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    (Original post by PowerLewis)
    Reflection day? That sounds very intense for a group of 18 year olds :p:

    Mind you, I've no doubt it will do somewhat better than the Australian attempt at dress like a disabled person day...
    Don't lair the australians they rock! I love it here!! And apparently my english accent is sexy, i thought you of all people would appreciate that lol
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    (Original post by Auraya)
    but some of the questions I was totally unprepared to answer because I wasn't expecting to be asked about them , so it seems we had the opposite experience.

    I was getting ready to prepare a gap year
    i know the questions werent what i was expecting

    i think i'm gonna start preapring for a gap year, i've got loads of work experience contacts that i can go bk to during the year just need to fit it all in somehow!!! the thought of reapplying and writing my personal statement is very daunting tho hehe
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    Grr i'm not appreciating how slow liverpool are being this year! last year i was interviwed 4th March and rejected by now, this years interviewed 13th Jan and still nothing!
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    is Liverpool your first choice do you have other offers?
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    (Original post by haddie...)
    Grr i'm not appreciating how slow liverpool are being this year! last year i was interviwed 4th March and rejected by now, this years interviewed 13th Jan and still nothing!

    I keep checking my emails every 10 mins!! Do they have to tell us by today or tomorrow???
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    I want them to reject me so I can firm Glasgow, and tell CA I can go to America a month earlier!!!!!
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    (Original post by x_dwin_ffeimys_x)
    totally deserved!!!!! now work ur arss off to get that C in chem!!!!! haha
    and Kookaburraa nice woonn!!!
    Thank you Dont worry, I plan to be a hermit like steph til the end of June!
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    (Original post by Lostwithoutyou)
    Thank you Dont worry, I plan to be a hermit like steph til the end of June!
    acctually I wanted to ask you...you doing the new spec chem in one year? because I'm not allowed to re-sit mine in june (old spec)
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    Yea I did OCR salters last year, failed and then wasnt allowed back to school. Now Im at college doing OCR A AS and A2 in a year.
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    :eek: well done on all the offers!!!! i missed all the fun of offers coz i was a little bit drunk for my friends birthday :p:
    fingers crosssed for everyone waiting to hear still!!!
    and samz, you should go to liverpoool coz its lush do you really wanna pay so much money to live in london?
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    (Original post by hollykb)
    Someone posted a link a while back to a site for working abroad? You had to pay a bit to get contact details of host people?? Can you post it again, I can't find it!!
    hm i think you mean me... i'll post my link anyway :p:
    http://www.workaway.info/
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    (Original post by samz56)
    Definitely go for gap year number 2!! This time last year I was so upset and the thought of going through it all again is a scary thing, but a year on I know I made the right decision - so yep go for it!!



    Just wondering what was it that made you go for Liv over RVC?? (Although I know you loved Liv the most anyway :o: ) I really am struggling here so any help would be good!! :p:

    There's just something about Liverpool, I can't explain it. The grades are lower (which obviously doesn't affect you), the city is (in my opinion) nicer, it's much cheaper to live and there's just such a friendly feel about the place. I've lived in South England all my life and I fancy a change. I do love it here but, in general, people are a lot more easy going up north (in spite of the awful accent :p:) and that's what I like. London is fantastic for a day out, I go there about once a month, but I don't think I could live there, it's too angry, haha. I love the facilities and the prestige of RVC, but Liverpool has a really good reputation and great facilities too.

    And this is going to sound ridiculous, but I really don't think I could live with mostly girls at RVC. I get on much better with guys than girls and being out at the Hawkshead Campus with 80% girls would actually really annoy me. I know all of these things are really petty, but oh well. I just genuinely think I'd have a better time at Liverpool. I can't explain it. When I went to the open day, I just had a massive grin on my face the whole day it was so much fun. Everyone was talking to everyone and everyone just seemed a lot happier. I was really blown away by RVC's facilities, but I didn't get the friendly feel. Even a lot of the applicants I met were really grumpy, NO ONE talked at all in my group on the tour (Will was in my group, he'll remember) and the girl giving the talk wasn't very charismatic. I also like the fact that Liverpool ask for so much work experience and I think their interview process is really interesting. I just think they're a bit quirky and I like that.

    So, basically, I don't really have any decent reasons, they are all petty, but I just have a feeling about Liverpool :love:

    Just go with your instinct :yep:
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    (Original post by steph_v)
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    Ah thankyou for that, it's good that you can be so sure that's where you want to go! I don't know if I'm just making this a whole lot more difficult than it really needs to be to be honest I think one of the big problems I have is that I have never really seen the facilities out at Leahurst so really can't compare, I've been into the city and the pre-clinical campus many times but never really been able to compare it to the RVC if that makes sense :o:

    Now I'm just in a complete muddle
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    (Original post by haddie...)
    Don't lair the australians they rock! I love it here!! And apparently my english accent is sexy, i thought you of all people would appreciate that lol
    Now why would I, in particular, appreciate this?

