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    I'm aware that a lot of this forum is discussing how to get in, or which college to apply to, but I need advice about whether to apply at all. Academically wise I stand a chance, I got straight A*'s at GCSE at A Level. However, I worry that the work load is so intense/ stressful that I wouldn't be able to cope. I am generally the kind of person who stays fairly on top of their work and am keenly aware that it is next to impossible to feel 'on top of things' at Oxbridge. How do you find the workload, is it too much to cope with? Far worse than a levels? Secondly I worry that I will end up with no social life, which I know is perhaps a irrational fear, but with everyone working so hard how many nights a week can you actually socialise? Do you actually enjoy the university experience? From these questions you may get the impression that all I want is to go to uni socialise and not work. That's not the case at all, I love my subject and enjoy revision, but at the same time I am concerned about the step up from a level to uni. I have a lot of one sided biased opinions from my school (who desperately want me to apply) but if I could hear some more pros and cons and some other opinions that would be extremely helpful. Thanks so much
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    What course are you doing?

    I would highly advise you lose this idea of being 'on top of things', you never will (unless you are top 5 in your course).

    Oxbridge really isn't difficult, people fall down when they start worrying and panicking about all the 'important' things they need to do.

    It is way harder than A level, you will cover a whole A level in a week or so.

    In terms of social life I went out (got ridiculously drunk) 3-4 times a week first two years, socialised to some extend every night and played loads of sports.
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    (Original post by maisym00)
    I'm aware that a lot of this forum is discussing how to get in, or which college to apply to, but I need advice about whether to apply at all. Academically wise I stand a chance, I got straight A*'s at GCSE at A Level. However, I worry that the work load is so intense/ stressful that I wouldn't be able to cope. I am generally the kind of person who stays fairly on top of their work and am keenly aware that it is next to impossible to feel 'on top of things' at Oxbridge. How do you find the workload, is it too much to cope with? Far worse than a levels? Secondly I worry that I will end up with no social life, which I know is perhaps a irrational fear, but with everyone working so hard how many nights a week can you actually socialise? Do you actually enjoy the university experience? From these questions you may get the impression that all I want is to go to uni socialise and not work. That's not the case at all, I love my subject and enjoy revision, but at the same time I am concerned about the step up from a level to uni. I have a lot of one sided biased opinions from my school (who desperately want me to apply) but if I could hear some more pros and cons and some other opinions that would be extremely helpful. Thanks so much
    Don't get all swept up in the hype and hyperbole. You only have to look at the number of clubs and societies there are in Cambridge and Oxford to see that students live perfectly normal social lives and enjoy student life just like they would anywhere else. Yes, it's a bit more intense, yes, it's a bit harder, and yes, it's a bit more fun!
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    What course are you doing?

    I would highly advise you lose this idea of being 'on top of things', you never will (unless you are top 5 in your course).

    Oxbridge really isn't difficult, people fall down when they start worrying and panicking about all the 'important' things they need to do.

    It is way harder than A level, you will cover a whole A level in a week or so.

