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    I have a scottish friend (yes, that is rather a predicament for me but that is not the problem). She missed her grades for her firm offer (Durham politics), and her insurance is computer games technology at Abertay. She doesn't yet know if she's got into Durham or not as she can't fnd out until the English results come out. Now, I get the feeling that she doesn't want to go to Abertay and has found a course through clearing that she likes the look of. It's drama at somewhere called Queen Margaret. Now, I'm pretty up to date on universities and I'd never heard of this place. I looked on there website and all they seem to do are courses like drama, media studies, finance and management, and midwifery etc etc. To me (yes I knmow I'm a snob) that screamed Ex-poly at me. She says it isn't but I really worry that neither QM nor Abertay is the place for her.

    I get the feeling that the reason she is interested in the QM and abertay courses is because they are specialised in a way she wants. There seem to be various other reasons I consider silly like the fact that for the first time her pparents have said they don't mind her doing a drama course and he fact that scottish clearing is already happening. I feel that her missing her grades has panicked er a bit (although she'll deny it) and she's kinda rushed into a decision. My personal opinion is that she'd be much better off at a nice big university where there are loads of students, people doing all sorts of subjects and a proper set of societies etc. I guess I think that if she goes to abertay or QM she will be much more intelligent than most of the other people, will have a rather backward social life and will pigeonhole her many talents. She is one of the most intelligent people I know and the last thing I want is for her to go to a course and a university she hates and then drops out. I know she'd be happy at almost any big university. There'd be people with the same interests as her and she'd be able to do loads of drama (most big unis have good amdram socs).

    She is a really talented social scientist and I dont want her to waste. I know she'll do well wherever she goes as long as she's happy. I just want her to think a little more about what she's doing. Are QM and aertay really the sorts of places that take oxbridge/durham calibre students regularly? How much of a disadvantage would she be going to a uni that doesn't have a prominent name? Why is she being so stubbon, is it just cos she's scottish? What courses could you recommend?

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    I know who you're talking about and I love her loads
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    (Original post by Ellie4)
    I know who you're talking about and I love her loads
    yeah, I would too if I believed in love.

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    (Original post by musicbloke)
    yeah, I would too if I believed in love.

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    All is not lost though, right? Durham still might take her on Thursday?
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    (Original post by Ellie4)
    I know who you're talking about and I love her loads
    He said if I didn't post a thread he would. And I knew it would be bleeding obvious :rolleyes: He might have at least had the decency to remember my Durham course choice!

    I love you loads as well snugglemuffin. As for the OP, he posted this without letting me read it first so he smells!

    MB, I already told you Scotland doesn't have expolys because it didn't have polys in the first place!
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    (Original post by Acaila)
    He said if I didn't post a thread he would. And I knew it would be bleeding obvious :rolleyes: He might have at least had the decency to remember my Durham course choice!

    I love you loads as well snugglemuffin. As for the OP, he posted this without letting me read it first so he smells!

    MB, I already told you Scotland doesn't have expolys because it didn't have polys in the first place!
    He could have been more subtle! Never mind, he means well How are you feeling about things? Is Durham still #1? Or do you think you'd be happy at this Queen Margaret? I've got everything crossed for you on Thurs... things might come good yet
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    If Durham take me I'll probably go there.
    Surrounded by drama people and in Edinburgh? I think I'd be happy
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    (Original post by Acaila)
    If Durham take me I'll probably go there.
    Surrounded by drama people and in Edinburgh? I think I'd be happy
    Well, you know where you'd be happiest more than we do, but I hope Durham are nice and give you the choice.
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    Me too Get to see my wife! (And I think AMM might cry if he doesn't get to hang around with me and pretend to be popular )
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    everyone's ignoring this thread

