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    (Original post by Larrabee)
    As for not being able to get to interviews without them. There are these things called public transport and maps. Lots of people get about every day without outside help!

    I hardly think it's about not physically being able to get there. Interviews are stressful enough experiences without having to panic yourself over driving/catching trains/buses/e.t.c, especially if you've never even been to the place before.
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    (Original post by OreoLover)
    I hardly think it's about not physically being able to get there. Interviews are stressful enough experiences without having to panic yourself over driving/catching trains/buses/e.t.c, especially if you've never even been to the place before.
    If possible, trial runs are a great idea, as is leaving plenty of extra time in case of delays.

    Trust me, plenty of people have managed it!
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    (Original post by CoffeeStinks)
    I have an interview with Queen Mary next week and was wondering whether I should go with my mum or not....
    She can come with you, but judging by how your mom behaves, its not a good idea because she wont console you too much if she will show emotions like that...

    You cant have anyone in the interview room with you. Its like going to the exams with a text book that you wont use.
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    I went on my own to an interview and I was literally the only person there without a parent with me. After this I had another interview and so I let my mum come with me that time and I was one of the only people there with a parent.
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    (Original post by Larrabee)
    If possible, trial runs are a great idea, as is leaving plenty of extra time in case of delays.

    Trust me, plenty of people have managed it!
    We don't all have the money to waste it on fruitless trips to places that might be on the other side of the country.

    Plus, you could live in the middle of nowhere or your university might be in the middle of nowhere, with without a transport link between the two that won't take you many, many hours to traverse.
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    (Original post by TheSownRose)
    We don't all have the money to waste it on fruitless trips to places that might be on the other side of the country.

    Plus, you could live in the middle of nowhere or your university might be in the middle of nowhere, with without a transport link between the two that won't take you many, many hours to traverse.

    OR leaving plenty of time.

    Getting a lift from someone might be the best or only way to get to a uni interview sometimes, that's true, fair enough.

    But you know, you'll have to cope on your own sooner or later...
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    (Original post by Larrabee)
    OR leaving plenty of time.

    Getting a lift from someone might be the best or only way to get to a uni interview sometimes, that's true, fair enough.

    But you know, you'll have to cope on your own sooner or later...
    I visited a uni that is a two hour car drive or a ten hour train journey (and that's if you could do it back to back; factor in waiting and it becomes more like twelve hours) - a rather unreasonable time for somewhere that you might have a brief look at and decide you never want to see it again.
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    (Original post by TheSownRose)
    I visited a uni that is a two hour car drive or a ten hour train journey (and that's if you could do it back to back; factor in waiting and it becomes more like twelve hours) - a rather unreasonable time for somewhere that you might have a brief look at and decide you never want to see it again.
    Have you considered learning to drive?
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    (Original post by Larrabee)
    Have you considered learning to drive?
    Medically unable to.
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    (Original post by TheSownRose)
    Medically unable to.
    That's unlucky, but unfortunately it means you'll have to get used to using public transport, as an adult you can't always rely on someone being there to drive you around.

    Are you aware that lots of councils/travel companies give discounts or free passes to people in your position?
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    (Original post by Larrabee)
    That's unlucky, but unfortunately it means you'll have to get used to using public transport, as an adult you can't always rely on someone being there to drive you around.

    Are you aware that lots of councils/travel companies give discounts or free passes to people in your position?
    Using public transport's fine, been doing it for years. Difference is, you usually only have need to travel in your area which is an hour or two at most - not ideal for somewhere it would take twenty minutes to drive to, but not awful. Ten to twelve hours to get somewhere that you have a willing person to drive you to in two hours is a rather ridiculous journey to undertake just to prove that you can do it.

    I didn't know that, but thanks for the heads up.
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    I've got an interview on Tuesday at Cambridge & an Introductory Day at UCL on Friday.
    My Mum's taking me to Cambridge & both my parents want to come on Friday to UCL.. they're interested to see what the unis are like & obviously want to be there to support me.
    I don't feel like I NEED them there but if they want to come, why not? I highly doubt any uni will make its decision on whether or not to offer me a place based on who comes with me to the interview/visit day!

    TAKE HER!
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    I went with both my daughters to their Oxford interviews in 2007 and 2009. The deal was that I kept right out of the way and did stuff I wanted and needed to do but that they could ring if they wanted to meet up for a cup of tea or whatever, it was entirely up to them. They both chose to ring after each interview and said later that it was good to have me around because the atmosphere in colleges can get really oppressive, with other candidates stressing and asking questions about what the interview was like etc. etc. They also had time with other applicants and ate their meals in college. Anyone in Oxford at interview time will notice plenty of parents! I'm going again with the third daughter and will do exactly the same, makes travel easier for her and whether she sees me during the process is a matter for her.
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    (Original post by Larrabee)
    If possible, trial runs are a great idea, as is leaving plenty of extra time in case of delays.

    Trust me, plenty of people have managed it!
    I totally agree that trial runs are a great idea, but for some people they're just not practical as they can be really expensive

    I don't doubt that it can be done. In fact, it's pretty obvious that people can manage it. I just think if you can get someone to take you it takes a bit of a weight off your mind. One less thing to worry about so to speak.
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    (Original post by AskMeAnything)
    Of course she can't bloody come in with you. Do you have absolutely no common sense?
    you must be a delightful person in real life.
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    Take her to interview.. everyone goes with their parents.... but she doesnt come into the interview itself with you... thats you and the interviewer only
 
 
 
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