Oxbridge applications: what makes you stand out from the crowd?

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(Original post by bOdOING2)
som1 mentioned varied education, Im thinking of applying to Oxbridge and would my 'varied' education make me stand out? Here goes:

I started primary school in China in quite a poor rural town, and then moved to Beijing and and was there for year 3 - 4. Then I went to Bristol for two years, and then moved to Hawaii for a year. I then moved here to cardiff and attended a local comprehensive and two years ago I moved to a private school.

Would this make them dislike me cos I moved around too much or would this work to my favor cos it kinda shows I can adapt to a range to Environments?
It won't give you an advantage or a disadvantage per se. I think that it helped me personally though, because it's taught me to look at things from a variety of different perspectives, something which certainly comes through in an interview.
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I recently made friends with one of the people who interviewed me...and according to her, the thing that secured my offer was (i) the depth of my reading, and (ii) the comments I was able to make on the texts and thus demonstrating my critical skills. She said all the extra curricular stuff wasn't too important, and she couldn't even remember what sports I am good at, or what community work I did. But I guess each interviewer has thier own priority.
Yes I'd go along with this. Tutors have told me the same thing. People who can demonstrate that they have some depth to their interest in a subject and have gone often quite a way beyond the sylallbus tend to go to the head of the queue. One of the things that some tutors look out for and rate highly are people who have already begun woirking at a higher level than that demanded by their A levels or IB.
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But would have been more handy if I had made friends with her BEFORE my interview I guess....
surely it it still useful after the interview!!!!!
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I have alot of extra cirricular activities which could possibly strengthen my application, but none of it is relevant to the subject I am wanting to study. Should I write much about them on my UCAS?
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Well, I applied for Maths & Stats, at Keble, Oxford. I don't think I really had much special going for me, 'cept I'm doing six A-Levels and my personal statement was well-written or so the teachers said, personally I don't think it was that good, specially as I threw it together at the last minute.

The test we were given, was absolutely impossible, but nearly everybody felt that way, I don't think it really matters how you do on the tests, unless you do spectacularly badly or well. I wanted to find out my mark and was even going to ask one of the interviewers, but I simply forgot.

I think what may have pushed me out of the crowd was how I performed in the interviews. Don't be too bothered reading up on current affairs and the like, as everyone told me to, I got asked one question about something I had written on my PS, even that was maths related, then I got asked maths questions for the rest of the time. I didn't need any prompting for any of them, so I guess thats where I got in, aside from that I can't really think of anything else, unless the interviewers all picked up on my incredible good looks .
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I know a few mates who are now studying at oxbridge. They have average gcse grades, but both of them have very prestigious international awards, that only a few people can get , unlike DoE..etc Anyways, if you have been offered a place at oxbridge, could you tell me what achievement you have had that made you stand out from the crowd?
I could drink more than the other applicants.
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I think what may have pushed me out of the crowd was how I performed in the interviews. Don't be too bothered reading up on current affairs and the like, as everyone told me to, I got asked one question about something I had written on my PS, even that was maths related, then I got asked maths questions for the rest of the time.
Maths is generally a bit different though - there isn't so much stuff that you need to be up-to-date on like in the sciences etc, they just want to see if you've got a good enough brain to work with them. That's probably why you didn't get asked any current affairs stuff.
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Just make sure you know a lot about your subject. Read as many books/essays as possible and make sure what you read isn't just standard literature. Have a "specialist subject" which you can try and gear the interview toward. For me this was 20th century marxist aesthetics which is something I really enjoy reading about. Make sre that you talk about things that you think your interviewer will enjoy discussing and most importantly try to know your stuff back to front. You so not want to end up contradicting yourself. On the other hand if you are proved wring then flexibility in your ideas WILL be seen as a strong point.