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    i hate people being so damn snobbish about university's! so wha if some are ex-poly!!!! argrgrgrgrgr! :angry:

    back to your friend, just make sure she's aware of all of her options before she rushes into anything rash
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    Queen Margaret is in Edinburgh - an exciting and vibrant city. I don't think it was ever a poly.
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    My friend wants to be an actor and he applied to queen mageret along with RADA etc. He didnt get past the second audition in RADA, but he was still estatic because he got into queen margeret because it is renowed for drama, and very good in that area. They usually only take on a certain number of people for their drama courses and stuff, so I mean, techinically if your friend wants to do drama, she should certainly look into going there. Because for drama it is up there among the best. For courses like drama, whether its a poly or not doesnt really matter. If they wanted to history or english i would suggest hold out for something better. But sometimes you gotta let go of whatever prejudices you have about unis which arnt exactly oxbridge when considering specialist courses such as drama etc.
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    And if your friend wants to do drama, and wants to be an actor, than it will be for the best that she go somewhere where she will recieve top notch advice. If she doesnt want to go into acting than maybe she should think of going to a uni. But if she knows thats what she wants to do with her life, than surely you can view it being as a waste of talent rather than a loss of intelligence.
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    a ver Acaila... do you want to do Politics or Drama? If you do Politics at a big uni you can always join a drama club!!! I'd say... look for the Politics possibilities in Clearing... and ask Abertay to release you! If you want info about Politic courses that were avaible in clearing last year just tell me ok? The best of luck! You DESERVE it!
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    Any chance of Politics at Edinburgh (or even geography?) through clearing?
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    Thanks for the replies people

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    Any chance of Politics at Edinburgh (or even geography?) through clearing?
    Politics at Edinburgh isn't available through clearing. I did actually have an unconditional offer for it, but I turned it down because the course didn't seem particularly inspiring and the uni didn't seem very me at all.
    Nice little geography plug Have you been collaborating with my old geography teachers?

    To clear up the ex-poly part, Scotland didn't have polytechnics in the first place so there is no such thing as an ex-poly up here! Abertay was an offshoot of Dundee uni's business school, and QM, as Elspungo said, is renowned for drama. I can think of only one person who has gone into a theatre related course that hasn't applied there, and I know a couple of people who were absolutely gutted about not getting in. When I used to consider doing an acting degree, I knew that if I stayed in Scotland I'd rather go to QM than RSAMD certainly (but I would probably have tried for English drama schools).

    Elspungo - While it would be great to be an actor, I probably wouldn't go for a straight acting degree, I'd rather have something to fall back on because the profession is so difficult (my dad used to constantly reel off nasty statistics at me when he thought I was considering it). The course I'm on the waiting list for is BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Arts, and involves directing, writing, text study, etc. This appeals to me because it's got the directing and writing which I've been increasingly interested in over the last year and a bit, plus it's got theory stuff meaning it could be considered as a general arts degree (this is all something the admissions tutor confirmed on the phone). Therefore I think it would be good for me creatively, because I'd get to do my updating-greek-tragedies-to-the-thatcherite-era stuff, as well as writing essays on lots of plays, and getting to write my own stuff which I really enjoyed doing in Higher Drama. I think job prospects are a lot better with this degree because it can be both vocational and academic, and if I really don't get anywhere with it, I've got my absolute backup plan of being a drama teacher (Admissions tutor said when I asked that they have an excellent record of getting graduates into teacher training).
    Whereas, if I study politics I don't really have the foggiest notion of what I would do after my degree. The Abertay degree would definitely lead me to a career, but it wouldn't give me much flexibility if I decided against that. A politics degree might be too flexible I think, because I don't want to get a degree and find out I don't have any career ideas. I don't want to end up in some crappy office job. I want to do something exciting, different, and creative.


    So much for only coming on to check my email :rolleyes:
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    The degree you've got in mind sounds good, and your right it would be very useful and diverse. It would probably be the type of degree I'd do if wanted to do drama as I am quite an academic person. I just wasnt really sure what course you wanted to go on and whether you wanted to do acting or techincal or something because i know queen margert has a diverse course range. I think my main point is just tht queen mageret is reputable for the artsy subjects. So If thats what you wanna do you would certainly not be of any loss for going there. Good Luck!!!
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    My mum reckons I should fire off an email to Durham to try and get my foot in the door before Thursday. Is this a good idea?
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    Yeah, I figured I'd talk to my Upper School Rector tomorrow about a geography appeal, mention that if it's likely to happen. Plus a few explanations about maths. Maybe add in a couple of Durham-loving comments.
    Who should I send it to?
 
 
 
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