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    Course: Chemistry
    College: Oriel
    Offer: Conditional A*A
    From: Bedfordshire
    Feelings: Wasn't expecting this! Super happy and just hoping all goes well in June :P
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    (Original post by barristertobe91)
    Haha this made me laugh; this is the most peculiar and flawed reasoning I have ever read. Such a niche, ridiculous and singular example. Again, you need to be cautious when making blanket statements. I hope you're not an aspiring barrister with arguments like that. (Actually, that's a lie, I hope you are; less competition for me!!)

    Perhaps Nicholas De-Lacy having been accepted on the Apprentice has set up his own business before? His success on the TV programme would have been something interesting to bring to an interview etc? I am certain these reasons will have helped his pursuit for pupillage far more than his KCL education.

    KCL is a good university, but let's not overstate it. It is not at all the case that "only Oxbridge graduates would have an advantage." There are more than a handful of universities that I, and those more qualified than I, would name as better than KCL.
    I have just read this. Are you seriously a barrister at one of the prestigious Law Chambers? Or are you self employed, waiting for some casual work whilst you surf on TSR to pass your time? Or are you just a kid? I believe your original post was deemed too offensive for TSR mods, so they had to edit it for you. And it was bad, so bad it sounded a lot like that of a kid trying to bully another kid in the playground at primary school. You, being a middle aged man or kid, whatever, should be setting the example to other students, rather than acting the goat, and showing yourself up as a complete idiot in the process.

    KCL is a top 5 law school, and one of the finest after Oxbridge, LSE and UCL. I received an offer from Oxford, and KCL is one of my possible insurance choices.
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    Maybe it's just me but I enjoyed every second I was in Oxford during the interviews Everyone at St Anne's was so friendly and a large group of us ended up playing a surprisingly addictive card game past midnight in a fellow applicant's room. Mince pies, biscuits and tea on demand combined with table football and interesting intellectual conversations in interviews - what's not to love? I don't think boredom will really be an issue once we start either with all the societies, clubs and events always going on.

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    (Original post by Rifleboy123)
    Maybe it's just me but I enjoyed every second I was in Oxford during the interviews Everyone at St Anne's was so friendly and a large group of us ended up playing a surprisingly addictive card game past midnight in a fellow applicant's room. Mince pies, biscuits and tea on demand combined with table football and interesting intellectual conversations in interviews - what's not to love? I don't think boredom will really be an issue once we start either with all the societies, clubs and events always going on.

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    Is the Oxford experience really something special and full of classy people, or is the whole thing overrated? How does it compare to Durham and St Andrews, or UCL?
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    (Original post by Theriverboatsong)
    Is the Oxford experience really something special and full of classy people, or is the whole thing overrated? How does it compare to Durham and St Andrews, or UCL?
    If you want to come to Oxford to hang out with classy people, then yes it will be overrated.
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    (Original post by Theriverboatsong)
    Is the Oxford experience really something special and full of classy people, or is the whole thing overrated? How does it compare to Durham and St Andrews, or UCL?
    Special? For sure, yes. It's awesome to be able to hang out with some of the smartest minds in the country and be taught by the absolute best. At least from my experience (my college is very modern and more down to earth than others apparently) people aren't classy, they're just really interesting. You get people from all kinds of backgrounds but everybody's brilliant in some way. Idk about Durham or St Andrews but at the UCL open days the other applicants were quite nice but generally it didn't feel like the sort of environment I'd enjoy (tbh it was like a cramped, less special Imperial). Nothing can really compare to the 1/2 on 1 tutorials at Oxbridge or the sheer volume of things to get involved in. I may be biased however. Being a Londoner all my life I'm excited for a change of scenery. I expect Durham's collegiate system may have a similar vibe to Oxford's though I can't be sure.
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    (Original post by 4lic)
    I know this was posted ages ago but I wanted to share my opinion!

    I didn't find it so much stressful as boring. I wouldn't have minded so much if we were given something to or at least told of some fun things to do in Oxford. As it was everyone spent all their time either in their rooms or in the JCR watching Netflix. It was also frustrating that I was told to arrive at 9am and yet my first interview wasn't till 12.

