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    i was wondering whether extra stuff, such as Target 2.0, proshare competition, challenge the chancellor actually help a lot with uni application, considering you win some of them? for course like cambridge or lse economics. does this extra stuff actually stand out?
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    I'm sure it does. Everyone applies with AAA+ grades. The only thing that helps you stand out are extra-curriculars and your reference. You need to clearly articulate your passion for the subject, and you can demonstrate this through participation in the above mentioned activities.
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    (Original post by Knogle)
    I'm sure it does. Everyone applies with AAA+ grades. The only thing that helps you stand out are extra-curriculars and your reference. You need to clearly articulate your passion for the subject, and you can demonstrate this through participation in the above mentioned activities.
    or you could just have amazing gcse's and get into LSE!
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    (Original post by ba_ba1)
    or you could just have amazing gcse's and get into LSE!
    That's an option, I suppose.
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    (Original post by ba_ba1)
    or you could just have amazing gcse's and get into LSE!
    i got 7a*s, 2 As and 2 Bs in gcses. i know that they r not amazing, cuz of my Bs.
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    (Original post by newbie17)
    i got 7a*s, 2 As and 2 Bs in gcses. i know that they r not amazing, cuz of my Bs.
    theyre very good. You should be fine with Warwick and UCL. However, i remember one od the LSE admin tutors saying dont bother applying if you have more than 1 B at GCSE so.... What subjects were they in out of interest?
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    they might ignore your second B cos you took 11 GCSEs.
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    I did Target 2.0 and Challenge the Chancellor. At my Oxford interview one interviewer laughed and said everyone did that. I wouldn't bank on it being a distinguishing factor but its worth putting down.
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    (Original post by DredgeReformist)
    I did Target 2.0 and Challenge the Chancellor. At my Oxford interview one interviewer laughed and said everyone did that. I wouldn't bank on it being a distinguishing factor but its worth putting down.
    In all honesty, I think places like LSE & Cambridge are purely concerned with how bright you are your interest in the subject. To this end, I think the two most important criteria are your grades and your personal statement.

    Extra curriculars are only given considerable importance in the US - focus on academics if you want LSE or Cam.
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    (Original post by DredgeReformist)
    I did Target 2.0 and Challenge the Chancellor. At my Oxford interview one interviewer laughed and said everyone did that. I wouldn't bank on it being a distinguishing factor but its worth putting down.
    my team actually won the challenge chancellor competition and were regional finalists for proshare competition.
    about my grades. i got 2 Bs in double ICT. it was like a half GNVQ course and wasnt taught properly anyway, because i used to go to a **** comprehensive school
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    ICT is blacklisted anyway - they probably ignore those subjects anyway.
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    (Original post by DredgeReformist)
    I did Target 2.0 and Challenge the Chancellor. At my Oxford interview one interviewer laughed and said everyone did that. I wouldn't bank on it being a distinguishing factor but its worth putting down.
    They sure do (but you don't want to the be the unlucky one who doesn't do them).

    What is more funny is when everyone reads the same ****ing book. You'd think Globalisation and Its Discontents was a bigger seller than the Bible if you read enough Economics personal statements.

    Read something that is one - original (ie. you wanted to read rather than were told to read) and ideally, academic.


    Extra-curriculars do help. Good ones that is. I did blah blah at school - frown. I built bridges and wells in Peru... hmm, ok. I am the first person to walk on Mars. Excellent.
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    What is more funny is when everyone reads the same ****ing book. You'd think Globalisation and Its Discontents was a bigger seller than the Bible if you read enough Economics personal statements.
    Sad but true.
    Read something that is one - original (ie. you wanted to read rather than were told to read) and ideally, academic.
    Yes please! 90% of PSs' i've read mentioned The Economist - you'd think the interviewer knew this already.
    Extra-curriculars do help. Good ones that is. I did blah blah at school - frown. I built bridges and wells in Peru... hmm, ok. I am the first person to walk on Mars. Excellent.
    Agreed. Or serving religious leaders in India. Or heading down to Mauritius to participate in an environmental conservation project. etc.
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    But I don't want to serve religious leaders in India, OR head down to Mauritius to participate in an environmental conservation project. I WANT TO LEARN ECONOMICS!!!! Why is that no longer enough... sheesh. I'm only a child, how can they expect me to waste my time doing work experience and organising trips to countries I don't care about?
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    P.S. How does work experience in China sound? I did a week in a company at the behest of my school who forced us to do work experience last holiday - is it a bit crap and clearly organised by connections, or impressive at all? Given that I wasn't sacrificing myself to help poor people etc.

    I could do some more this summer, but GOD work experience is boring.
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    (Original post by The Ace is Back)
    But I don't want to serve religious leaders in India, OR head down to Mauritius to participate in an environmental conservation project. I WANT TO LEARN ECONOMICS!!!! Why is that no longer enough... sheesh. I'm only a child, how can they expect me to waste my time doing work experience and organising trips to countries I don't care about?
    Because being a student who adds to the university is about more than just studying.
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    (Original post by President_Ben)
    Because being a student who adds to the university is about more than just studying.
    Obviously, but what does my involvement in developing countries have to do with it? Maybe a better indicator of what I'll be like at uni is my ECs done inside school?
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    (Original post by The Ace is Back)
    Obviously, but what does my involvement in developing countries have to do with it? Maybe a better indicator of what I'll be like at uni is my ECs done inside school?
    You doing activities out of the ordinary is an indication of your will and desire to push yourself out of your comfort zones, try things that no one else dares to (or can be bothered to), and demonstrates your entire outlook in life. I think.
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    (Original post by Knogle)
    You doing activities out of the ordinary is an indication of your will and desire to push yourself out of your comfort zones, try things that no one else dares to (or can be bothered to), and demonstrates your entire outlook in life. I think.
    Hmmm, why a university would care I don't know. How were your ECs to get into LSE? What kind of stuff did you do?
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    (Original post by The Ace is Back)
    Hmmm, why a university would care I don't know. How were your ECs to get into LSE? What kind of stuff did you do?
    I don't know what or how much LSE was looking for exactly, but I was involved in ECs extremely extensively while in school.

    I don't like the idea of blowing my trumpet around here, so I'll PM you a quick summary of my ECs so you can judge for youself.
 
 
 
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