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Greg is wondering whether there are many duets written for flute and viola and what that combination might sound like...
Jess has found the combination, but no duets unfortunately.

Now that we have successfully learnt each others names, shall we revert to first person?
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Gráinne doesn't understand why posters are referring to themselves in the third person. Has she missed something? :holmes:
I think it's gay
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Gráinne doesn't understand why posters are referring to themselves in the third person. Has she missed something? :holmes:
Greg enjoys talking to people in the third person and is delighted to discover someone with a name that starts with the same two letters as his, although realises Gráinne may prove difficult to type without copying and pasting...
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Gráinne doesn't understand why posters are referring to themselves in the third person. Has she missed something? :holmes:
Actually, Jess cancels her previous post and tells Gráinne to jump on the bandwagon, in the hope that all the other TSR applicants catch on. This would mean that Jess could easily identify them at interviews.
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(Original post by fluteflute)
Greg is wondering whether there are many duets written for flute and viola and what that combination might sound like...
Found it!
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Actually, Jess cancels her previous post and tells Gráinne to jump on the bandwagon, in the hope that all the other TSR applicants catch on. This would mean that Jess could easily identify them at interviews.
I think I should wear my flute choir's hoody and then everyone can know it's me

(Original post by anyone_can_fly)
Found it!
Right, time to make our fortunes playing at events... might need to expand out repertoire first though!
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I think I should wear my flute choir's hoody and then everyone can know it's me

Right, time to make our fortunes playing at events... might need to expand out repertoire first though!
I did think of us all saying what we'd be wearing. But then we'd have to go around with a list like this:
such_a_lady: Monday: Blue top, black skirt Tuesday: Jeans, green jumper Wednesday: Black dress
fluteflute: Monday: flute choir hoody Tuesday: flute choir hoody Wednesday: flute choir hoody
anyone_can_fly: Monday: black dress, green cardi Tuesday: orange jumpsuit Wednesday: straitjacket

And that could just get a bit strange. Not to mention that every time you met someone you'd have to look through the list. Which might not be the best friends-making tactic.
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(Original post by anyone_can_fly)
I did think of us all saying what we'd be wearing. But then we'd have to go around with a list like this:
such_a_lady: Monday: Blue top, black skirt Tuesday: Jeans, green jumper Wednesday: Black dress
fluteflute: Monday: flute choir hoody Tuesday: flute choir hoody Wednesday: flute choir hoody
anyone_can_fly: Monday: black dress, green cardi Tuesday: orange jumpsuit Wednesday: straitjacket

And that could just get a bit strange. Not to mention that every time you met someone you'd have to look through the list. Which might not be the best friends-making tactic.
I suppose when we know who is going to be at the same college as us at the same time we can be a bit more targeted in deciding who to look out for

I'm not really sure what we'll be doing the time in Oxford.... We're there from Sunday evening to Wednesday midday (at least), what do we do with all that time?!
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(Original post by fluteflute)
I suppose when we know who is going to be at the same college as us at the same time we can be a bit more targeted in deciding who to look out for

I'm not really sure what we'll be doing the time in Oxford.... We're there from Sunday evening to Wednesday midday (at least), what do we do with all that time?!
From what I've heard, we play Giant Jenga and eat ice-cream in between bouts of extreme stress. Perhaps a current student/fresher will come along and tell us more, though. It actually all sounds quite fun, I really hope I get that far!
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like me :ahee:
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(Original post by anyone_can_fly)
From what I've heard, we play Giant Jenga and eat ice-cream in between bouts of extreme stress. Perhaps a current student/fresher will come along and tell us more, though. It actually all sounds quite fun, I really hope I get that far!
I'd be quite disappointed if I didn't get an interview. Well I suppose I'd be quite disappointed to drop out at any stage!

Yep, some of them stalk our thread... but I'm liking the sound of that. I guess it varies between colleges. And some people/subjects will have worksheets to complete or things to read
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Greg enjoys talking to people in the third person and is delighted to discover someone with a name that starts with the same two letters as his, although realises Gráinne may prove difficult to type without copying and pasting...
Greg should see Gráinne's full name in Gaelic :eek: she may have to anglicise parts of it for university....
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Slightly random but I've just had a look at the fb group for the first time, and I seem to have mutual friends with someone! :eek:

Who has initials B.T., and I'd guess either goes to Edinburgh Academy or St. Georges?


Now that achieved new heights of stalkerishness.
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Slightly random but I've just had a look at the fb group for the first time, and I seem to have mutual friends with someone! :eek:

Who has initials B.T., and I'd guess either goes to Edinburgh Academy or St. Georges?


