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    I missed my offers at three top unis, including Oxford, and now I am going to SOAS for law.

    Yeah i cried like a creep for a few days (my results came out on 6th) but got over it. Told myself to shut up, and woman up.

    I've been stalking SOAS on TSR, FB, and other pages and it seems like a lot of people aren't very happy there.
    Everyone is writing ''SOAS, what's SOAS'', ''SOAS is only good for languages'', ''The admin is rubbish, ''there are a lot of international students'', ''the lecturers dont care if you do your work'', ''its so low on the league tables'',''its so ****, it has a bad position on the league tables, 50th or something'', there was even one saying that they have mice in the building. MICE FFS

    I cant take a year out, that is completely out of the question.

    I live outside London, and SOAS was the only university I could get into, and they did allow me to. Which is lovely jubly and all.
    But seriously?
    Mice, and slow admin, crap lecture halls, camels and donkeys visiting, no big flashy law firms in contact, is this all true?
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    if this was honestly the case I should have just gone to the University of, i dont know, marshmellow outside of london, so I dont have to spend SO much on living costs and all
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    To say the truth, I dont know much about soas. But your choices are either go into clearing or go to soas, considering you dont want a gap year. If I were you, I'd go to soas. And think about doing a joint degree with a language which might just give your career prospects that boost. Again, just my opinion

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    SOAS is awesome. They were down the road from my apartment, I mooted against them many times.

    Lots of law firms recruit from SOAS, clearly you suck at research.

    Get over yourself and start on that lemonade.

    Also, lecture halls, admin, mice and camels and donkeys visiting has absolutely nothing to do with you. What difference do any of these things make to you? None at all. If you knew anything about university study, you'd know that none of this makes any difference to your university experience.

    If you hate it so much, sit for your retakes. Otherwise, whine, whine like you've never whined in your life and feel miserable for yourself for the rest of summer. I mean this in all seriousness. Get every last hint of self-indulgence and self-pity out of you. Make sure that you go to SOAS with a smile, no matter how forced it may been at the beginning.

    Life has a strange way of making everything work out in the end.

    I thought my life was over when I mucked up my Oxford interview and didn't get in. I still ended up exactly where I wanted to be going to another university instead.
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    Gotta admit, SOAS is a tad more specialised than even LSE, and I'm sure that it may comes with its downsides of smaller departments and whatnot. Doesn't mean it's bad in what it specialises in though.


    But then again, you do realise that pretty much all universities have mice in them right? Even Oxbridge has mice. I'd be willing to wager that the majority of London unis all have mice.



    Truth is, you weren't good enough to get into the place you wanted. Sorry. But that's how life is. Get over it. You didn't get to be born to the world's richest/nicest/best parents (though... maybe richest, considering the whole mice thing), nor were you necessarily born with the most beautiful face in the whole world. Not like you carried on crying since you were born did you? Sooner or later, you've gotta grow up and look around.
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    I'm in a similar position if a remark comes back the same mark. Why can't you take a gap year, resit and reapply to the Unis of your choice ? Did you miss your offers by quite a margin ?
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    Oxford to SOAS. How did you manage that?
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    A problem with foreigners…have fun at soas, you'll be ripped to shreds with a view like that.

    Seriously, its so diverse and multi cultural, and a great place to study, so be thankful you got accepted by what at the end of the day is a great university, or else take a year out and re apply, and find a place fit to your 'standards'.

    What I will say is with the whining you're doing, you dont deserve what you have…


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    (Original post by apolocreed)
    A problem with foreigners…have fun at soas, you'll be ripped to shreds with a view like that.

    Seriously, its so diverse and multi cultural, and a great place to study, so be thankful you got accepted by what at the end of the day is a great university, or else take a year out and re apply, and find a place fit to your 'standards'.

    What I will say is with the whining you're doing, you dont deserve what you have…
    She just missed an Oxford offer ffs - she has a right to feel upset.

    OP, I can't emphasise this enough. You get one chance at funding, so go somewhere you want to be. There is no shame in taking a gap year.
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    (Original post by Octohedral)
    She just missed an Oxford offer ffs - she has a right to feel upset.

    OP, I can't emphasise this enough. You get one chance at funding, so go somewhere you want to be. There is no shame in taking a gap year.
    Reading posts like this, though, I'm delighted that OP isn't going to Oxford. SOAS is a good place to go, it's good for Law, and if you are going to agonise about it being a "****hole" or it's league table position (and frankly, if you put much emphasis on league tables then you're already barking up the wrong tree) then do not go.

    By the way, Oxford is also "full of foreigners" and so are most Universities. It's called multi-culturalism and basing admissions on academic merit. Foreign people can be nice too, and just as intelligent, and you should be thankful they come and pay more money than you do to help make your Uni better.. ;o

    I'm sorry you missed your offers. Stop being a snob.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I missed my offers at three top unis, including Oxford, and now I am going to SOAS for law.

    Yeah i cried like a creep for a few days (my results came out on 6th) but got over it. Told myself to shut up, and woman up.

