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    Having won a place at Cambridge last year I happily sent off my certificates for matriculation and financial guarantee to meet the June deadline. So you can imagine my complete consternation when the post office returned them to me FIVE DAYS ago. I sent them off again and phoned up the admissions office - everything was fine, thank goodness.

    However, the short panic reminded me of applying, stressing over interviews and the pressure to write the best essays of my life...sooo glad it's over. Is anyone experiencing a similar thing now? Or maybe you've applied and are just about to get your results?

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    Having won a place at Cambridge last year I happily sent off my certificates for matriculation and financial guarantee to meet the June deadline. So you can imagine my complete consternation when the post office returned them to me FIVE DAYS ago. I sent them off again and phoned up the admissions office - everything was fine, thank goodness.

    However, the short panic reminded me of applying, stressing over interviews and the pressure to write the best essays of my life...sooo glad it's over. Is anyone experiencing a similar thing now? Or maybe you've applied and are just about to get your results?
    Which college were you accepted for? I've just finished my first year at Cambridge. Are you starting in October?
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    Which college were you accepted for? I've just finished my first year at Cambridge. Are you starting in October?
    I applied to and was accepted to Newnham. Some of my Mum's friends went there and said they loved it but I didn't seriously consider it until I had visited the other colleges I had in mind. Apart from the lack of men I preferred it to anywhere else I'd been. I am starting in October to read Archaeology and Anthropology. What college r u at and what do u study?

    I applied, and was accepted for Maths at Trinity. However, I really don't think I have made my offer. Furthermore, I don't think I've missed my offer closely enough to be considered.

    Oh well, I guess I can only blame myself. I will probably be going to Bath instead and hope that I can do my pHD at Cambridge.
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    I applied, and was accepted for Maths at Trinity. However, I really don't think I have made my offer. Furthermore, I don't think I've missed my offer closely enough to be considered.

    Oh well, I guess I can only blame myself. I will probably be going to Bath instead and hope that I can do my pHD at Cambridge.
    Hey, the results aren't out yet so you can't be sure. Also you took a step paper (right?) and you must have performed very well on that to receive an offer. So they have more than just your A'levels to go on. Also the As and A2s are loosing face quicker than a wax doll in the desert so they will hopefully rely more on their own assessment. When are the results out anyway? (I'm on a gap year and am already out of touch!) Do you live near Bath?
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    When are the results out anyway? (I'm on a gap year and am already out of touch!)
    A week to the day.

    Thursday 14th August.
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    (Original post by Haz)
    Having won a place at Cambridge last year I happily sent off my certificates for matriculation and financial guarantee to meet the June deadline. So you can imagine my complete consternation when the post office returned them to me FIVE DAYS ago. I sent them off again and phoned up the admissions office - everything was fine, thank goodness.

    However, the short panic reminded me of applying, stressing over interviews and the pressure to write the best essays of my life...sooo glad it's over. Is anyone experiencing a similar thing now? Or maybe you've applied and are just about to get your results?
    I've just applied to Cambridge and I am now taking a gap year after A-levels. I feel a bit stressed out because of the interviews. Could you give me some hints for the interviews? What is more important, detailed knowledge of your A-level syllabus or extra-curricular reading? To what extent are the admissions tutors suspicious of A-level grades, do you think? Most of all, could you tell me how you prepared for the interviews and how your interviews were? Thanks a lot!!!
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    I've applied for Trinity and am already totally nervous...
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    Hi Haz,
    haven't sent you an email yet because nothing has been going on. They said they will notify me if I am to receive an interview by the end of november. Do you think I'll hear anything earlier than that? Also I thought cambridge interviews everyone but obviously I'm wrong. Right now I'm also stressed about the BMAT---I take it in about a week and a half.

