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    Is it me or does it seem that a disproportionate amount of people feel like they need to go to these institutions because they believe its the embodiment of success? Is it because potentially (most certainly the case for me) that before they even started looking at unis they clearly knew that Cambridge and Oxford were the top and so set themselves on the brand?

    you see a number of threads where people get these straight As A* grads and have wonderful offers already but then try to upgrade to these places and go to extreme risks and lengths to do it.

    There was an article in the paper about that kid that was stabbed to death in a seemingly unprovoked attack who was apparently a straight A kid, and it said 'he had the potential to go on to Oxford and Cambridge'

    It seems so drummed into people that there is a lot of pressure and disillusionment on the vast majority of people who don't go to them.

    This isn't a bash thread, people that actually get into and enjoy their time and studies at these places then fair play, but i get the feeling a lot of people who want to go there purely want to do it for the attached prestige and success and not at all about what their actual courses offer.
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    One word. Ego.
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    I want to go to Oxford because I love my subject and I think I would enjoy the intensity of the course, especially considering my course is more academic at Oxford than at other universities. The name would obviously be a huge advantage to my cv, but that isn't the main reason I want to apply there...


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