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    I went to the open day yesterday, anyone else go? I looked at Corpus & King's (just for fun, knew I didn't want to apply there) and looked seriously at Newnham, Pembroke and Emma. Didn't like Emma very much, so as I'd already suspected it was between Newnham and Pembroke. My dilemma is that on paper, Newnham is by far the better choice: right next to the English faculty, fairly good rep for English, no guys to make it smell :p: (although in some ways I'd prefer mixed), tutors with some specialisations that interest me, lovely looking college with a nice atmosphere, less elitist maybe e.g. the random room ballot, fascinating history, good accommodation&library etcetc.

    But when I walked into Pembroke I was just stunned because it was so awestrikingly beautiful and the atmosphere was so great. I looked at the place and seriously, lame as it sounds, nearly started crying cos it was just so gorgeous :eek: (actually it may've been partly cos I was about to drop dead from heat and tiredness ...) and I'm not normally a sentimentalist over architecture and the like In every practical sense, Newnham makes more sense - but Pembroke was where I got the kind of gut feeling. I just can't choose. Anyone got any advice? :confused:

    Also, does anyone know where I can find college statistics re successful applications for English? Normally I wouldn't bother, but atm I just want to know everything to help me decide am seriously considering just not applying to spare myself the hassle - except the course is so good...
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    I loved Pembroke yesterday too!
    It's about 6 applicants per place.
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    Oh right, do you want to apply there now? I just thought it was so gorgeous omg really, *six*?! :eek: that's horrible What did you think of the other colleges? Were you at the first English talk in Sidgewick?
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    (Original post by *Bethany*)
    Oh right, do you want to apply there now? I just thought it was so gorgeous omg really, *six*?! :eek: that's horrible What did you think of the other colleges? Were you at the first English talk in Sidgewick?
    It's not that steep for Cambridge, Clare is about 10 apps per place :eek:
    But... Pembroke is the top college for English results wise, or at least it was recently! I also liked Christ's and Magdalene.

    If you mean the English talk where loads of ppl were stood at the sides and sat on windowsills then yes!
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    Anyone knows the competition for Natsci at Pembroke?
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    Really? I thought it was only 4-5 per place overall throughout the university. I guess some colleges must have less then, to even it out - although even at less popular colleges there were tons - I peeked at the list of how many people they'd had in so far for each subject at Newnham, and there were almost 10 for English and then just 1 or 2 for a few other subjects :eek: is it just me, or is it growing ever more popular? What confuses me is whether it's because there are just more people who are skilled at English than are at many other subjects, or whether some people see English as a doss and an easy course to get on to, or think they're better than they are :confused:

    Yep, it was horrible in there - sooooooo many people you couldn't breathe or move I was standing behind a crowd of people near a door, in shoes that were causing me acute pain. Most of the questions seemed to be about the foreign languages thing
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    Yep, it was horrible in there - sooooooo many people you couldn't breathe or move I was standing behind a crowd of people near a door, in shoes that were causing me acute pain. Most of the questions seemed to be about the foreign languages thing[/QUOTE]

    I know! I was thinking that too! I think that lots of people don't even know what they want to study at the moment, and English is a popular A Level, so... Anyways that's my theory!

    Lots of people seem too focused on creative writing, whereas I think the Cam course is more analytical, which is why I like it.
    Pembroke was nice 'cos it described its open day as 'open-house' which was very welcoming, and it's buildings are a pleasant mixture of sandstone and red brick, and its lawns are pristine, its relaxed, spacious...
    Ahem.
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    I say go for Pembroke if that's where you got your gut feeling, if for no other reason than if you're pooled by Newnham, it's highly unlikley you'll eng up at Pembroke, but if you are pooled by Pembroke, then it's not unlikely you'll end up at Newnham anyway.

    Just go with your gut feeling
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    There's one girl got first in the first year for english in Pembroke. I'm not exactly sure how impressive Pembroke is for English. But it's a damn good place.

    I was in Pembroke yesterday for about an hour. Just to grab some lunch before I went to help out in the deparment. The food is ok. More edible than most colleges, but, painfully overpriced. A meal would cost you on average 3 pounds. The porters are nice, apart from one grumpy one.

