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    So I know this hasn't been active in a veeery long time but I was wondering if any potential Clare applicants/current students could tell me a little bit about their experiences? I only ask because I can't seem to find anyone else applying! Thank you
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    Just wondering, does anybody know what sort of BMAT score Clare are looking for? My past papers are going ok, but I'm not sure what they would deem to be good enough...
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    Any law applicants?
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    (Original post by blue2337)
    So I know this hasn't been active in a veeery long time but I was wondering if any potential Clare applicants/current students could tell me a little bit about their experiences? I only ask because I can't seem to find anyone else applying! Thank you
    Me! I'm applying for English here and I can't find anyone else xx
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    (Original post by BellaFern)
    Me! I'm applying for English here and I can't find anyone else xx
    That's awesome! I absolutely adore English and was going to apply for it but went down the route of language and Linguistics instead! How did your ELAT go? What subjects do you do, and why did you choose English at Clare?
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    (Original post by blue2337)
    That's awesome! I absolutely adore English and was going to apply for it but went down the route of language and Linguistics instead! How did your ELAT go? What subjects do you do, and why did you choose English at Clare?
    My ELAT went alright, I was quite pleased although I realised retrospectively I had used the word "polysyndetic" slightly incorrectly...

    I do Music, English literature and Art, so quite a creative bunch I suppose? What do you do? Clare seemed right for me, I loved its slightly less traditionalist approach, whilst being such a historically rich college. one of the English follows specialises in 20th century poetry, and as an imagist, confessional and beat fanatic this seemed right up my street! Also, John Berryman went there which is ideal for a Confessional Poetry enthusiast. I have some mental health stuff and special requirements and their welfare team is one of the best at Cambridge and for me I wanted somewhere I could continue getting the kind of support I'm getting. Oh and it's pretty. Super pretty. How about you? Why Clare? Why linguistics? I'd love some fellow applicant friends xx
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    (Original post by BellaFern)
    My ELAT went alright, I was quite pleased although I realised retrospectively I had used the word "polysyndetic" slightly incorrectly... I do Music, English literature and Art, so quite a creative bunch I suppose? What do you do? Clare seemed right for me, I loved its slightly less traditionalist approach, whilst being such a historically rich college. one of the English follows specialises in 20th century poetry, and as an imagist, confessional and beat fanatic this seemed right up my street! Also, John Berryman went there which is ideal for a Confessional Poetry enthusiast. I have some mental health stuff and special requirements and their welfare team is one of the best at Cambridge and for me I wanted somewhere I could continue getting the kind of support I'm getting. Oh and it's pretty. Super pretty. How about you? Why Clare? Why linguistics? I'd love some fellow applicant friends xx
    Well done!!!! I wouldn't worry about it, I'm sure the rest of your essay was spectacular! I looked at the ELAT typical questions and they look so difficult, so I'm very impressed!

    Oh wow, that's such a fantastic combination, and I think 'creative' is an understatement haha! I do English Lit, Lang and History, plus Class Civ at AS. Ooh, which English Lit board/spec do you do, and which books are you studying? I'm doing OCR which is a really great combination of Jacobean literature (Shakespeare and John Webster), Modernist (can Joyce be classified as 'modernist'?), American literature (Gatsby, Streetcar and Grapes of Wrath), 21st Century poetry (Seamus Heaney ugh), and Paradise Lost. What's your favourite/preferred type of literature, or any particular period of lit that you like? I know you mention Confessional which is awesome, I love Sylvia Plath which I guess belongs to that movement (though ee cummings is my all time favourite)? I'll look up Berryman though!

    Oh gosh, mental health struggles? I'm sorry to hear that and I won't pry any further, but actually I didn't know that about the welfare team - that's an added bonus! I have a couple of very minor mental health things too (not to any great extent of needing special requirements though!) and it's always nice to know that there's a good support team - I hope you're able to get the help you need hun

    Why Clare? As you said, utterly gorgeous, the mix of introversion and extroversion suited me, the people on the open day seemed friendly, the location is ideal and the library in Mem Court is beautiful! Why Linguistics? I'm fascinated by the internal mechanisms behind language and the many facets of language acquision, processing and production. I love literature, but what I loved about it was analysing specific words and looking at their context, connotations, etymology and semantic impact within a piece of literature. Plus, I'm super indecisive and love lots of different subjects, and Linguistics combines foreign languages with English Lit (how language is used in particular texts/discourses or how writers use language), History (language change and shifts), Maths (linguistics as logic), Philosophy (what is language? what is the sign? etc), Psychology (psycholinguistics), Sociology (sociolinguistics), Biology (neurolinguistics/speech therapy) and much more!

    Gosh I've written you an essay, I'm so sorry! In order to not clog up this forum, I'll private message you if you like, and we can chat about year 13 and applications and all that jazz!
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    Did anyone here do the BMAT today?
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    I'm applying to study Geography - and an doing English Literature, Psychology and Geography at A-level. I'm apply this year, but am deffering - I want to see the word and develop my experiences and knowledge further before uni 😊. Sorry obviously didn't do the BMAT, I did the GAA, but my friend wasn't doing her BMAT at the same time - she said it was difficult 😊
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    Hey guys! I know there's already a Clare College applicants and students thread, but it doesn't have much activity so I thought I'd create this to get the ball rolling, why doesn't everyone post their:

    Course
    GCSE grades (or equivalent)
    AS Level grades (or equivalent)
    Predicted grades
    What attracted them to Clare?

