my own people
    What things did you say?
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    (Original post by Platopus)
    Oops. Well, you'd be an adult in Scotland anyhow
    Are you Schottisch? :mob:
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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    Are you Schottisch? :mob:
    Nope
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    Have mercy!
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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    Are you Schottisch? :mob:
    Deutschland version profile pic!
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    best part about being a mathmo is that your PS takes 20 minutes to write and nobody even bothers reading it
    Lol wish I'd known this before. I spent as much time on the PS as I did on my American essays
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    (Original post by krishdesai7)
    Lol wish I'd known this before. I spent as much time on the PS as I did on my American essays
    Oh nice.
    Will you take places in America or UK?


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    (Original post by Insight314)
    Deutschland version profile pic!
    Yup

    (Original post by Platopus)
    Nope
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    Have mercy!
    Its okay
    don't tell anyone, but I have some Scottish in me too
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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    Yup



    Its okay
    don't tell anyone, but I have some Scottish in me too
    Lol I actually genuinely don't have any Scottish in me! I am 1/4 Irish though
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    (Original post by Platopus)
    Lol I actually genuinely don't have any Scottish in me! I am 1/4 Irish though
    Aren't Irish basically the same as the Scottish, just a little more drunk?
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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    Aren't Irish basically the same as the Scottish, just a little more drunk?
    And minus the kilts
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    Just saying good luck to all you offer holders! The wait is nearly over and hopefully I'll be in the same position as you lot this time in 2 years


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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    Perhaps they were hoping they would be able help him eventually be able to take exams, or maybe put him in another room or something?
    Worked for my son (complex autism), he spent his year 6 SATS under the desk which then meant that he was written off in high school and put in all foundation level GCSEs (despite tutoring his elder brother in GCSE maths when he was still at primary school - he was a maths savant)

    He left that school and went to a college who understood what he was about, saw that he was intelligent and encouraged him to take some of his GCSEs again but this time with support....he got A* A across the board.

    He is now a triple A* student at A level.

    He is not a prospective Cambridge student though (so I probably should not even be on this thread!) as his degree choice is not offered there.

    To make the above all the more special, he didn't go full time at school until he was 11 (he couldn't cope with it) and because he has other disabilities, even when he did go full time, his attendance record was pretty low. Initially, we were informed he would never go to a main stream high school and would not be able to do GCSEs let alone A levels.
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    (Original post by Crazysue1)
    Worked for my son (complex autism), he spent his year 6 SATS under the desk which then meant that he was written off in high school and put in all foundation level GCSEs (despite tutoring his elder brother in GCSE maths when he was still at primary school - he was a maths savant)

    He left that school and went to a college who understood what he was about, saw that he was intelligent and encouraged him to take some of his GCSEs again but this time with support....he got A* A across the board.

    He is now a triple A* student at A level.

    He is not a prospective Cambridge student though (so I probably should not even be on this thread!) as his degree choice is not offered there.

    To make the above all the more special, he didn't go full time at school until he was 11 (he couldn't cope with it) and because he has other disabilities, even when he did go full time, his attendance record was pretty low. Initially, we were informed he would never go to a main stream high school and would not be able to do GCSEs let alone A levels.
    If you don't mind me asking, what course is he applying for?


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