    Granted, I am hoping that when I head Stateside that my English accent will work in my favour. It did last time I was there, but 7 year old boys don't tend to get much action, irrespective of their accent...
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    (Original post by Laura_Vet101)
    heyyy WELL DONE ON THE OFFERS GUYS!! you must all be so so so pleased.

    i am also SO SO jealous of you lot with dilemas over where to go. its hitting me now i dont have a place i cant cope with the waiting anymore! it seems like so many liverpool offers have gone out there cant be many left?!
    Me too!!! i totally sympathise with you!!
    no offers and waiting on liverpool keeping my fingers crossed for the coming days!!
    x
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    (Original post by samz56)
    Ah thankyou for that, it's good that you can be so sure that's where you want to go! I don't know if I'm just making this a whole lot more difficult than it really needs to be to be honest I think one of the big problems I have is that I have never really seen the facilities out at Leahurst so really can't compare, I've been into the city and the pre-clinical campus many times but never really been able to compare it to the RVC if that makes sense :o:

    Now I'm just in a complete muddle

    I take it there's no chance you can go up and have a look for yourself? But I can tell you it's lovely :rolleyes:

    Are you leaning towards either one? Even in the teeniest way.
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    (Original post by hollykb)
    What's the problems with Bristol?? And massive well done by the way! I keep telling people about you, 'yeh i didn't get in but never mind, someone on the forum didn't get in last year and got 4 offers this year so not to worry'
    well that has been a few rumours of bristol and money problems, lack of facilities, i also think they lost quite a lot of staff to nottingham and things, but everyone keeps saying its just minor things, bristol is prob the vet school that hasnt spent so much money in recent years so it needs a bit of updating and things.. but its "swings and roundabouts" as they take it in turns to sepnd money and improve and improve..


    and thanks
    everyone keeps saying to me.. but u didnt get ANY offers last year? they all think its really strange!! Gap years can certainly change yr application around, im proof of that and i really hope i give some people like you a bit more hope, its SOOO much easier 2nd time round, unconditionals are the shizz... the deciding isnt quite such fun

    ive got a few Q's if anyone knows the answers that wud be great

    1. At bristol do u HAVE to go where they say for lambing or do some people get to choose??

    2. i looked into term dates and edinburgh looks to start 2 weeks before bristol? is that right? im guessing at bristol u get shorter holidays or something??

    3. exams are also at different times i think, edinburgh do them before xmas whereas bristol the xmas hols is for revising and the exams are in jan???

    3. EMS at bristol... do they have a big database to help u? are these places in the SW?

    4. What are EMS requirements? what is the 12 weeks made up of? is it teh same for every vet school?

    sam.. why dont u go and see leahurst?? that was my plan if i had to choose between glas and liv.. because its IMPOSSIBLE to make a choice without being able to compare... im sure they wudnt mind, uve got a month to do it, and it would make it all clearer in your mind, ive seen all of bristol and all of edinurgh (preclinical and clinical) and I STILL DONT HAVE A CLUE
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    (Original post by Rachhyyyy)
    well that has been a few rumours of bristol and money problems, lack of facilities, i also think they lost quite a lot of staff to nottingham and things, but everyone keeps saying its just minor things, bristol is prob the vet school that hasnt spent so much money in recent years so it needs a bit of updating and things.. but its "swings and roundabouts" as they take it in turns to sepnd money and improve and improve..


    and thanks
    everyone keeps saying to me.. but u didnt get ANY offers last year? they all think its really strange!! Gap years can certainly change yr application around, im proof of that and i really hope i give some people like you a bit more hope, its SOOO much easier 2nd time round, unconditionals are the shizz... the deciding isnt quite such fun

    ive got a few Q's if anyone knows the answers that wud be great

    1. At bristol do u HAVE to go where they say for lambing or do some people get to choose??

    2. i looked into term dates and edinburgh looks to start 2 weeks before bristol? is that right? im guessing at bristol u get shorter holidays or something??

    3. exams are also at different times i think, edinburgh do them before xmas whereas bristol the xmas hols is for revising and the exams are in jan???

