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Hi, here's a question for all the people already @ Oxbridge (esp Cam). Once you're there studying does it live up to your expectations, exceed them or disappoints you? (or are you too stressed and busy to even think about it) Any responses would be gr8, thanx!
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Nope, doesn't live up to the hype that people on this board give it. Can be very anal at times.

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Nope, doesn't live up to the hype that people on this board give it. Can be very anal at times.

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Nope, doesn't live up to the hype that people on this board give it. Can be very anal at times.

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Well just look at the clamour to get in on this board. It's certainly not worth all that. It's OK but it's not spectacular living here. A lot of people just aren't prepared for the stress or the sheer amount of work and are seduced by dreaming spires or whatever.

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Well just look at the clamour to get in on this board. It's certainly not worth all that. It's OK but it's not spectacular living here. A lot of people just aren't prepared for the stress or the sheer amount of work and are seduced by dreaming spires or whatever.

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ill second that...some people on this board seem to be putting way too be treating the whole process with a bit too much emotion! it doesn't live up to the hype in terms of getting a job, yes you have a great chance to do well with an oxbridge degree but it does gurantee you millions and you still have to impress employers. so just because u get into oxbridge does mean you're "sorted for life", it just means you have the best opoortuntiy to do well.

what oxford has lived up to for me is just the chance to be in such a unique environment, it can be weird at times but its so great for your personal development. some of the applicants really should place more emphasis on wanting to get in for the environment as opposed to hte supposed ££ after wards
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Nope, doesn't live up to the hype that people on this board give it.
Aye, I think I agree mostly. It certainly does have its advantages, but equally there is a lot of work to do and I rather suspect that it isn't too different from other universities in many respects other than the type of people you are around.

Then again, don't they say life is what you make it?

It certainly isn't worth breaking your back to get to!

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(Original post by hildabeast)
Well just look at the clamour to get in on this board. It's certainly not worth all that. It's OK but it's not spectacular living here. A lot of people just aren't prepared for the stress or the sheer amount of work and are seduced by dreaming spires or whatever.

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Yep am sure you are right. Just being melodramatic!
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so how hard is it? what are we looking at in terms of hours per week (bit of a crude measure, I know) including lectures, classes, tutorials, essays and other private study?
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so how hard is it? what are we looking at in terms of hours per week (bit of a crude measure, I know) including lectures, classes, tutorials, essays and other private study?

Depends on what subject you are talking about.
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Depends on what subject you are talking about.
my offer is for ppe
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so how hard is it? what are we looking at in terms of hours per week (bit of a crude measure, I know) including lectures, classes, tutorials, essays and other private study?
Well for me last term I had three hours of tutorials a week (1 to 1 and 2 to 1), six hours of lectures and as much private study as you are prepared to put in I guess. I had two essays per week, plus problems and exercises to do, and that takes up quite a bit of time, and that's ignoring all the reading you have to do :eek: .

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ill second that...some people on this board seem to be putting way too be treating the whole process with a bit too much emotion! it doesn't live up to the hype in terms of getting a job, yes you have a great chance to do well with an oxbridge degree but it does gurantee you millions and you still have to impress employers. so just because u get into oxbridge does mean you're "sorted for life", it just means you have the best opoortuntiy to do well.

what oxford has lived up to for me is just the chance to be in such a unique environment, it can be weird at times but its so great for your personal development. some of the applicants really should place more emphasis on wanting to get in for the environment as opposed to hte supposed ££ after wards
So is the environment as good as it looks like in the pics?? One of the things that attracts me about Oxford is the lovely old buildings as I love history of architecture! (my grandmother is a quite well known architectural historian)
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so how hard is it? what are we looking at in terms of hours per week (bit of a crude measure, I know) including lectures, classes, tutorials, essays and other private study?
This year (2nd) for compsci we generally have 2 or 3 lectures a day, 2 or 3 supervisions a week (include 3 hours or so prep time for each), the equivalent of one practical a week (3 hours or so) and as a general rule of thumb we're supposed to spend one to one and a half times the amount we go to lectures revising the lectures.
My friends think I'm now doing a slack subject, though more was expected last year when we were on the natsci tripos as well.

My rough calculations mean I should be working about 45 hours a week at least, I don't.

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Well for me last term I had three hours of tutorials a week (1 to 1 and 2 to 1), six hours of lectures and as much private study as you are prepared to put in I guess. I had two essays per week, plus problems and exercises to do, and that takes up quite a bit of time, and that's ignoring all the reading you have to do :eek: .

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Anuses like youself aside, I find it does live up to it.
You do as much work as you want to, obviously you are alot more conscientious. You can't blame the system when it is you.
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So is the environment as good as it looks like in the pics?? One of the things that attracts me about Oxford is the lovely old buildings as I love history of architecture! (my grandmother is a quite well known architectural historian)
Erm it depends. Loads of people go to ChCh expecting to be living in Hogwarts and end up in the Blue Boar (hideous concrete monstrosity-type-thing). I myself live in a gloriously retro (irony) sixties building which is fairly ugly from the outside but quite nice on the inside, and it's always filled with Polish architecture students (apparently the most organic building in Britain!!!). From outside college there is an amazing view across the spires though - everytime I walk across the front lawn I can't help looking for a few secoonds and thinking how lucky I am.

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Anuses like youself aside, I find it does live up to it.
You do as much work as you want to, obviously you are alot more conscientious. You can't blame the system when it is you.
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No I am not conscientious; I don't do nearly as much as I should. My subject is heavily based upon reading and I have major exams at the end of term, but I know I don't do nearly enough. I find the work really demanding, and although you can do as much as you like, if you do too little you WILL be sent down.

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Anuses like youself aside, I find it does live up to it.
You do as much work as you want to, obviously you are alot more conscientious. You can't blame the system when it is you.
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That's not too nice foolfarian , Hildabeast is nice
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That's not too nice foolfarian , Hildabeast is nice
Aww thanx, have some rep

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So is the environment as good as it looks like in the pics?? One of the things that attracts me about Oxford is the lovely old buildings as I love history of architecture! (my grandmother is a quite well known architectural historian)

oh its better, nothing like walking through the town on a foggy day wen you get some amazing views. the whole town just has a certain atmosphere which is incredible, best part of studying here.
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