I probably sound like an envious, churlish, graceless and ebittered fool but I am really losing faith in the whole university system (especially the OxBridge system). I mean I keep reading of people who get 100 A*s, 10As at A level, speak 15 languages and have written books on obscure subjects and still get rejected WITHOUT interview! I am just so sick of how arbitrary and random this whole system seems. What chance do we mere mortals have in this case (and I just want to get into a half decent university, I am not even thinking of oxbridge, but i have singled them out because they seem to be the pinnacle of this rotten system)? Also I think the idea that so much hinges on the strength of your AS grades is absurd. Exams are not a marker of intelligence, and they severely disadvantage those on harder exam boards, those at worse schools, those with worse teachers, and those who for whatever reason simply trip up in the single hour that 'tests' a years' worth of learning (they will tell you all manner of claptrap that "we just want to see how teachable you are, your AS grades are not the only thing we use", when in truth they have probably chucked out your application based entirely on your grades, before evevn reading your references and statement). I mean it's like the system is designed to make you fall. The idea for instance that we can only apply in autumn means that with what seems like a lottery, you only have one chance a year of getting into university. I am just so sick of reading of people who really seemed to at least deserve a chance (even if they do not get an offer) being cast out for reasons that seem as mysterious to me as the arcane rituals of the OxBridge colleges. So out of interest, just who does/did get in?