    3. EMS at bristol... do they have a big database to help u? are these places in the SW?

    4. What are EMS requirements? what is the 12 weeks made up of? is it teh same for every vet school?

    sam.. why dont u go and see leahurst?? that was my plan if i had to choose between glas and liv.. because its IMPOSSIBLE to make a choice without being able to compare... im sure they wudnt mind, uve got a month to do it, and it would make it all clearer in your mind, ive seen all of bristol and all of edinurgh (preclinical and clinical) and I STILL DONT HAVE A CLUE
    I was told by a 3rd year that Nottingham 'stole' some of our lecturers cos they offered them more money for the jobs. He seemed a bit annoyed by this - that a school that's newer with more money currently can just take other vet school's lecturers. I don't really know the details of this so I can't really comment.
    Although, that doesn't mean we haven't got good lecturers still!

    In response to your qus:
    1. You do HAVE to go to the lambing farm the school chooses for you. I think it's cos they need somewhere that's willing to house you for 3 weeks and has their busiest lambing period during the Easter hols. Also, it's something to do with the uni having as many contacts as possible. They usually try to place you in pairs if you're female (for safety if you end up doing night shifts, although towards the end I was doing night shifts on my own!), and close to either Bristol or your home.

    2. Our freshers week was the week going from Sept to Oct, then we actually started work the 1st full week of October. Our terms are 10 weeks long, with 4 weeks off for xmas and Easter, and ages for Summer (we get exam results mid-June, then we're off till late September/Early October again). (And we do have Jan exams unfortunately, so we have to revise over xmas hols).

    3. Very long lists of contacts for different placements are put up on notice boards. The placements are spread out all over the country, and the variety is wide, e.g. for horses there are riding, racing stable, college stables, etc.

    4. In the 1st 2 years you have to get 12 weeks pre-clinical EMS whatever uni you're at, although to appears to me that the requirements are different for each uni. We have:
    - 3 weeks lambing arranged for us
    - 2 weeks each of dairy, pigs, horses and vet practice (acting as a vet nurse), although one of these has to be another long placement, i.e. 3 weeks instead of 2 weeks (except the vet practice placement).
    We then have to fill in long (compared to most other vet schools, def longer than RVC and liverpool as I saw theirs at 2 of my placments) EMS reports about economics, management, welfare, etc.

    Hope that helps.
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    (Original post by steph_v)
    I can't explain it. When I went to the open day, I just had a massive grin on my face the whole day it was so much fun. Everyone was talking to everyone and everyone just seemed a lot happier. I was really blown away by RVC's facilities, but I didn't get the friendly feel. Even a lot of the applicants I met were really grumpy, NO ONE talked at all in my group on the tour (Will was in my group, he'll remember) and the girl giving the talk wasn't very charismatic.
    Hmm when i went to liverpool everyone was very quiet especially when i went around leahurst ,which was very rushed and dis-organised, and all the students looked pretty fed up lol. So it goes in swings i suppose.


    (Original post by samz56)
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    Well to rebut steph.
    When i visted hawkshead and went to the camden campus i had a similar experience to steph i loved them both to peices! At RVC i felt the staff were just as friendly as liverpool but i think the difference in size takes away the community feel a bit. However i think the lack of community compared to the other vet schools allows you a lot more independance to meet and mix with more people you want to spend time with whereas as the others you will be pretty much be spending your time with the same hundred people for 5 years. The other thing about RVC is it's part of the university of london which has the university of london union so like the other vet schools you will be mixing with non vetty people also even if the majority of your friends are vets just like the other vets schools but the RVC is 100% vet focused unlike the rest. As for RVC students not being friendly steph didn't meet the girls who showed me and claire around clearly and loads of the students came up to me out of the blue and asked if i need any help or had any questions:yes: The lack of boys things i can understand however it is not like there will be no boys at all, i am going! Oh and hawkshead has the most amazing facilities ever if you haven't been :woo: a lot better then leahurst in my opinion. People from up north are more friendly then down south agreed however as a student you tend to just to mix with other students on the whole who come from all over the place. As for living in London you know yourself whether you would want to live in a big busy city, it is like marmite, you will either love it or hate it but if you love it there is absolutley no where better then London to be! Other things i like about RVC is the amazing international reputation and if you are like me and want to work and travel abroad i think this is a big bonus point and you can intercalate a degree at another london uni if you liked. RVC grads are very sort after as well with like 99% finding a job. RVC also seems to be a great place to go if you are interested in going down the research route or specialising in something with quite a lot of grads going down that route. I can think of a few other things but my fingers are getting a bit tired!
    Only big drawback to RVC is the cost but i think for me at least i would rather have a bit more student debt and go to somewhere amazing
    I can understand it is a hard choice i was almost completely undecided a few weeks ago but i just decided to go with my gut instinct in the end
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    I can't believe there's been no news!!!

    Karate Kat-just wondering, what if you couls organise your on lambing placement close to home that would house you for 3 weeks?? I know I could def organise it!!!

    Thats useful information for me thanks
 
 
 
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