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    I achieved my offer to begin study at Cambridge this October. However, I'm anorexic and have a bmi of 12. This will be picked up at the health check which my college gives all new students and I would be considered "unfit to study"

    What will happen? Will they kick me out? If so, would I be kicked out permanently and have to reapply next year? Or, will they let me in once I'm healthy?
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    Have you considered deferring your offer for a year whilst you recover and beginning your course in 2017?
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    (Original post by Hamo2509)
    Have you considered deferring your offer for a year whilst you recover and beginning your course in 2017?
    Would they let me defer?
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    (Original post by SalGal)
    I achieved my offer to begin study at Cambridge this October. However, I'm anorexic and have a bmi of 12. This will be picked up at the health check which my college gives all new students and I would be considered "unfit to study"

    What will happen? Will they kick me out? If so, would I be kicked out permanently and have to reapply next year? Or, will they let me in once I'm healthy?
    Ask for a prescription of high carbohydrate drinks from your GP. It'll help with the weight gaining immensely. Also, no, they won't kick you out, but I'm certain they may want to discuss with you ( in an attempt to get you better of course).
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    (Original post by SalGal)
    Would they let me defer?
    You'd be best speaking to the admissions team directly. Be completely honest with them and ask what your options are. I'm sure it's nothing that they haven't dealt with before - Cambridge is one of the oldest universities in the world!
    All the best with your recovery.
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    (Original post by SalGal)
    Would they let me defer?
    Far more likely to allow it if you contact them in advance and explain the situation, especially if you have support from parents and your GP/psychiatrist. Anorexia is never going to have a quick fix, and the stress of the Cambridge environment can make people worse, so it would be very sensible to try to improve your health before going to university. Well done for acknowledging the problem, and good luck with your recovery.
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    (Original post by SalGal)
    I achieved my offer to begin study at Cambridge this October. However, I'm anorexic and have a bmi of 12. This will be picked up at the health check which my college gives all new students and I would be considered "unfit to study"

    What will happen? Will they kick me out? If so, would I be kicked out permanently and have to reapply next year? Or, will they let me in once I'm healthy?
    Been wondering why you are so concerned about registering with a local Cambridge GP.......


    To start with, there're many students with various kind of health issues at Cambridge, both physical and mental, who are leading a 'normal' life as a student as their condition allows them sometimes with some extra help from their college and university. They will not bluntly reject someone only because they have some health issue.

    However, your college needs to know about your problem so that they can take that into account in your care and can help you when you need it. And the life as a Cambridge student is really intense and demanding, you really must be sure yourself your problem is under control and can cope with the life there for your own sake, not because how your college or department may think of your condition.
    As long as you can prove you can, the support system at Cambridge for student with health issues is, in general, very good, so you can rely on it.

    What you need to do now is to contact your college asap and discuss about the issue.
    And your condition is even more of a reason you need to register with a local Cambridge when you start there in case you need some assistance and care.
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    Far more likely to allow it if you contact them in advance and explain the situation, especially if you have support from parents and your GP/psychiatrist. Anorexia is never going to have a quick fix, and the stress of the Cambridge environment can make people worse, so it would be very sensible to try to improve your health before going to university. Well done for acknowledging the problem, and good luck with your recovery.
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    Been wondering why you are so concerned about registering with a local Cambridge GP.......


    To start with, there're many students with various kind of health issues at Cambridge, both physical and mental, who are leading a 'normal' life as a student as their condition allows them sometimes with some extra help from their college and university. They will not bluntly reject someone only because they have some health issue.

    However, your college needs to know about your problem so that they can take that into account in your care and can help you when you need it. And the life as a Cambridge student is really intense and demanding, you really must be sure yourself your problem is under control and can cope with the life there for your own sake, not because how your college or department may think of your condition.
    As long as you can prove you can, the support system at Cambridge for student with health issues is, in general, very good, so you can rely on it.

    What you need to do now is to contact your college asap and discuss about the issue.
    And your condition is even more of a reason you need to register with a local Cambridge when you start there in case you need some assistance and care.
    (Original post by Hamo2509)
    You'd be best speaking to the admissions team directly. Be completely honest with them and ask what your options are. I'm sure it's nothing that they haven't dealt with before - Cambridge is one of the oldest universities in the world!
    All the best with your recovery.
    Thank you all. The thing is, I'd much rather not defer and begin in October with everyone else.

