(Original post by Ilovemaths96)
well you've proved that you are intelligent and/or hardworking enough to get into oxbridge so why should you not leave witha 2:1 or above.
Not many people get the opportunity to go to oxbridge and those who leave with a 2:2 or worse because they slacked, seems pretty stupid to me
One of my friends who did maths got S, S in STEP and was an absolute workaholic at uni. He still found Cambridge a struggle - got a borderline 2.1 in first 2 years, but then came out on a very high 2.2 in third year. This was despite putting in just as much effort, if not more, than many who got 1sts.
It's not just about effort. Cambridge set the bar on some of their courses very high. As a matter of comparison, this same guy with a 2.2 at Cambridge maths went to Warwick to do his masters and came top of the year with over 90%.
Also, people may think that natural ability is equalised at Cambridge because everybody has high grades, so the differences in achievement are all down to how much they work. However, it is striking just how far the bell curve of ability stretches. Every year, for example, the difference between the top and bottom first is much greater than the difference between the bottom first and a third.