    In terms of social life I went out (got ridiculously drunk) 3-4 times a week first two years, socialised to some extend every night and played loads of sports.
    Thanks for the response Either PBS at Cambridge or experimental psychology at Oxford, am currently deciding between the two. What course did you do? For my a levels I did a medium amount of work but most of that was exam technique rather than content, as the content I picked up instantly, so I guess I'm concerned that I'll get to Oxbridge and not be able to cope with the feeling behind as I've never been in that situation before. That's good to hear, I think I've been fed wrong information in terms of the social lives of Oxbridge students.
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    Don't get all swept up in the hype and hyperbole. You only have to look at the number of clubs and societies there are in Cambridge and Oxford to see that students live perfectly normal social lives and enjoy student life just like they would anywhere else. Yes, it's a bit more intense, yes, it's a bit harder, and yes, it's a bit more fun!
    Thankyou, glad to hear that! I go to a very below average state school, and whenever I talk to my friends about Oxbridge I always get the response 'ah you'll have no social life' so I'm glad to know that's just ignorant comments and not fact
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    (Original post by maisym00)
    I'm aware that a lot of this forum is discussing how to get in, or which college to apply to, but I need advice about whether to apply at all. Academically wise I stand a chance, I got straight A*'s at GCSE at A Level. However, I worry that the work load is so intense/ stressful that I wouldn't be able to cope. I am generally the kind of person who stays fairly on top of their work and am keenly aware that it is next to impossible to feel 'on top of things' at Oxbridge. How do you find the workload, is it too much to cope with? Far worse than a levels? Secondly I worry that I will end up with no social life, which I know is perhaps a irrational fear, but with everyone working so hard how many nights a week can you actually socialise? Do you actually enjoy the university experience? From these questions you may get the impression that all I want is to go to uni socialise and not work. That's not the case at all, I love my subject and enjoy revision, but at the same time I am concerned about the step up from a level to uni. I have a lot of one sided biased opinions from my school (who desperately want me to apply) but if I could hear some more pros and cons and some other opinions that would be extremely helpful. Thanks so much
    Hey there,

    The workload sounds terrifying when you're not there yet, but you actually get used to it pretty quickly. You've just got to prioritise and be very good at time management. It is intense for certain, and I do know people who genuinely went elsewhere because they didn't want to be writing an essay every week, but I loved it because it really gave me the chance to improve my writing and knowledge much more quickly than I would have elsewhere. It also helps to be good at exams, which you probably are. I'd definitely say at least apply, and then you can make a decision about whether you want to go or not when you have all your offers through
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    (Original post by maisym00)
    Thankyou, glad to hear that! I go to a very below average state school, and whenever I talk to my friends about Oxbridge I always get the response 'ah you'll have no social life' so I'm glad to know that's just ignorant comments and not fact
    I guess they've all got a lot of experience of Oxbridge undergrad life. No? Can they even point to 'it' on a map? Don't live your life by the cliches and stereotypes your friends follow.
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    I guess they've all got a lot of experience of Oxbridge undergrad life. No? Can they even point to 'it' on a map? Don't live your life by the cliches and stereotypes your friends follow.
    I know, I agree with you, which is why I'm trying to find out more information from people who actually go there.
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    (Original post by maisym00)
    I'm aware that a lot of this forum is discussing how to get in, or which college to apply to, but I need advice about whether to apply at all. Academically wise I stand a chance, I got straight A*'s at GCSE at A Level. However, I worry that the work load is so intense/ stressful that I wouldn't be able to cope. I am generally the kind of person who stays fairly on top of their work and am keenly aware that it is next to impossible to feel 'on top of things' at Oxbridge. How do you find the workload, is it too much to cope with? Far worse than a levels? Secondly I worry that I will end up with no social life, which I know is perhaps a irrational fear, but with everyone working so hard how many nights a week can you actually socialise? Do you actually enjoy the university experience? From these questions you may get the impression that all I want is to go to uni socialise and not work. That's not the case at all, I love my subject and enjoy revision, but at the same time I am concerned about the step up from a level to uni. I have a lot of one sided biased opinions from my school (who desperately want me to apply) but if I could hear some more pros and cons and some other opinions that would be extremely helpful. Thanks so much
    Hi maisym00,

    Oxbridge is certainly hard work but if you are already used to working hard you will very quickly get into the flow of things.
    Don't worry about the balance work/socialising, there are plenty of occasions to go out and have fun as well! You will know about that straight away with Freshers Week at the beginning of your first term!

    You can check out these blogs that will give you an idea of what student life is like at Oxbridge.

    Hope this helps and don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

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    It admit it can be frustrating when your old school friends seem to be doing no work at all whilst you are super busy, but it doesn't prohibit socialising no. 35-40 hours per week working is the polled average. Certainly, college 1st 8s have time to do 8 rowing training sessions per week and socials without too much strain - if they can do it you can too! I genuinely probably spent more time in the college bar/pool room than working in first year!
 
 
 
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