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    (Original post by Nadine10)
    Haha its okay dw - for books we don't read entire books but simply relevant sections. The main economic historians are Allen, Mokyr, Wrigley, Broadberry, Crafts, McCloskey, and many others. I can't remember all of it now, but the website has a reading list for 1st years that has all the main books/textbooks we use

    Sorry meant which books did you real for your PS

    Last Q how did you decide on which collage? Any Tips? Whats Christs like for econ?
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    (Original post by Smko)
    Sorry meant which books did you real for your PS

    Last Q how did you decide on which collage? Any Tips? Whats Christs like for econ?
    oh sorry! lol i read Crisis Economics by Roubini and Globalisation and its Discontents by Stiglitz. And sorry i dont know about Christs :/ I just wanted an old, traditional college, in the centre of the city and so I picked Caius
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    oh sorry! lol i read Crisis Economics by Roubini and Globalisation and its Discontents by Stiglitz. And sorry i dont know about Christs :/ I just wanted an old, traditional college, in the centre of the city and so I picked Caius
    Thanks for all the information!!
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    (Original post by Nadine10)
    Hey everyone, 2d year economist at Cambridge here - would love to help anyone if there are any questions TSR was such a big help for me
    Two questions:

    1. I know Cambridge don't care but for others, what do you put for extracurricular on your personal statement if you don't really have anything impressive? I am grade four piano but I doubt that's worth mentioning? I have a volunteering/leadership thing and that's it...
    2. What kind of questions do they ask at interviews? You hear about all the weird and wonderful ones but not the normal ones.
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    (Original post by Anonymous1717)
    Two questions:

    1. I know Cambridge don't care but for others, what do you put for extracurricular on your personal statement if you don't really have anything impressive? I am grade four piano but I doubt that's worth mentioning? I have a volunteering/leadership thing and that's it...
    2. What kind of questions do they ask at interviews? You hear about all the weird and wonderful ones but not the normal ones.
    Well your volunteer/leadership thing sounds interesting and defo worth a mention in your ps - my advice would be don't just state what you did but draw out the important skills you gained and maybe link it back to your course. For example, if you do MUN or debating, say that it allows you to look at current events from different perspective, and engineer solutions, which is was macro attempts to do with the economy.

    And for the interview i got asked about dematerialisation in the first (dont worry! the interviewer knew we would know absolutely nothing about this and wanted to see if we could handle new material when he explained this) and in the second i was asked to sketch a output per worker against quantity of labour and we discussed it a bit.
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    (Original post by Nadine10)
    My other choices were LSE, UCL, Warwick and Bristol and got offers from all of them - do you mean which I was expecting to get offers from when i applied?
    Thats all my choices except dont they all ask for A*AA?


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    Thats all my choices except dont they all ask for A*AA?


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    So...?


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    (Original post by Nadine10)
    Well your volunteer/leadership thing sounds interesting and defo worth a mention in your ps - my advice would be don't just state what you did but draw out the important skills you gained and maybe link it back to your course. For example, if you do MUN or debating, say that it allows you to look at current events from different perspective, and engineer solutions, which is was macro attempts to do with the economy.

    And for the interview i got asked about dematerialisation in the first (dont worry! the interviewer knew we would know absolutely nothing about this and wanted to see if we could handle new material when he explained this) and in the second i was asked to sketch a output per worker against quantity of labour and we discussed it a bit.
    Sorry for so many questions but excluding cambridge, what sorts of extra stuff is good for ps. Ive done DofE, school council, prefect, and econ society prefect. Is that enough or should i do more, and if so what sort of stuff should i be doing. I have no work experience in economics ;(


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    So...?


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    But that defeats the point of firm and insurance? I want to go for these unis but would it be foolish?


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    But that defeats the point of firm and insurance? I want to go for these unis but would it be foolish?


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    It depends on how confident your are in getting the A*
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    It depends on how confident your are in getting the A*
    In 110% confident ill get atleast one A* although im secretly aiming for 3. But just incase....


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    (Original post by kiirankapoor)
    In 110% confident ill get atleast one A* although im secretly aiming for 3. But just incase....


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    Someone's overconfident , if you wanna be safe then you could always pick an AAA option
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    (Original post by kiirankapoor)
    In 110% confident ill get atleast one A* although im secretly aiming for 3. But just incase....


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    Well, you should have confidence in your abilities. Most of us are in the same situation as yourself but we are sure that we can achieve the A* and are more concerned about obtaining the offer as opposed to achieving it so applying to those universities means we have the best chance of getting into a top university for economics.

    This is what I'm inferring btw as I also peak to apply to those 5.



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    (Original post by kiirankapoor)
    But that defeats the point of firm and insurance? I want to go for these unis but would it be foolish?


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    I don't have an insurance, it's not compulsory.
    If you're 110% what's the problem?


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    When mentioning books in your Personal Statement and they say ' mention what you've learnt ' - i'm trying to avoid saying stuff that the admissions tutor would know , so what do they mean by ' mention what you've learnt ' ? because a lot of stuff in the books is probably already known to the admissions tutor , so are you supposed to say that you've learnt something and then relate it to yourself in some way or what ?

    That's incredibly badly worded but i'm afraid i couldn't phrase it any better - so any help will be appreciated massively !
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    (Original post by kiirankapoor)
    In 110% confident ill get atleast one A* although im secretly aiming for 3. But just incase....


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    i was 110% confident i would get 9 A*'s , ended up with 3 lol

    best bet is to get an insurance that's not A*AA - you want to end up somewhere , which is better than not ending up anywhere.
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    (Original post by Fas)
    When mentioning books in your Personal Statement and they say ' mention what you've learnt ' - i'm trying to avoid saying stuff that the admissions tutor would know , so what do they mean by ' mention what you've learnt ' ? because a lot of stuff in the books is probably already known to the admissions tutor , so are you supposed to say that you've learnt something and then relate it to yourself in some way or what ?

    That's incredibly badly worded but i'm afraid i couldn't phrase it any better - so any help will be appreciated massively !
    Sorry, I'm not sure I fully understand. Do you want to avoid putting things in your PS that the tutors will know or things that are commonly said?

    You can't avoid the former :lol:


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    i was 110% confident i would get 9 A*'s , ended up with 3 lol.
    what happened? Were you just close in 6 subjects?


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    (Original post by tooambitious)
    Sorry, I'm not sure I fully understand. Do you want to avoid putting things in your PS that the tutors will know or things that are commonly said?

    You can't avoid the former :lol:


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    yeah i didn't think so either - but someone i spoke too said try and make it original

    like one book i read , i said that i learnt that mathematical approaches to treating economic issues contain difficulties such as blah blah etc. the person i spoke to said not to include that cos it wasn't good enough , so i'm veryyy confused !
 
 
 
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