    I've been stalking SOAS on TSR, FB, and other pages and it seems like it's a right ****hole. No offence.
    Everyone is writing ''SOAS, what's SOAS'', ''SOAS is only good for languages'', ''The admin is ****'', ''it's full of foreigners'', ''the lecturers dont care if you do your work'', ''its so low on the league tables'',''its so ****, it has a bad position on the league tables, 50th or something'', there was even one saying that they have mice in the building. MICE FFS

    I cant take a year out, that is completely out of the question.

    I live outside London, and SOAS was the only other 'decent' university (Or so I thought) I could get into, and they did allow me to. Which is lovely jubly and all.
    But seriously?
    Mice, and slow admin, crap lecture halls, camels and donkeys visiting, no big flashy law firms in contact, is this all true?

    **** my life.
    Well, my dad teaches there and he doesn't seem to think it's a ****hole. And while it may not be *very* high on the league tables lots of its course require A*AA so the calibre of students isn't low at all.

    Yes, the School of Oriental and African Studies has lots of foreign students, and that's not a bad thing. There are just lots of different people and lots of different courses. The lectures will not all be awful, some may not be great but that's the same at most places.

    By all means take a gap year and reapply. But my guess is SOAS will be fine (if not great!) and you'll learn. London still is close to lots of big flashy law firms so they may not be in contact with the uni (though they might be) you'll just have to work for it.
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    I don't understand. The entry requirements for law at SOAS is apparently A*AA how high was your offer at oxford?
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    I don't understand. The entry requirements for law at SOAS is apparently A*AA how high was your offer at oxford?

    SOAS accepted me through clearing. I royally mucked up my A2 grades, though I am going for a remark.

    Oxford had asked me for AAA despite the A*AA requirement.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    SOAS accepted me through clearing. I royally mucked up my A2 grades, though I am going for a remark.

    Oxford had asked me for AAA despite the A*AA requirement.
    What are your current grades?

    I managed to get into LSE, Warwick and Nottingham for Law with a resit year, after missing my LSE offer in August 2012 so look into it.
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    You'd better reapply the next year.
    Realistically, there is around 1% chance that you would manage to get into a top law firm after SOAS, so you still might try to roll the dice on this one.
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    Basically, all of your concerns can be summed up by explaining a simple fact about SOAS students, we absolutely LOVE to complain about everything. Despite the fact that we enjoy our university experience way more than anyone else and would not trade it for anywhere else, nothing seems to make us happier than complaining about the place.

    SOAS is different, but in a really good way. All of my friends who come to visit from places like UCL, Kings, Queen Mary etc they all agree that there is really no place like SOAS and coincidentally whereas I have no interest in spending anytime at their unis they always seem to be hanging out at SOAS.

    ''SOAS, what's SOAS'', the school of oriental of african studies thats what
    ''SOAS is only good for languages'', and pretty much everything else we study here including history, law, economics, politics, development, anthropology etc
    ''The admin is rubbish,'' but its getting better year on year and most students will never encounter any issues with them at all
    ''there are a lot of international students'', this is something incredible about SOAS, you leave the place with such great experience of different cultures and perspectives
    ''the lecturers dont care if you do your work'', tell that to all the people who get failed the entire year because they failed to submit just one of their assignments
    ''its so low on the league tables'',''its so ****, it has a bad position on the league tables, 50th or something'', erm, we fell to an all-time low of 30 in some league tables because of funding cuts and have immediately risen back up to the low twenties and high teens in some, we were 11th-15th only a couple of years ago and in the 90s we were regularly in the top ten and going as high as 5th


    So that was a polemical take on your questions by a proud, recently graduated SOASian, I hope they alleviated your concerns and if you have anymore just fire away
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    SOAS Law LLB is in Clearing right now (one among 274 SOAS courses in Clearing this year).

    SOAS isn't for you if the sight of 'foreigners' is too much for you. Please do SOAS a favour and stay away if that's your attitude.
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    Hi,
    I understand that you may feel rather disappointed right now, after having your heart set on a different university - and it being Oxford at that! However, SOAS IS an amazing university! Do not go on what league tables say, they're vague, rigid and do not do SOAS justice.
    SOAS is internationally renowned for its research and teaching, in not just languages but all sorts of work. It may not be as popular as it should be in Britain, but across the world it is a highly praised university! Trust me, I have so many international friends who are jealous of me for attending SOAS this Autumn! Additionally, Law students from SOAS are really popular because they offer a niche to their degree that other students do not offer due to the heavy focus on international law within the degree.
    I have a friend who TURNED DOWN Cambridge to go to SOAS, and she does not regret it one bit.

    However, if you really feel SOAS is not for you. Perhaps a year out would be a better idea than rushing into a degree at a university you do not want to attend. You said a year out was out of the question, but you could use it to get experience, travel, and most importantly, be young! A career can wait a mere year surely?
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    (Original post by CEKTOP)
    You'd better reapply the next year.
    Realistically, there is around 1% chance that you would manage to get into a top law firm after SOAS, so you still might try to roll the dice on this one.
    As a member of the Academic staff in the School of Law can I just say this post is based on a very outdated view of SOAS! This summer over 5% of our LLB graduates were recruited by just one Magic Circle Law firm (Clifford Chance). Top law firms want students with a global perspective which is why so many of them are now sponsoring events in the School of Law.
 
 
 
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