Now that achieved new heights of stalkerishness.
They only joined in the last few days, which may mean they didn't discover the group from this thread.
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They only joined in the last few days, which may mean they didn't discover the group from this thread.
OK, my stalkerishness has been trumped.

For an account of interviews:
http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...80222&page=340
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OK, my stalkerishness has been trumped.

For an account of interviews:
http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1280222&pag e=340
You're not in the group are you? I have matched some other people from this thread up with there though...

Wow that's a good find!
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like me :ahee:
Smooth move :cool:


(Original post by anyone_can_fly)
Now that achieved new heights of stalkerishness.
You should really start up some detective agency or something :rofl:


(Original post by fluteflute)
You're not in the group are you? I have matched some other people from this thread up with there though...

Wow that's a good find!
I can only match a few people, though i definitely know which person you are
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I know where that is Tallinn is beautiful, his accent must be cute! keep trying with the persuading though if you really like him
You've been to Tallinn!?!? :O Lucky! If all goes well (fingerscrossedfingerscrossed) I should be hopefully hopefully hopefully going over at Christmas...Marcus should be coming over in October but I haven't actually heard from him since like a single text on Sunday, so... But oh my god, tell me about Tallinn Yes, his accent is a very adorable mix of European American (note the lack of the comma) and some very British Britishisms like the tendency to say "OH my God" about fifty times a day... But I am TRYING to persuade him, by sending him the link to the UCAS page and the PPE course page, but even though he says he's looking at St Andrew's (like me hohoho) he doesn't have a PS or anything, and keeps going on about all these bloody colleges in the US which charge about a gazillion dollars a year, simply because he's in love with the liberal arts programmme... I'm sorry, but Oxford > Uni of Penn any day...


(Original post by fluteflute)
It it falls through, I'm sure some more LDRs can be arranged through this thread
Cheeeeeeky!

(Original post by nightmare91)
Is someone trying to flirt here?
I didn't actually think he was; I just thought he was being suggestive in a general manner :lol: Fair enough if he is!


(Original post by LonelySoul193)
Oh how bold! :borat:
Got to give the boy points for trying


(Original post by fluteflute)
You have to admit it would be kind of cool, because it wouldn't have to be a LDR for much more than a year!
IF WE ALL GET IN SHFGSHFGSFGAHBFAJN


Oh by the way I've just requested to join the Facebook group


(Original post by anyone_can_fly)
I know where that is! But only because I was in an Edinburgh 'Euroquiz' when I was ten. Isn't the timetable exciting?



Sorry fluteflute (and sorry again for forgetting your real name), I'm still holding out for Chiara and Sven. Or did that already happen and I missed it? There was certainly a lot of flirting going on.

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High five for knowing where Estonia is

And...there is the slight possibility that it did actually happen and you completely missed it, but that's only a slight possibility... :ninja:
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Whaaaat? Julie's not talking? What happened while I was not here?
And what about this boyfriend thing? Do you ever even consider boys from your country?
Aww, I missed our thread. But I challenged myself so... The challenge is now completed & I'm going to annoy all of you again!
How was your time in Germany?
And HOW can you already be satisfied with your PS? Mine exists in two different versions, each in the billionst draft (at least it feels that way). I can't decide! Aaargh.
When's your birthday? I basically ignored the fact that my birthday is this week... Who needs a 17th birthday?! Nothing REALLY changes, does it??
Waaaay too many questions in this post. Sorry But I'm so happy to be back again! :woo:
Okay: first of all in regards to your VM I will PM you my number Ironically I was probably in Germany at the time anyway, so... we should Skype or something.

About Julie I don't know! I wasn't on the thread for about five weeks and it was only because Jess quoted me back saying they missed me that I came back on again I think she's taking a holiday from us or something

About the boyfriend: Errr. I TRY to consider British boys but round here there's no one, absolutely no one! If they're intelligent and good-looking, they're either going to uni NOW or they're taken. And I wasn't expecting to meet him, but I will PM you tomorrow rather than irritating everyone else here Needless to say, I get so much stick from my friends and work colleagues who insist that I'm trying to gain membership to each EU country at a time or something, or that I'm working my way round Europe, and wasn't it Oli who asked if I wrote to the embassies, asking for eligible young men?

I just got my PS v 2.0 marked on here and soon it should be ready to send I am just itching to send everything off; it should be gone by the end of Sept AT LEAST...my school are so slow. Can't you rope in the PS helpers on like an emergency case with you?