    I need to gain 16kg to be a healthy week and there's only 7 weeks until term starts.

    I can't decide whether it would be better to try and gain the weight in the next 7 weeks, or ask to defer my offer instead.
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    (Original post by SalGal)
    Thank you all. The thing is, I'd much rather not defer and begin in October with everyone else.

    I need to gain 16kg to be a healthy week and there's only 7 weeks until term starts.

    I can't decide whether it would be better to try and gain the weight in the next 7 weeks, or ask to defer my offer instead.
    Speak to the uni and your GP or outpatient care. They'll have lots of useful advice, I'm sure.
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    (Original post by SalGal)
    Thank you all. The thing is, I'd much rather not defer and begin in October with everyone else.

    I need to gain 16kg to be a healthy week and there's only 7 weeks until term starts.

    I can't decide whether it would be better to try and gain the weight in the next 7 weeks, or ask to defer my offer instead.
    I think it would be better to talk to your specialist (if you have one?) about what would be sensible for you, and come up with plans for both managing your eating and preventing stress-induced relapses before you start at uni. Deferring an offer isn't the end of the world, there are loads of fun things you can do on a gap year!
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    (Original post by SalGal)
    Thank you all. The thing is, I'd much rather not defer and begin in October with everyone else.

    I need to gain 16kg to be a healthy week and there's only 7 weeks until term starts.

    I can't decide whether it would be better to try and gain the weight in the next 7 weeks, or ask to defer my offer instead.
    How are you coping in daily life at the moment? As long as you don't have a major issue regularly and can lead a more or less 'normal' life, it shouldn't be too much of a problem.
    You've met their offer, so they know you're academically able-enough for their course. I don't think they'll revoke your offer, but it really is not a easy life there, both mentally and physically, so you really really need to be sensible in your decision.
    There're lots of students who defer the entry, so you will not be alone in that situation.

    Discuss with your GP or any specialist you've been seeing who knows about your condition very well and please let your college know about it asap.
    You can't keep on hiding those kind of thing and it's extremely important they are in the loop.
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    (Original post by SalGal)
    Thank you all. The thing is, I'd much rather not defer and begin in October with everyone else.

    I need to gain 16kg to be a healthy week and there's only 7 weeks until term starts.

    I can't decide whether it would be better to try and gain the weight in the next 7 weeks, or ask to defer my offer instead.
    You aren't really thinking about this clearly. First of all, there will be another set of 'everyone else' next year, there's one every year, loads of people take one gap year, some even two. So you will fit in perfectly with your cohort, whatever year you start.

    Second, the issue isn't whether you can put on 16kg in 7 weeks, there's no 'minimum weight standard' for students, the question is whether you are well enough to keep up with the rigorous demands of academic and general student life at Cambridge.

    As vincrows and Helenia have said, you are best off having an open and honest conversation with both your current medical team and your College. College will certainly have experience of this.
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    (Original post by SalGal)
    I achieved my offer to begin study at Cambridge this October. However, I'm anorexic and have a bmi of 12. This will be picked up at the health check which my college gives all new students and I would be considered "unfit to study"

    What will happen? Will they kick me out? If so, would I be kicked out permanently and have to reapply next year? Or, will they let me in once I'm healthy?
    Please care about yourself. Do not gain weight that quickly. One kilogram per weak is enough and you can continue that treatment during the first term. Ask for the deffered entry and take care of yourself. Your health is far more important than a year at Cambridge. It seems more sensible to me to take a gap year!
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    Speaking as someone who's been anorexic (and I'm sure you know this, but I'm not sure everyone in this thread does), a BMI of 12 is extremely dangerous. I'd strongly urge you to defer entry and focus upon recovering, which isn't going to happen in 7 weeks.
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    I would go for getting well first and deferring. you arent going to be at your best or be able to make the best of it until you get the anoerxia under control. More importnat than Uni. Go when you have a complete handle on it.
 
 
 
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