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    (Original post by tilly5798)
    Well let's try and get in first, let alone thinking of things that we might not be able to do XD
    This is all theoretical aha so we might as well be positive
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    (Original post by Rjkooljay)
    Is anyone having the same feelings I'm having? I have an overwhelmingly thought looming over my head that I'm making a compromise by choosing Oxford over Cambridge.
    Please someone tell me I'm crazy to think that.
    I feel the same way, don't worry. The only reason I've suddenly turned to Oxford is because I don't think my UMS are quite 'Cambridge material'. However after doing more research I've found that Oxford is probably better for my course and is just as good as Camb.
    I think I was just blinded by Cambridge being top in the country and never thought of much else.
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    (Original post by lnstrumentality)
    I feel the same way, don't worry. The only reason I've suddenly turned to Oxford is because I don't think my UMS are quite 'Cambridge material'. However after doing more research I've found that Oxford is probably better for my course and is just as good as Camb.
    I think I was just blinded by Cambridge being top in the country and never thought of much else.
    Just look at the recent REF scores as opposed to, even more pointless, league tables; It may give you some further ammunition to justify why Oxford is better
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    (Original post by Skye25)
    You were thinking of applying to CompSci right?
    You're probably just getting affected by TSR's obsession with Cambridge, unless you have some concrete reasons to think that?
    I'm a current first year CS student, if you have any questions about the course I'll be happy to answer
    Thank you so much! I don't even know where to begin.
    My main goal is to work for a corporate tech company (software or hardware engineering depending on if I start liking Physics next year) after my undergrad degree. Would an Oxford degree enable me to work at Amazon, or Google in the United States?
    And do Oxford Comp Sci. grads get to work at any such places?
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    (Original post by Rjkooljay)
    Thank you so much! I don't even know where to begin.
    My main goal is to work for a corporate tech company (software or hardware engineering depending on if I start liking Physics next year) after my undergrad degree. Would an Oxford degree enable me to work at Amazon, or Google in the United States?
    And do Oxford Comp Sci. grads get to work at any such places?
    Yes, but so would doing Comp Sci at Cambridge, Imperial, UCL etc.

    Once you're at a top university, getting jobs in tech/investment banking/start ups is much more about you as an individual, not which particular top university you attended. If you're the kind of person who tech companies are desperate to hire, you're going to find it easy to break in regardless of whether you're at Oxford/Cambridge/Imperial/UCL/Harvard/MIT. Likewise, if you're not the kind of person who's going to easily land these jobs, going to Cambridge/MIT/Harvard isn't going to make it any easier (from the point of view of education) than Oxford.
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    (Original post by Rjkooljay)
    Thank you so much! I don't even know where to begin.
    My main goal is to work for a corporate tech company (software or hardware engineering depending on if I start liking Physics next year) after my undergrad degree. Would an Oxford degree enable me to work at Amazon, or Google in the United States?
    And do Oxford Comp Sci. grads get to work at any such places?
    Oh yes of course they do, in fact two of the other CompScis at my college have offers for internships at Google this summer, and it's only first year! And Facebook sent me a very nice email asking me to apply to their internships next summer
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    (Original post by Noble.)
    Yes, but so would doing Comp Sci at Cambridge, Imperial, UCL etc.

    Once you're at a top university, getting jobs in tech/investment banking/start ups is much more about you as an individual, not which particular top university you attended. If you're the kind of person who tech companies are desperate to hire, you're going to find it easy to break in regardless of whether you're at Oxford/Cambridge/Imperial/UCL/Harvard/MIT. Likewise, if you're not the kind of person who's going to easily land these jobs, going to Cambridge/MIT/Harvard isn't going to make it any easier (from the point of view of education) than Oxford.
    Thank you for your helpful insight. Please clarify what you meant by the kind of person there are desperate to hire.
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    (Original post by Skye25)
    Oh yes of course they do, in fact two of the other CompScis at my college have offers for internships at Google this summer, and it's only first year! And Facebook sent me a very nice email asking me to apply to their internships next summer
    Awesome, you might not believe this but your response greatly boosted my confidence in my (future) decision. Thank you
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    (Original post by Rjkooljay)
    Thank you for your helpful insight. Please clarify what you meant by the kind of person there are desperate to hire.
    I just mean that some people are obviously already well positioned to land software engineering internships/jobs at places like Google/Facebook/Quora - i.e. people who already know some programming languages, with experience of doing projects for other people or building applications/systems, who just generally spend a lot of their spare time learning about it. These people won't have much trouble breaking in.
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    (Original post by Rjkooljay)
    Awesome, you might not believe this but your response greatly boosted my confidence in my (future) decision. Thank you
    Good to hear!
    But like Noble said, you can't expect offers to automagically appear just because you go to a top uni, you have to be proactive. The Facebook email came after I participated in a hacking competition organised by them and (apparently) did very well.
    Studying at Oxford/Cambridge/Imperial/UCL/Harvard/MIT will probably get you through the first stage of the application process, but from then onwards it will be up to you and your skill/experience.
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    Is anyone else thinking of applying for a choral or organ scholarship this year?
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    (Original post by Oakflame)
    Not Law at Jesus, but hopefully PPE at Lady Margaret! *fingers crossed*
    LMH is a fab college! good choice!
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    GCSE grades: 8 A*s and 1 C
    A-Levels: A* (Biology) A (Physics) A (Maths)
    AS-Levels: A* (EPQ) B (Chemistry)
    Course: Biological Sciences
    College: I don't know yet! Interested in Oriel, St Annes and New, but genuinely have no idea.

