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    I've been "pooled" at Jesus for SPS, but instead of being rejected by Jesus College, they've written to say they're still making a decision and have places remaining on every course, and have offered me to other colleges to maximise my chances of a Cambridge place.

    Is this normal pool procedure? I didn't think it went like this...

    Please let them let me in!!!!
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    I've applied to jesus for music, and have received exactly the same response! i think they're probably checking for any1 better in the pool before accepting you, which is pretty unfair!! :confused: good luck anyway!!
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    (Original post by musicman)
    I've applied to jesus for music, and have received exactly the same response! i think they're probably checking for any1 better in the pool before accepting you, which is pretty unfair!! :confused: good luck anyway!!
    It isn't unfair - the best applicants should be accepted regardless of college.
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    (Original post by Tek)
    It isn't unfair - the best applicants should be accepted regardless of college.
    Let's hope you find urself in the same (or worse) position when u apply, then u'll know how it feels to be in limbo. :mad:
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    I applied for Natsci at Peterhouse and I've been pooled, even though I applied for deferred entry. Does anyone know if this is normal? Surely a college isn't going to take someone out of the pool for next year, when they don't know what their candidates next year are going to be like?
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    (Original post by musicman)
    Let's hope you find urself in the same (or worse) position when u apply, then u'll know how it feels to be in limbo. :mad:
    I'd gladly surrender my place to a more worthy applicant, and I hope that's what the admission tutors would do as well. Some people just seem to be so hooked up on the idea of going to Oxbridge and I would advise said people to get a grip and to appreciate that Oxbridge is not the be all and end all of life itself.

    Anyway, to respond in kind, here's hoping that you're rejected.
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    Tek, thats really ironic coming from you - just look at all the posts you've posted about Oxbridge!!! Also, if you do apply then you'll know what it feels like - I said that I was not at all bothered and would be happy if I was rejected - but when you put in all the effort to fill in forms, send off essays and attend interviews you become involved and being pooled - although positive just makes the wait longer. Also (sorry to rant but am quite emotionally charged) for most Cambridge applicamts, failure is very new. I have never failed anything so yes, I admit it is a big shock to not be welcomed with open arms.
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    (Original post by Jess)
    Tek, thats really ironic coming from you - just look at all the posts you've posted about Oxbridge!!!
    So what? Yes I want to go to Cambridge but I'm not going to base my life around it. If I don't get in, then fine, I'll go somewhere else like Durham or the LSE - I'm mature enough to realise that there are other things in life apart from Cambridge - and whilst it certainly would be wonderful to go there at the end of the day I'll be just as happy going to another good University.
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    (Original post by Tek)
    So what? Yes I want to go to Cambridge but I'm not going to base my life around it. If I don't get in, then fine, I'll go somewhere else like Durham or the LSE - I'm mature enough to realise that there are other things in life apart from Cambridge - and whilst it certainly would be wonderful to go there at the end of the day I'll be just as happy going to another good University.
    A bit of sense there. What you applying for, tek?

    I've been pooled, and I'm alright about it. I can't believe some people are annoyed they may get offers from colleges which require a walk to the town centre!!

    And failure's a part of life, you have to experience it some time on some level.
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    Jess, I totally empathise!!!!!!!


    Even when you are first in your school academically, Cam can still put you in the pool/reject you regardless of your standing to date.

    It is hard, but like the great Oedipus, we truly learn about life through suffering, not success.

    Here's a glass raised to the new year - and a resolution to let go of Cam!!!!!!!
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    Does every1 view the pool as a rejection then?
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    I've been pooled by Jesus (for Geography). I see it as a 'good but not quite good enough' message, although for me personally it constitutes a rejection because the likelihood of being a) picked out of the pool and b) by a college I would want to go to seems very small!

    That said, I'm very happy to (almost certainly) be going to Durham.
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    (Original post by paymaster)
    Does every1 view the pool as a rejection then?
    lol! i dont! i think its good to geta second chance, and even if you dont, you will still have a letter from cambridge saying that you are good enough to go!
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    (Original post by Tek)
    I'd gladly surrender my place to a more worthy applicant, and I hope that's what the admission tutors would do as well. Some people just seem to be so hooked up on the idea of going to Oxbridge and I would advise said people to get a grip and to appreciate that Oxbridge is not the be all and end all of life itself.

    Anyway, to respond in kind, here's hoping that you're rejected.
    Well rest assured i'll be the first to rub it into ur face if i'm accepted. I'm very sure u would not want to surrender your place, and let's face it, with regards to ur later post, what makes u so sure that u'll get into durham or LSE, which are both very highly-regarded, competitive unis? It's arrogant ***** like u which give oxbridge applicants/students a bad name. If ur so quick to have a go at me after i was just trying to offer some advice to 'plsletmein!', when u have absolutely no experience of what applying to uni is like, then u really r not as mature as you like to think you are.
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    (Original post by katiyakat)
    I've been pooled by Jesus (for Geography). I see it as a 'good but not quite good enough' message, although for me personally it constitutes a rejection because the likelihood of being a) picked out of the pool and b) by a college I would want to go to seems very small!