    Saying that, I really enjoyed the interviews and the tutors were really friendly. Also enjoyed chatting to all the other applicants- woop woop Chemistry buddies!

    (This was at Oriel by the way)
    I found it exhausting more than anything! Bearing in mind, I only spend two days in oxford, being interviewers from 11:00am until 6pm on only one day. I went shopping between because I knew I wouldn't be called for extra interviews, which I know wasn't the case for most.

    I really enjoyed my interviews but by the time my parents came to collect me, I couldn't wait to get out of there.


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    Woohoo, UCAS updated, I literally just firmed. Do they send a confirmation email or anything?

    (Original post by Rifleboy123)
    Maybe it's just me but I enjoyed every second I was in Oxford during the interviews Everyone at St Anne's was so friendly...
    Heyyy St Annes me too. I thought they did a good job of having enough stuff available. But to be honest, I was too stressed to hang out much. I did stay for the Pub Quiz. I think we lost! I thought they had a fairly good mix of events/hang out time/just chill in your room.


    (Original post by 4lic)
    Just feel like they could have told us what was around Oxford considering that some applicants may have never visited before.
    The impression I got was that they were very afraid interviewees would wander off and get lost and then miss interviews. Overly worried, I think, since Oxford really isn't a big city, and everyone has Gmaps on their phone, but still, I think that's why they didn't encourage sightseeing.


    (Original post by simba_n)
    Omg I've been thinking this! Imagine if they came to film in ox?!
    Well, Oxford does get a fair amount of film crews, so keep your eye out for location signs, like these: https://diaryofabeinghumanfan.files....e-pics-280.jpg Then again, you might just end up on the set of Lewis :/
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    (Original post by lizzierj)
    omg yes I thought this too!!!
    (Original post by simba_n)
    Omg I've been thinking this! Imagine if they came to film in ox?!


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    Lool so happy it's not just me! I reeally hope they do Spencer is my fave as well..
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    (Original post by Rifleboy123)
    At least from my experience (my college is very modern and more down to earth than others apparently) people aren't classy, they're just really interesting. You get people from all kinds of backgrounds but everybody's brilliant in some way.
    I get you, I feel like I met so many interesting people at my interview it was really nice. That's one of the things that's most exciting about Oxford for me
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    Feeling exactly the same as you. Is that you doubting coming to Oxford in favour of another of uni or just having these worries? I feel like I may be missing out on an aspect of university life by coming to Oxford and I dont know if the work will be too much.
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    (Original post by lexyy8742)
    Feeling exactly the same as you. Is that you doubting coming to Oxford in favour of another of uni or just having these worries? I feel like I may be missing out on an aspect of university life by coming to Oxford and I dont know if the work will be too much.
    I would be surprised if everyone doesn't have this feeling at some point. I remember having that same concern when I received my offer/was about to start.

    You will undoubtedly get a very different university experience to most other universities. There are positives to that and negatives. Likewise if you went to another university you would have some positives and negatives vs going somewhere else.

    I would be more concerned/surprised if you weren't worried/a bit nervous about the thought of going to Oxford in all honesty. It's daunting when you're outside the bubble, but most people do fall in love with the whole experience once they start. The work is tough I entirely accept and recognise, but it's a valuable life lesson. If you want to do well in your career/family life/anything worthwhile it's not going to be a walk in the park.

    One of the biggest advantages of going to a top university I think is you learn to cope with that stress/balancing act at a younger age than most people do. That can be invaluable going forward, as well as giving you a good indication of whether a particular type of career path would suit you or not (e.g. hated the stress/pressure of an intense work life at Oxford suggests becoming a banker and working 80 hour weeks isn't for you, so perhaps a more relaxed job hour wise would be appropriate as a choice)
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    (Original post by jenkinsear)
    I would be surprised if everyone doesn't have this feeling at some point. I remember having that same concern when I received my offer/was about to start.

    You will undoubtedly get a very different university experience to most other universities. There are positives to that and negatives. Likewise if you went to another university you would have some positives and negatives vs going somewhere else.

    I would be more concerned/surprised if you weren't worried/a bit nervous about the thought of going to Oxford in all honesty. It's daunting when you're outside the bubble, but most people do fall in love with the whole experience once they start. The work is tough I entirely accept and recognise, but it's a valuable life lesson. If you want to do well in your career/family life/anything worthwhile it's not going to be a walk in the park.

