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    Hi guys,

    So I'm in a bit of a pickle here - not faring to well with the IB due to personal reasons, and I'm currently predicted 26 - but knowing myself, I could probably pull through with 27/28 if I try just a bit harder.

    I'm currently debating between applying for either Westminster or Birkbeck - thing is, I want to go into business and I hope to end up with an MBA, but at the same time, colleges such as LSE won't really take a look at me with a predicted of 26, would they?

    My careers counselor made a point that I could still try to apply to universities that were asking for 30 for business (that is, if I do end up with 28 points), as a student with international status like me might possibly fare better. Is this true?

    I just wanted to ask for your opinions and possibly what other universities in the London area I could look at. I'm a very sociable person - thus it is imperative that I go to a university/college with a good, vibrant social scene :p: but at the same time, I gotta be realistic with my expectations!

    Cheers!
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    why don't you try hard on SAT and try USA unis? they offer unconditional offers, as long as you pass your IB diploma.

    but in uk, i heard newcastle or hull is not bad?
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    (Original post by midastouch852)
    Hi guys,

    So I'm in a bit of a pickle here - not faring to well with the IB due to personal reasons, and I'm currently predicted 26 - but knowing myself, I could probably pull through with 27/28 if I try just a bit harder.

    I'm currently debating between applying for either Westminster or Birkbeck - thing is, I want to go into business and I hope to end up with an MBA, but at the same time, colleges such as LSE won't really take a look at me with a predicted of 26, would they?

    My careers counselor made a point that I could still try to apply to universities that were asking for 30 for business (that is, if I do end up with 28 points), as a student with international status like me might possibly fare better. Is this true?

    I just wanted to ask for your opinions and possibly what other universities in the London area I could look at. I'm a very sociable person - thus it is imperative that I go to a university/college with a good, vibrant social scene :p: but at the same time, I gotta be realistic with my expectations!

    Cheers!
    Out of the two, Birkbeck as a good reputation.
    I know that their economics department trains civil servants, treasury and BoE.

    However, it is a university mainly aimed at mature students who already work. I'm not sure they would accept you for two reasons
    1) Because your grades are low
    2) Because you're coming out of school and don't fit their profile

    Finally, as everyone will be much older than you and simply there to study you won't get a uni experience at all
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    don't go to birkbeck it's a ********, i went for an interview there to have this cow of an old woman **** me off, seriously it's not worth it, go elsewhere
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    (Original post by ringthealarm)
    don't go to birkbeck it's a ********, i went for an interview there to have this cow of an old woman **** me off, seriously it's not worth it, go elsewhere
    sorry, but the fact you had a bad interview, doesn't mean it's a ********. it's nothing of the sort. sorry to hear you didn't get on there on the day, but really, if you haven't studied there, you don't have a right to judge the education... there are snobs amongst the faculty it's true.. I don't know know what your conversation was about but "****ging you off in an interview" doesn't sound like the normal thing that would happen in an interview. Are you sure you didn't mis-interpret her dialogue? Please don't guide people on subjective info such as a conversation on a private issue... just saying...
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    (Original post by midastouch852)
    Hi guys,

    So I'm in a bit of a pickle here - not faring to well with the IB due to personal reasons, and I'm currently predicted 26 - but knowing myself, I could probably pull through with 27/28 if I try just a bit harder.

    I'm currently debating between applying for either Westminster or Birkbeck - thing is, I want to go into business and I hope to end up with an MBA, but at the same time, colleges such as LSE won't really take a look at me with a predicted of 26, would they?

    My careers counselor made a point that I could still try to apply to universities that were asking for 30 for business (that is, if I do end up with 28 points), as a student with international status like me might possibly fare better. Is this true?

    I just wanted to ask for your opinions and possibly what other universities in the London area I could look at. I'm a very sociable person - thus it is imperative that I go to a university/college with a good, vibrant social scene :p: but at the same time, I gotta be realistic with my expectations!

    Cheers!
    Pick Birkbeck (or you can try SOAS too, I'm going to do Japanese and Management so I'll be in both universities). It might not be in the UK University Rankings (because of the type of University it is)...but it's in the Top 200 in the world (and ranked higher above some Russell Group universities). Also, you gain a "University of London" degree, which has a very high recognition anywhere in the world. For Business, definitely this over Westminster. Then just go to LSE for Masters (but you'll probably need a 1st)

    Westminster is a university of it's own right, but it's not on the same league. You can always hang out w/ the other students from SOAS or UCL because they're literally next to each other.

    (Original post by ringthealarm)
    don't go to birkbeck it's a ********, i went for an interview there to have this cow of an old woman **** me off, seriously it's not worth it, go elsewhere
    ...dude, I went to my interview in Birkbeck being 23 minutes late (because of Underground delays), sat for a minute and my interviewee (a PhD from Japan) told me to come back a few hours later and told me it's ok (when I was extremely panicking, and tired from running), the guy was extremely cool and kind. Then I came back 10 minutes early and the guy gave me an unconditional offer on the spot after the interview. It's meant to be a 30-minute interview and it became an hour length coz we just talked about Japanese things after discussing the course.

    Birkbeck interviews are the BEST!
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    (Original post by midastouch852)
    Hi guys,

    So I'm in a bit of a pickle here - not faring to well with the IB due to personal reasons, and I'm currently predicted 26 - but knowing myself, I could probably pull through with 27/28 if I try just a bit harder.

    I'm currently debating between applying for either Westminster or Birkbeck - thing is, I want to go into business and I hope to end up with an MBA, but at the same time, colleges such as LSE won't really take a look at me with a predicted of 26, would they?

    My careers counselor made a point that I could still try to apply to universities that were asking for 30 for business (that is, if I do end up with 28 points), as a student with international status like me might possibly fare better. Is this true?

    I just wanted to ask for your opinions and possibly what other universities in the London area I could look at. I'm a very sociable person - thus it is imperative that I go to a university/college with a good, vibrant social scene :p: but at the same time, I gotta be realistic with my expectations!

    Cheers!


    Are you sure you want to go to an university that specialises in education for those from mainly non-tradional backgrounds? Meaning, the student life can be a tad different to most university settings. If you don't mind foregoing those typical uni years to study at Birkbeck then you should apply. Purely because Birkbeck is part of UofL and the prestige of that name may open doors in the future.

    As a traditional student (right out of high school) might work against you in terms of grades that they expect. But i was told that if the program you're applying for is not very popular, they may let you in. Best thing is to meet the faculty and discuss your concerns.
 
 
 
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