    It would also be great to discuss when people start getting interviews etc. as well as any advice/worries people have.

    Good luck to everyone applying!
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    Hi!

    I'm applying for Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion.
    GCSEs = 8A*s 3As
    AS Level = AAB and an A* in EPQ
    Predicted = A* A* A*


    What attracted me to Clare.. Both of my sisters have been there so I have sort of always visited it and it is so beautiful . Also, I love the position in relation to the city centre, and the friendly feel as well as a sense of relative normality from the people who I've met from there. Also the accommodation is good and they don't have any really silly rules
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    (Original post by VL100)
    Hi!

    I'm applying for Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion.
    GCSEs = 8A*s 3As
    AS Level = AAB and an A* in EPQ
    Predicted = A* A* A*


    What attracted me to Clare.. Both of my sisters have been there so I have sort of always visited it and it is so beautiful . Also, I love the position in relation to the city centre, and the friendly feel as well as a sense of relative normality from the people who I've met from there. Also the accommodation is good and they don't have any really silly rules
    Aha ye from what I've heard the people there are all very normal and friendly... it just seems to have a very calm and down to earth vibe, which seems really great!

    I actually have quite a funny story of how I chose Clare - I was at Cambridge for an open day struggling to choose between Trinity and Trinity Hall, but there was lots putting me off both. I was standing in Trinity Hall looking over the river and saw the Clare gardens and instantly fell in love. Mistakenly thinking they were Trinity Hall's gardens, I decided I would definitely apply there. But then I tried to reach them and I couldn't work out where to go - I got lost for about an hour lol. When I got home I realised that they belonged to Clare, and after a bit of research of the college I realised it was perfect!
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    (Original post by theravadaz)
    Aha ye from what I've heard the people there are all very normal and friendly... it just seems to have a very calm and down to earth vibe, which seems really great!

    I actually have quite a funny story of how I chose Clare - I was at Cambridge for an open day struggling to choose between Trinity and Trinity Hall, but there was lots putting me off both. I was standing in Trinity Hall looking over the river and saw the Clare gardens and instantly fell in love. Mistakenly thinking they were Trinity Hall's gardens, I decided I would definitely apply there. But then I tried to reach them and I couldn't work out where to go - I got lost for about an hour lol. When I got home I realised that they belonged to Clare, and after a bit of research of the college I realised it was perfect!

    Aw at least you'll have something good to reminisce about if you end up there! The gardens are beautiful. And that's not even mentioning Clare Bridge
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    (Original post by VL100)
    Aw at least you'll have something good to reminisce about if you end up there! The gardens are beautiful. And that's not even mentioning Clare Bridge
    aha that's a big if...
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    (Original post by theravadaz)
    aha that's a big if...

    Yeah, same. Its weird to think that in three weeks at most we'll know if our dream is completely over or if we can continue to hope..

    What have you applied for?
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    (Original post by VL100)
    Yeah, same. Its weird to think that in three weeks at most we'll know if our dream is completely over or if we can continue to hope..

    What have you applied for?
    lol tbh I prefer not to think about it. In terms of my application...

    Course - Philosophy
    GCSE grades - 10A* 1A
    AS Levels - AAAA
    Predicted grades - A*A*A*
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    (Original post by theravadaz)
    lol tbh I prefer not to think about. In terms of my application...

    Course - Philosophy
    GCSE grades - 10A* 1A
    AS Levels - AAAA
    Predicted grades - A*A*A*
    That's probably a good plan tbh
    Wow, that's amazing! My B at AS is the bane of my life... luckily it was in French not RS, but still so frustrating (especially as the entire class dropped a grade so something must have gone wrong for us all)
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    (Original post by VL100)
    That's probably a good plan tbh
    Wow, that's amazing! My B at AS is the bane of my life... luckily it was in French not RS, but still so frustrating (especially as the entire class dropped a grade so something must have gone wrong for us all)
    I wouldn't worry too much about it! Given your predicted grades are perfect, I'm sure Clare will clock that there was something weird with the exam.

    Did u do mostly linear or reformed subjects?
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    (Original post by theravadaz)
    I wouldn't worry too much about it! Given your predicted grades are perfect, I'm sure Clare will clock that there was something weird with the exam.

    Did u do mostly linear or reformed subjects?
    I did AS in 3/4 subjects. My school chose not to do the standalone AS type thing for linear ones so I just had mocks for history but I got As in those. You? I really hope so- I was quite close to an A as well (about 3 marks I think) so hopefully they'll see that. Do you think we're the only two applicants for Clare?
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    (Original post by VL100)
    I did AS in 3/4 subjects. My school chose not to do the standalone AS type thing for linear ones so I just had mocks for history but I got As in those. You? I really hope so- I was quite close to an A as well (about 3 marks I think) so hopefully they'll see that. Do you think we're the only two applicants for Clare?
    ah fair enough. All of mine were modular apart from English (which I ended up dropping), but I still had to take the AS exam anyway which is quite annoying.

    lol I'm sure if we just keep the thread going eventually people will turn up. I know one person from my school applying there for Classics, but thankfully haven't found anyone yet applying for the same course
 
 
 

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