Rejecting LSE Economics offer to reapply to OxfordWatch
A friend of mine, rejected by Oxford for E&M, is considering rejecting the offer he received from LSE to read Economics in order to reapply to Oxford. Does anyone agree that doing this would be absolutely insane?
I think he'll see sense eventually...but the deadline's very soon and he's really dragging his heels.
E&M is the most competitive of all the unergrad courses. Rather him than me...
I may as well try and throw something semi-constructive into the melting pot now.
It is, in my opinion, ludicrous to reject the LSE offer to read economics - statisically, it is a triumph to get an offer at a place (and on a course) of this standing.
I can understand how several people who are yet to experience academic 'catastrophies' in life may react in the said way to an Oxford rejection. In my opinion though, rejecting the LSE and trying to gain admission to Oxford (for a second time) throws up more pitfalls than potential gains.
That is not to say though that your friend will not gain admission to Oxford - as mentioned previously, constructive use of a gap-year can only be a positive thing.
At the end of the day, what it comes down to (in my opinion) is a kind of obstinacy which is engendered by high academic attainment and the imperious self-confidence that sailing through GCSEs, A-level, IB etc. brings about.
I sincerely believe that your friend would make just as good a fist of it at the LSE as would be the case at Oxford. It may be the case that to achieve peace of mind, your friend feels it necessary to embark on a year of relative uncertainty, rather than opt for the sensible solution that sits on Houghton St.