    One of the biggest advantages of going to a top university I think is you learn to cope with that stress/balancing act at a younger age than most people do. That can be invaluable going forward, as well as giving you a good indication of whether a particular type of career path would suit you or not (e.g. hated the stress/pressure of an intense work life at Oxford suggests becoming a banker and working 80 hour weeks isn't for you, so perhaps a more relaxed job hour wise would be appropriate as a choice)

    Thanks so much for your advice. I have a few more questions if you don't mind? Do you think that the amount of work means that you can't do as much socialising etc. as other unis? Also I have an offer from Durham which is the other uni I am really interested in, just wondering if you knew much about the difference between them?
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    (Original post by lexyy8742)
    Thanks so much for your advice. I have a few more questions if you don't mind? Do you think that the amount of work means that you can't do as much socialising etc. as other unis?
    I think the work load is definitely higher than at other unis, but then the terms are so short it's literally the case that you're at University for half the year, free to do your own thing for the other half (with some degree of work obviously). So whilst in the university term I think I had less spare time than I would elsewhere, the holidays kind of made up for that because you can literally go travelling/visiting friends for months on end.

    I also think you waste far less time at Oxford on menial things that would get in the way of you doing something useful/fun. Take cooking (assuming you dislike cooking/only like to do it sometimes)- you can eat at a reasonable price every day without ever cooking for your entire degree. Someone hoovers you room and cleans your bathroom for you. Someone fixes any problems with your accommodation for you and you never have to battle with landlords (assuming your College offer accom for your entire degree) and all the tediousness that comes with it.

    All of the above makes a difference as it means you're better able to make the most of your time.

    Even despite the heavier workload, you definitely have time to enjoy yourself. I never encountered anyone who was doing nothing but work all the time, and with some solid planning you can definitely make sure you have a day or two off entirely per week if you want. I never did any work on saturday outside of exam time, and that suited me.

    (Original post by lexyy8742)
    Also I have an offer from Durham which is the other uni I am really interested in, just wondering if you knew much about the difference between them?
    They are relatively similar from all I've heard/seen. Workload at Oxford is heavier, perhaps (controversial as this is to say) Durham has more of a reputation for attracting a lot of the negative public school stereotype (don't take that as being a general slur, I entirely appreciate most people who go to public school are decent and lovely) and the Colleges are less close/interwoven into your time at Durham than they would be at Oxford.

    They are both great choices, you're not really making an error in going to either. I would still personally pick Oxford. The name value it gives you in life can't be matched (other than by Cambridge) and ultimately university is a means to an end employment wise. Naturally you want it to be a fun means to an end, but keep in mind the ultimate reason you're going.


    The above is obviously all just my opinion, others may think I'm entirely wrong. Any other questions please shout, and sorry for the somewhat rambling response.
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    Does anyone know if offer holders can request feedback? I'm curious about my TSA essay/interview scores. Sorry if this has already been asked!
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    (Original post by einot)
    Does anyone know if offer holders can request feedback? I'm curious about my TSA essay/interview scores. Sorry if this has already been asked!
    Yep, I asked for my PAT score back, just email your college
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    (Original post by jenkinsear)
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    I can confirm cooking/cleaning is a ***** to do alongside work in term :lol:
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    (Original post by Lau14)
    Yep, I asked for my PAT score back, just email your college
    okay, thanks!
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    You would have never imagined how fun killing Tab colleges could be!
    Join in: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=2226344

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    (Original post by Caitlan)
    Reading through your last two posts, I've noticed just how similar our situations are.

    Both firmed Ox, insured LSE
    Both took a liking to LSE and couldn't outright reject them
    Both had Ox as their lowest (or joint lowest) offer
    Both considered the possibility of A*AB as a situation in which the insurance would be useful (both think that A* will be in maths)
    Both need relatively low grades to meet their offer (albeit this is a more general point)


    Only differences I've picked up on are that I'm doing three subjects (couldn't cope with Geography, too boring) and probably the subjects we're applying for.
    Haha, quite the coincidence. What course + college have you got an offer for? (presumably not Geography haha)
 
 
 
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