Germany was just unforgettably amazingly wonderfully perfect This time last month was one of my favourite days altogether: we went to Nuremberg (the Dokumentationszentrum and then shopping) and in the evening we had a Flirtparty which was just awesome We all wore little numbered hearts and we could then look at who wore which number and write little anonymous letters Suffice to say I got something rather lovely written in Estonian

My birthday's 13 December You?
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Hello everybody,

I'm applying for History and Politics at Balliol College this year. I applied last year (same course and college, I'm glutton for punishment) and apparently did well at interview but was rejected on account of my lack of GCSEs, having lived abroad for ten years, and a pretty poor HAT score. I just thought I'd post and give some insight into the interview process and what the week I spent at Oxford was like.

Firstly, the 4 days I spent at Balliol were amazing. Everybody I met at the college was lovely and I made some really good friends, who I'll be going to visit again this year. The best thing, for me, was the intellectual curiosity of people. We had discussions on everything from socialism to Keats to religion, including a big argument in a bar with some students from St Anne's college who said that "communism is a nice idea, but will never work". That's not to say that it was a week of academic discussion amongst pretentious, aspiring intellectuals though. We also did a fair bit of drinking (those of us who were of age), and went on raids to JCRs at other colleges looking for Trivial Pursuit, stealing biscuits, and, at Christchurch, leaving left-wing messages on the paper flip-chart. From these raids, we got a bit of an idea of what the different colleges were like, so here's what I can remember (remember I was only there for a few days and spent an hour at most in each college, so don't let any of my opinions put you off):

Balliol: Amazing. A decent JCR, friendliest people and quite a liberal and left-wing attitude amongst the candidates.

Christchurch: Fanciest JCR in that they have giant TVs, a pool table and comfy leather chairs. An amazing hall (the one Harry Potter's great hall is based on in the movies, as I'm sure you all know), great looking college and good food. All this was offset, however, by the candidates we met there. There was a really snobby vibe to the place and when we went in to look for biscuits, one guy playing pool sneered at us and, in the poshest voice imaginable, actually said, "Eugh, noobies...". We met a really nice girl who was applying for English there who said that she didn't really get on with many of the other candidates, putting it down to her being a "statie" and a lot of the others being privately or publicly educated.

Hertford: Lovely college, which is like a maze inside. We had to stop a Philosophy lecturer to ask for the key code for the stairways (we told him we were interviewees there and had forgotten the code), to which he answered, "It's Pi", with a look of absolute disbelief. Their JCR smelt a bit funny but seemed well kitted out and there was a little cat wondering the hallways, which made the place seem quite homely.

Magdalen: Beautiful college. We had a surreal moment where we realised we were in the hallway they used for the first scene of David Tennant's Hamlet and people started acting bits out. Their common room was pretty good, with a pool table and a football table. We queued for about 20 minutes to get into the hall for dinner, only to realise all candidates there had to show a dinner card thing to get their meal, so we ended up leaving.

Oriel: Also known as Toriel, for how right-wing it's supposed to be. The candidates we met were nice and I liked the college, but the JCR seemed quite cramped.

Worcester: Quite a small college with a very small hall and amazing grounds. The JCR was probably my favourite. It's very comfy and they had a giant tv and a Wii as well as the typical board games. There were about 5 people there when we visited, so we couldn't sneak a free meal out of the place.

Trinity: Didn't like it. Felt stuffy.


Now, the interviews. I only interviewed at Balliol, so I can't really say how different they are at different colleges. My first interview was for History and was actually quite fun. I was asked a few questions relating to the essay I sent in but most of the questions, whilst related to the my topic, were on issues I hadn't studied directly and required me to speculate and imagine why X might have happened. This, presumably, was to let them see how I reasoned things through and stops candidates from just reciting pre-prepared arguments.

My second interview, for Politics, felt like a nightmare. The tutors were both nice enough, but I had to talk about lessons learned from the Russian Revolution (referenced in my personal statement) to an expert on Marx, which made me nervous, and then I got battered in a little debate on wikileaks and transparency with the other tutor.

Again, though, don't let any of this put you off. When I was rejected, I was convinced it was because I had messed up the Politics interview, but it turned out that I alright in the interviews. It seems to be true that if you find an interview difficult, it's because they're pushing you and it's probably not a bad sign. In terms of weird questions, there were none for me. A girl I met from St Anne's, applying for English, did get one from one of her tutors though. In her personal statement, she had said something about literature adding to reality, so when she went in for one of her interviews, the tutor brought it up and asked, "How does this table add to reality?" to which she didn't have an answer. She got a place though

Apologies if I've rambled on a bit, but, hopefully, this will give people more of an idea of what the interview week is like. If you've got any questions, just ask, and maybe, if I do ok in the HAT, I'll see some of you in December
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