College - Gonville and Caius
Subject -Natsci Bio
Well I dont know how I did. The first, general one seemed to go okay, I was asked about one of the project I did which I mentioned in my Personal statement, and the conversation was kind of light, with many laughters etc...
Then she showed me pictures of some fish and asked me things on evolution, what is evolution etc, asked me to give example, and make up a hypothesis on the evolution of these fish, which I did, and she asked me to design an experiment to test my hypothesis.....
She then asked me to interprete 2 different graphs, at that point i felt so stupid coz i didnt understand what the word predation means.. mind blank... but eventually gave a quite.. simple.. explaination...
The second interview... thinking about it I am really scared, coz the guy asked me like.. why do you think natural selection hasnt killed off all the people with cystic fibrosis.. i just went blank and said i dont know.. He lead me through the questions and after i see the link, he asked me something else which i didnt even understand the question, my mind was kind of drifting away at that point.. so.... dunno..
The question is so simple though. .argg!
the other guy asked me to interprate a electro micrograph and i kind of worked it out, but nevertheless he told me all the essentials which i could not figure out, or didnt at the time, and he asked me which uses more enrgy, fly, run or swim.. i said swim.... and apparently its fly.. how stupid.. thats like...common sense.. I even argued saying water has more friction........ So the guy said.. well it might be but actually blah blah...
Also after i answer each question he asked, which include right answers sometimes, he always ended with the comment good for you each time... Im really worried of that comment now....
So... i dont know how i did
How it went: I thought it went all right. Both interviews were just solving maths problems, I got three questions in each interview, did manage to get the answer with many hints from the interviewer, made a few very silly mistakes in my first interview. I don't think my second interviewer was in a good mood, and the interview started 10 minutes later than it meant to be (not due to the delay of anyone before me as I was the first one to be interviewed at that afternoon), and I just waited 15 minutes in that corridor, wondering what's going on.
Geography at St. Catz
First interview with a Chemist was awful
Second interview with a geographer was good but not great
Economics at Pembroke. General Interview (wasnt actually general) was pretty good, chatted about some interesting topics.
Subject interview was horrible, couldnt do anything they set and so they had to work through it all with me.... lol
I was stressed after it but in reflection it was a good/interesting experience.
Course: Nat. Sci (physical)
How was it?
My first interview was very short (if you look hard enough you will find a whole thread devoted to this topic). I answered most of my questions correctly and both interviewers commented on how good my personal statement was which has given me some confidence.
And I went to the Natural World shop in the town centre and bought this tubular plastic thing which makes a noise when you swing it round... its so ace!!
College: Trinity Hall
How was it?
Well, in one word - poo. I wont whine or anything, i just thought i did really badly. The interview really threw me, we were given lots of work to read and essays to submit but nothing was asked on that at all. Got asked lots of maths, most of which i couldnt remember as i havent done any maths for like 9 months. Economics questions were really hard and pushed me a lot, but i did manage to dig myself into some holes like mentioning Mlathusian population theory (sigh).
It was also nothing like my interviews last year (i re-applied this year), the interview was long (45 mins) and the person was unfriendly, so i kinda paniced a bit on the maths.
Meh, warwick here i come.
"Economics questions were really hard and pushed me a lot, but i did manage to dig myself into some holes like mentioning Mlathusian population theory (sigh)."
Interesting you mentioned Malthus. I applied for Geography at Jesus and wrote an essay sorta surrounding population theory relating to China. Interviewer talked about this and then in passing comment said that Malthus actually studied at Jesus college and that his painting was in the hall (didnt notice that whilst eating breakfast. but interesting bit of miscellanious fact).
well, i dunno, i hope they are maybe sympathetic i had no clue about maths because of time spent not doing it, and i do have the grades to show that i can do maths (a 6 in IB higher maths is pretty good)
In terms of economics questions, i had no response at all, which is why i felt i did badly, because they never said a single positive thing.
Please read Helen's Sticky if you have not yet done so.
Maths at Peterhouse.
'General' interview wasn't too great, unable to do the most simple things. Subject interview was better, a good few blunders and blind alleys, but I felt I showed them how good I was - it just remains to be seen whether that is better than the competition.
and is "anus institution" gramatically correct? and it should be "have diminished" not "has diminished". and years should have an apostrophe. as should pigs. and the forth line of the main paragraph is very badly phrased. shame oxford have to put up with you really, or, if you're not actually there yet, hope they realise not to bother offering you a place.
Just got back from my Maths interviews at Pembroke. I had three, I think the first one (with the Director of studies) was a mess and I just embarrassed myself, but I think the other two went rather well.
Just got to wait to see what they say.
College: St John's
Course: Mathematics G100
It went groovyish, was an enjoyable experience...will have to wait and see...St John's JCR needs a new Red Ball for the pool table like.