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    I'm currently taking 5AS (Bio, Chem, Phys, Maths, Further Maths) as well as a cumpulsory AS which is taken over two years, and I go to a generally good sixth form comprehensive (sends a few to Oxbridge every year).

    I have set my ambitions on the likes of Cambridge and Ivy League, and plan to work really hard for them, get the grades, do a ton of extra-curricular activities and work experience.

    I was just wondering how these top universities are like when it comes to social backgrounds, as I have turned down grammar and private schools due to travel distance, single-sex or boarding schools, which weren't to the liking of my parents, and also fees... but I was wondering whether that would disadvantage me or give me a boost due to my disadvantage if I achieve similar to others who have had the opportunities.

    I myself have a mixed background of teaching, private international school at primary, homeschool, state middle school and state secondary in UK, and now state sixth form (a good one, generally).

    Do you think there's any disadvantage/advantage coming from a state school when applying to these top universities in the UK and US, as one of the reasons which I chose to go state was due to the positive discrimination I would face applying from the private sector... but also am scared that I made the wrong choice because that might leave me socially disadvantaged when it comes to 'groups' at university, even though I could get away with telling white lies, and also in the future when it comes to jobs - do companies have a preference? I had a confidence hit after being around privately educated kids, feeling somewhat inferior despite my good grades.

    I'm pretty sure that neither universities nor companies have much of a preference between state and private school kids.
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