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    I'm an international student, and I've just finished my A Levels and gotten A*A*A. I currently have an unconditional offer from UCL, but I'm wondering if its worth withdrawing my application, and then taking a gap year to reapply to Oxford. Do you think I'll have much success with my grades, and will all the effort I put in really be worth it should I get in?
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    (Original post by Ali Adenwala)
    I'm an international student, and I've just finished my A Levels and gotten A*A*A. I currently have an unconditional offer from UCL, but I'm wondering if its worth withdrawing my application, and then taking a gap year to reapply to Oxford. Do you think I'll have much success with my grades, and will all the effort I put in really be worth it should I get in?
    My general advice for situations like these is only consider it if you have plans for a gap year that would mean you wouldn't feel like you've wasted a year if you don't get in. Regardless of how good your grades are there's absolutely no way to guarantee that you'll get into Oxford and whilst it's a great university, so is UCL and it's very unlikely to be worth wasting a year of your life just to get in. So if you've got ideas as to how you might spend your gap year constructively and you wouldn't be too upset if you failed to get in second time round then okay, it's potentially worth considering. Otherwise however, I'd stick with UCL.
 
 
 
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