    The place to applicant ratio. I say just ignore it. If it makes you feel any better, you might get pooled to Newnham. (Someone said Newnham's CO is a control freak)
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    (Original post by Camford)
    (Someone said Newnham's CO is a control freak)
    CO?
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    I say go with your gut feeling It doesn't really matter if the staff at Pembroke don't teach what you're interested in because your Director of Studies can always arrange for you to have supervisions at Newnham, especially as Pembroke is such a small college. Equally, it doesn't really matter what the college's reputation is for English because you'll still get a Cambridge degree whichever college you end up at. I wouldn't pay too much attention to the statistics either; they change every year and the pool system evens it out anyway.

    I totally fell in love with Sidney Sussex yesterday If I apply to Cambridge, it will definitely be that college.
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    Absolutely go with your gut feeling. Don't be too cerebral about the process - if Pembroke caught you, go for it!

    *refrains from eulogising about Newnham*
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    My advice would be to not decide for a while yet, because you don't need to. Just let them sit in your mind a bit, and when it comes to filling in that little box on the UCAS form just see which one your pen puts in.
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    (Original post by epitome)
    *refrains from eulogising about Newnham*
    :dito:
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    hehe! Feel free to eulogise about Newnham - I wonder if the only reason I didn't get the inspired feeling there was because the guide didn't seem very enthusiastic about the place. I know you're supposed to go with your gut feeling, but the problem is that Newnham is by far the best for me in almost every single way (apart from in some ways I'd rather apply to a mixed college). The sole thing that swung me to Pembroke was the sheer beauty of it, lol
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    (Original post by *Bethany*)
    hehe! Feel free to eulogise about Newnham - I wonder if the only reason I didn't get the inspired feeling there was because the guide didn't seem very enthusiastic about the place. I know you're supposed to go with your gut feeling, but the problem is that Newnham is by far the best for me in almost every single way (apart from in some ways I'd rather apply to a mixed college). The sole thing that swung me to Pembroke was the sheer beauty of it, lol
    Why would you (in some ways) rather apply to a mixed college?
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    (Original post by soonalvin)
    Why would you (in some ways) rather apply to a mixed college?
    Because I went to an all girls' school (now at a mixed college though) and although I do have a tendency to get on better with most girls than most guys, the atmosphere grinded on me by the 5th year (loved it for the first 4 though). Basically, I know you mix with other colleges for lectures and stuff, but it did occur to me looking at the gender balance in York and Cambridge's mini lectures/English talks that there are waaay more girls than guys doing my subject too
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    (Original post by *Bethany*)
    Because I went to an all girls' school (now at a mixed college though) and although I do have a tendency to get on better with most girls than most guys, the atmosphere grinded on me by the 5th year (loved it for the first 4 though). Basically, I know you mix with other colleges for lectures and stuff, but it did occur to me looking at the gender balance in York and Cambridge's mini lectures/English talks that there are waaay more girls than guys doing my subject too
    I suppose its worse in some ways if you take a good look around all the colleges before applying. I happened to get allocated to newnham on an access day and that was it. Hehe I didn't even know half the colleges existed until I got here.

    You have to remember that pretty is great, but facilities, rent prices (for some of us ) etc are usually more influential on your day to day life. When I arrived at newnham I got a Strachey 60's room, and I longed for a lovely old cambridgy room with a fireplace etc. Over the summer I've been moved out of my room (gets used for conferences because it has a sink) into one of the old pretty rooms I wanted so badly, and now all I want to do is move back! (i miss my sink *sniff*) Old buildings are great, but for example at Queens', if you live in Dockett building (pardon my spelling Queens' ppl) on the top floor, the nearest toilets/showers are in the basement! First years may not like living in the ugly cripps court, but at least the showers there are warm and close by!

    I know pembroke has shiny new accomodation - you can see it from tennis court road, and everyone i've met from there loves it, so in a way you get the best of both worlds, pretty and old and new with mod cons, although I dont know much about rent prices and stuff.

    EDIT: people who come to newnham from girls schools say that the atmosphere is very different. It's not *****y in the slightest, maybe even less so than mixed colleges where you might be subconsciously competing for the guys in your college with the other girls (not really a problem at newnham...)
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    The shiny new accomodation cost loads though .
 
 
 
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