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I'd been doing maths at the local university for two hours a week for a year and a half before my interview (for maths/phil). But I think it was more to do with reading and approach to problems - in maths, I picked a proof to do as my question, which most people wouldn't at our stage. The philosophy interviewer at Queen's (Oxf) didn't care about what I'd read; at Worcester, they did discuss the Republic with me as I'd put it on my form. Basically read, go to anything you can about your subject (lectures at the local uni, anything). Smile.

I had... cadets, grade 8 voice, debate team stuff, school prefect, etc. But really, none of that counted at all. I didn't put any of it in my statement: just the voice on the qualifications bit and the school did extracurricular stuff on their ref. I wrote about why I liked my subjects on my statement, because I'd hope that's what they'd judge you on.
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The test we were given, was absolutely impossible, but nearly everybody felt that way, I don't think it really matters how you do on the tests, unless you do spectacularly badly or well. I wanted to find out my mark and was even going to ask one of the interviewers, but I simply forgot.
Apparently it was far too hard this year, the test - that's what they told me.
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I reckon that if i hadn't got grade 8 distinction for piano...there's no way i'd have got a place to study law. I think this cos my AS subjects were bio,chem,maths and phys....and except for music....i didn't have anything that was really in the more creative vein....despite having extra-curricular stuff like sport, YE, DofE...etc.

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I'm planning to apply, and I'm doing a variety of things. Grade 6 Saxophone, Grade 2 Jazz Piano, Grade 2 Classical Piano, I play with a Jazz band. I do voluntary work with children twice a week, play some sports. But, how far is this likely to get me? I mean - isn't it more to do with the intellectual capacity at the subject you're choosing to read? I'm planning to go and read CompSci, hopefully at Cambridge. I've done a variety of work in the IT industry, I'm currently a systems manager at Catalyst2, I worked as a technical supervisor for a year (part time) at UH-Hosting. I did 7 weeks shadowing at a UK based ISP, and I've got a few Linux-based programs that are used by people ranging from Peuguot France, to some people at NASA.

As far as grades go, at GCSE I got 7A*s and 4As, one of the A*s being IT which I did self-study for. I'm predicted 5As at AS, I hope I achieve that.

I'm not really sure what to expect.

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(Original post by bOdOING2)
som1 mentioned varied education, Im thinking of applying to Oxbridge and would my 'varied' education make me stand out? Here goes:

I started primary school in China in quite a poor rural town, and then moved to Beijing and and was there for year 3 - 4. Then I went to Bristol for two years, and then moved to Hawaii for a year. I then moved here to cardiff and attended a local comprehensive and two years ago I moved to a private school.

Would this make them dislike me cos I moved around too much or would this work to my favor cos it kinda shows I can adapt to a range to Environments?
It didn't do me any harm...! simular education stuff only i stayed in england and wales!
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I'd been doing maths at the local university for two hours a week for a year and a half before my interview (for maths/phil). But I think it was more to do with reading and approach to problems - in maths, I picked a proof to do as my question, which most people wouldn't at our stage. The philosophy interviewer at Queen's (Oxf) didn't care about what I'd read; at Worcester, they did discuss the Republic with me as I'd put it on my form. Basically read, go to anything you can about your subject (lectures at the local uni, anything). Smile.

I had... cadets, grade 8 voice, debate team stuff, school prefect, etc. But really, none of that counted at all. I didn't put any of it in my statement: just the voice on the qualifications bit and the school did extracurricular stuff on their ref. I wrote about why I liked my subjects on my statement, because I'd hope that's what they'd judge you on.
Which college did you get into Mussed?
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Now *this* is how to stand out from the crowd re an Oxbridge application.

http://www.geocities.com/musicplanet3k/ucas5.htm

Incidentally, the guy was on his gap year and got an unconditional offer.
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Now *this* is how to stand out from the crowd re an Oxbridge application.

http://www.geocities.com/musicplanet3k/ucas5.htm

Incidentally, the guy was on his gap year and got an unconditional offer.
lol you like puting links of your site here dont you hehe -yea ive been to the site several times - it has been quite useful thanks
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