    That said, I'm very happy to (almost certainly) be going to Durham.
    Let's face it, there will have been 100s of ppl across all subjects rejected by now, so anyone pooled is lucky to still be considered. I wouldn't view it as 'not quite good enough', as u are definitely good enough for cam if u've been pooled, it now just depends on the competition.
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    (Original post by Jess)
    Tek, thats really ironic coming from you - just look at all the posts you've posted about Oxbridge!!! Also, if you do apply then you'll know what it feels like - I said that I was not at all bothered and would be happy if I was rejected - but when you put in all the effort to fill in forms, send off essays and attend interviews you become involved and being pooled - although positive just makes the wait longer. Also (sorry to rant but am quite emotionally charged) for most Cambridge applicamts, failure is very new. I have never failed anything so yes, I admit it is a big shock to not be welcomed with open arms.
    I completely agree with you Jess, i didn't used to think i'd be that bothered if i didn't get in, but it is harder than ppl like tek think when u've set ur sights on that particular uni, and every1 u know thinks ur sure of getting a place.
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    when you put in all the effort to fill in forms, send off essays and attend interviews you become involved and being pooled - although positive just makes the wait longer.
    The thing that irritates me most about the whole thing is that neither of my interviewers had read my essays and only one had read my personal statement. Given that they asked for them, I think it would therefore have been courteous for them to read them.

    On a more personal level, it also irritates me because I was completely unspectacular in interview, but both my personal statement and essay were good. I think I'd have had a better chance of receiving an offer (rather than being pooled) if they'd bothered to read them.

    The pool is not much fun. You're strung along for even longer and have just a 20% chance of receiving a further offer. .
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    (Original post by musicman)
    Well rest assured i'll be the first to rub it into ur face if i'm accepted. I'm very sure u would not want to surrender your place, and let's face it, with regards to ur later post, what makes u so sure that u'll get into durham or LSE, which are both very highly-regarded, competitive unis? It's arrogant ***** like u which give oxbridge applicants/students a bad name. If ur so quick to have a go at me after i was just trying to offer some advice to 'plsletmein!', when u have absolutely no experience of what applying to uni is like, then u really r not as mature as you like to think you are.
    Haha, "rubbing it in" is exactly what immature, obsessed idiots such as yourself do. If you don't get a place, I'm not going to laugh at you; I'm above that, thank you very much.

    "What makes me so sure I'll get into Durham or LSE?" Nothing - since when have I said I'd be guaranteed a place there? But you have to admit it's broadly true that one would have a better chance of getting into those two Unis than one would Cambridge.

    "It's arrogant *****...bad name". How ironic. It is in fact applicants like you - sad, obsessed individuals who want to get into Oxbridge more than anything else - who give Oxbridge a bad name. At the end of the day, any mature individual can see that it's just a Universitiy (albeit a good one) and whilst it'd be nice to go there, in the great scheme of things it doesn't matter much. You really ought to get things in perspective.

    Yes, I have little experience of applying to University, but at least I have the maturity to recognise that Oxbridge isn't the be all and end all.
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    (Original post by katiyakat)
    The thing that pisses me off most about the whole thing is that neither of my interviewers had read my essays and only one had read my personal statement. Given that they asked for them, it would therefore have been courteous to read them at least once.

    On a more personal level, it also irritates me because I was completely unspectacular in interview, but both my personal statement and essay were damn good. I reckon I'd have had a better chance of receiving an offer (rather than being pooled) if they'd bothered to read them.

    The pool is not much fun. You're strung along for even longer and have just a 20% chance of receiving a further offer. *******s.
    my interviewer was reading my application form for what seemed like the first time, and none of my essays/harmony work (i'm a music applicant) was discussed in the interview, which is a pain as i had a lot to say about them. How can the application process be completely fair, when different colleges have different interview formats? If i had applied to a different college, where my essays had been read, or where there were different questions asked/different tests, then i would have been a better interviewee, and therefore would have stood a better chance of getting a place. I think the least they could have done was read my work, considering i'd put a lot of effort into doing it, and picking a college, writing ps, etc.
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    (Original post by musicman)
    my interviewer was reading my application form for what seemed like the first time, and none of my essays/harmony work (i'm a music applicant) was discussed in the interview...I think the least they could have done was read my work
    Just because they didn't discuss your essay doesn't mean it wasn't read.
 
 
 

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