    I will be applying having already got my A2 results - I spent a year at UCL doing physics but hated it, so am taking a year out where I will be working full time at a drug development laboratory.

    I'm worried about my lack of a second A* and also worried about my B in AS Chem, and am considering doing my A2 chem while I work. I don't know if it would really help my application though.
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    I'm losing all my motivation to revise now ahhhhh
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    (Original post by personage)
    LMH is a fab college! good choice!
    Leaning more towards Magdalen right now, but who knows? Going to the July 2nd Open Day, and I'm staying the night at Magdalen, but I will hopefully visit LMH during the day!
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    (Original post by Pumpkinpasty)
    Umm at the moment I'm thinking Keble, Brasenose or Balliol, but I'm going on an open day in July so hopefully I will make my final decision then What about you?
    Hehe sorry for the super-late answer, but anyway.... Which day are you going? I am going to the 2nd Gonna stay overnight at Magdalen, and hopefully visit Lady Margaret, and some others during the day. Do you know if Keble (or Brasenose/Balliol) offer accommodation all three years?
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    (Original post by tilly5798)
    I'm losing all my motivation to revise now ahhhhh
    Same only 2 more weeks though!
    What do you take?
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    (Original post by BritishBean)
    GCSE grades: 8 A*s and 1 C
    A-Levels: A* (Biology) A (Physics) A (Maths)
    AS-Levels: A* (EPQ) B (Chemistry)
    Course: Biological Sciences
    College: I don't know yet! Interested in Oriel, St Annes and New, but genuinely have no idea.

    I will be applying having already got my A2 results - I spent a year at UCL doing physics but hated it, so am taking a year out where I will be working full time at a drug development laboratory.

    I'm worried about my lack of a second A* and also worried about my B in AS Chem, and am considering doing my A2 chem while I work. I don't know if it would really help my application though.
    Your GCSE profile is above average for successful Biological Sciences applicants.

    I see no real problem with your Alevel/AS grades either. The B is not ideal, but you do not have to be perfect to get into Oxford. I had AABBB at AS (with the A's being on the B boundary) back in the day and still got in- there's more to the process than sheer grades. If it was all Oxford cared about then they'd just automatically give offers to those with the highest grades.

    What are your Maths UMS figures like? If you have any particularly good ones that are A* level I would make sure they are mentioned either in your personal statement or school reference.
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    (Original post by lyricalvibe)
    Same only 2 more weeks though!
    What do you take?
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    Yeah, my last exam is on 2nd June though

    Music, German, Latin and Biology, how about you?
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    As someone who got into Oxford university, can I just say that yes your GCSE's and AS levels/ A2 predictions are taken into account, but that the university is looking for someone with an excellent personal statement, but most importantly someone who interviews well and performs well in the entrance examination. Too many people seem to think that you need so many a*'s at gcse or you need to take 4 A levels and be predicted all a*'s in them. One of my friends got 3*a's, 4a's and the rest B's at gcse, she went on to achieve AAAU in her AS levels and she got in. Someone who got 12a*'s, 4A's in his AS levels got rejected. Then there's me, I got 6a's, and 4 b's at gcse, went on to get AABB at AS and i got in. I would advise anyone who is thinking of applying to just do it!!! it really is more than your grades. Too many people are put off from applying because they don't have the gcse's that many people brag about on here, or the fact that they didn't get straight a's at AS, do not worry, just do it. Seriously, it is one out of your 5 choices, what's the worst that will happen? you don't get in, wow ok not many people do. but don't let this put you off. If you really want it, go and get it!!!!
 
 
 
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