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    Hi, i just finished year 12 and am very pleased with my results (A* in maths A2, high As in physics and geology) and plan to study Aerospace engineering at Uni. I'm told by parents and teachers alike that I should definitely apply to go to Cambridge, but I think I'd be a lot happier at Bristol. I prefer the structure of the course (at cambridge you have to do 2 years of general engineering before specialising), the city itself, and generally think I'll have a much better social life there. Bristol is listed as the third best for the course, with Cambridge being the best, but would I really be missing out by choosing not to go there?
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    Nope, not really. Life is too short to be unhappy and if you think you'll be unhappy at Cambridge, I wouldn't go there because of the name. As you said, Bristol is great for engineering too and it definitely won't harm your prospects going there.
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    (Original post by Wombat96)
    Hi, i just finished year 12 and am very pleased with my results (A* in maths A2, high As in physics and geology) and plan to study Aerospace engineering at Uni. I'm told by parents and teachers alike that I should definitely apply to go to Cambridge, but I think I'd be a lot happier at Bristol. I prefer the structure of the course (at cambridge you have to do 2 years of general engineering before specialising), the city itself, and generally think I'll have a much better social life there. Bristol is listed as the third best for the course, with Cambridge being the best, but would I really be missing out by choosing not to go there?
    Do the course you want to do.
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    Its completely your choice Don't let anybody else decide.
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    I'd go for what you prefer and not what your parents say (OF course listen to their advice) since you'll be the one going to the Uni and not them. If you prefer Bristol then go to Bristol. I'd apply to both and then just see which one you get an offer from
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    I feel the same way! I have good enough grades to go to Cambridge but I think i'd be happier elsewhere where the course suits my interests much more! I think the main thing is that Oxbridge isn't the be all and end all and there are equally good universities out there. I suppose you could always apply to Cambridge and see if you get in then you have more time to make a decision. I think if you're really passionate about the subject you're doing, you will succeed wherever you are, Cambridge or Bristol!
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    If you prefer going to cambridge, then yes, but if you're going to be unhappy then no, take it up to your parents and listen to what they say and take in to consideration is they any family there? how much will the trips home be every now and again?
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    As everyone is saying, go to the one you'd be happiest at. Cambridge is not the be all and end all, and is certainly not for everyone. Tbh, it sounds like you already know that you'd like Bristol more, so don't let anyone put you off - you're the one who has to spend 3 years there, after all!
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    Well, I was applying for maths and I applied to Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews (back in 2010, I've managed to stretch my degree into 6 years though :P)

    I carefully looked at all of their courses and decided St Andrews (with it's emphasis on applied and statistics) would be the best the for me. At this point I was asked "if Oxbridge isn't your first choice why are you applying?".

    My school had pressured me into applying, as a previous private school student with good grades they just wanted to be able to add another "went to Oxbridge" person to their past pupils and thought I was a safe bet. This was of course a terrible reason to apply anywhere.

    Cambridge asked me for an interview but I declined explaining I wished to withdraw from the application process as I didn't want to waste their time because I was likely to unconditonals from the scottish unis. They ended up badgering me with new interview dates for 2 months, all of which I replied to getting more and more annoyed until I just sent an e-mail saying "you couldn't pay me to go to Cambridge". Then they informed me "We will be be withdrawing your application as we cannot give you any more interview dates". I thought it was hilarious they would only let me withdraw on their say so :P
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    Visit both, and look at the courses. See which you'd be happier at.

    Feel free to visit the Bristol forum and ask questions of people doing that course if you like!
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    As people have already said, there is no harm in applying for both. This at least gives you the option to change your mind. Also, I wouldn't make any decisions until you have visited both universities. As well as this, Bristol is a very good university, and you might probably enjoy it more than Cambridge. I ended up at Warwick instead of Cambridge, and I had the best year of my life, and looking back I wouldn't have wanted in any other way. As long as you're happy with whatever you choose to do then that's all that matters.
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    My baby due January 2018. Will I still be able to study here?!? No prental help.
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    (Original post by Chloe070998)
    My baby due January 2018. Will I still be able to study here?!? No prental help.
    This is an old thread, and is now closed.

    It's best to create your own thread to ask this question. If you are a Cambridge offer holder you should contact your college and they can help advise you on any necessary arrangements.

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