    I've applied to kings to do english and am excessively stressing my essays up. how important are the essays that you send in as part of your application? and why have i had to fill in such an excess of forms, which one is most important, why do i keep stressfully repeating myself?
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    I've applied to kings to do english and am excessively stressing my essays up. how important are the essays that you send in as part of your application? and why have i had to fill in such an excess of forms, which one is most important, why do i keep stressfully repeating myself?
    English at Kings - ambitious eh?

    why so?
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    why so?
    It's heavily oversubscribed.
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    Pffft...they all are.

    St.John's sent me the same form too. Asking all about my AS/A2 level modules and suchlike.

    It's good to know they didn't actually take enough of a look at my PAINSTAKINGLY COMPLETED application PACK to realise that I am not doing AS/A2. The best part is where it says "not all questions will be relevant to you", so does that mean I just skip them or fill them in anyway with total crap? Fun! Gives me something to do, I guess. I quite like forms.

    Still. Looking forward to the interviews now. Woooooo!

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    Pffft...they all are.

    St.John's sent me the same form too. Asking all about my AS/A2 level modules and suchlike.

    It's good to know they didn't actually take enough of a look at my PAINSTAKINGLY COMPLETED application PACK to realise that I am not doing AS/A2. The best part is where it says "not all questions will be relevant to you", so does that mean I just skip them or fill them in anyway with total crap? Fun! Gives me something to do, I guess. I quite like forms.

    Still. Looking forward to the interviews now. Woooooo!

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    Uh, which form are you guys talking about? Is that the Cambridge (or Preliminary) Application form, or is there another one, too? In this case, I haven't got it. Did the college send it to you?
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    Yeah in Girton's case it's yellow (not sure about the others), is it seriously due to oversubscription???
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    Uh, which form are you guys talking about? Is that the Cambridge (or Preliminary) Application form, or is there another one, too? In this case, I haven't got it. Did the college send it to you?
    John's sent me a letter saying they received my application form and my fee. With this letter, they included various details of the interview process and also a four page form to fill in, which looks like a repeat of most of the questions on the CAF form but with a very A level-related scheme. Probably part of some "widening access" initiative.

    Undergraduate CAFs are blue, mature are yellow and there is a pink one for affiliated students.

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    Hi guys, it is I. In answer to all questions;

    * If you get good grades, you will necessarily have a good grasp of your subject. Supplement with some extra curric. background reading for interview. I say "some" because you don't want to become drawn too much into what some crusty academic said when they're ultimately interested in you. read enough to feel comfortable and be able to talk confidently about your subject.

    * Saph, don't stress, you may hear anytime during Novemeber, don't read anything into it. Just forget untill you hear from them. Most but not all applicants are interviewed. As I recall you spoke to the admissions tutor who advised you to apply - a good sign IMO. Keep me posted!

    * Very hard to give interview advice as they vary hugely from subject to subject, but a few basic pointers:

    Be yourself - don't pretend to be a rara academic if you're not - they'll see right through it. Be yourself and demonstrate your genuine enthusiasm.

    Stay calm - it's not the be all and end all - remeber, you should also be using it as an opportunity to see whether you would want to study here - Cambridge doesn't suit all.

    Read enough to feel confident. Be in touch with current affairs that relate to your subject if poss. If you're an archaeologist it wouldn't look good if you didn't know about the most recent important find.

    If the interviewer gets tough - don't panic, they just want to see that you can respond well. If you can't think of an answer, tell them your thought processes and be honest.

    Very general, as I said. Also it usually helps to know what area your interviewer specialises in - eg if you're a social anthropologist you don't want to go unprepared into an interview with a biological anthropologist!

    Good luck to all those applying - let us know how you get on.

    Haz xx

    Hey Haz am an arch and anth applicant also, for Clare college,
    big up the A&A crew!!!
    Any pointers for the interviews would be greatly welcomed, i haven't heard when mine is yet so am just a little bit nervous, hope to see you around in 2004,
    Holly :-)
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    Hey, I've applied to Girton .. still have completed their application form yet. Should really do it soon before the postal strikes hit my area
 
 
 
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