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    So I'm applying to University this year. I'm also doing my A-Levels this year. I guess I should blog about it, even only just to use this to vent my A-Level stress and beyond.

    Today is October 11th, 2016. I have one draft of my personal statement sitting on my laptop, tablet and school account. I'm not really prepared as I haven't even spoken to my reference writer (one of the heads of my sixth form) yet about it. I realised about a month ago I was ahead of most people, as most haven't even put all their options on UCAS yet and here I am, sitting on my laptop with an almost-full UCAS application. That row of ticks is just so satisfying to see...

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    Just look at that. It is literally so so satisfying to witness...

    I've just started Beliefs in Society in Sociology, and will probably post some stuff about other topics I've studied there as it will help me revise.

    In drama, we finally have moved on to working out our movement sequences for it. We are doing a piece based on World War One and the different elements of it, commenting in our drama student ways on the futility of war and the clockwork, mechanical nature of the war. Yesterday, I was the Lieutenant in my friend's section; prior to this, I was a policewoman in our AS version of The Pillowman. Maybe I'm suited to playing authority figures who are slightly sinister?

    Nobody knows...

    Currently I am using all of my sign in studies this year to their fullest extent. I learned my mistakes from last year with not studying and retaining information well enough; I'm not making that mistake again. I've got a few extra-curriculars I'm keeping on this year but ones that matter less are not being part of me, to maximise my grades. I've gone up by at least part a grade already for History and Sociology, so this is obviously benefiting me.

    My top option for university at the moment is Keele University. This is in part because it is away from home and it's pretty, plus the course is fantastic! Only downside is no ballroom dance classes at the moment, as that is what I want to learn to do at university. The amount I'm doing this year, I'm hoping I'll get a place at university.

    If I get offers, I will update this with offers. For now, though, it's just working out where I go from here.

    Ta-ra!

    Isabelle

    Sociology revise: (FUNCTIONALIST) Parsons said there were two roles performed in the family: the instrumental role (male breadwinner) and expressive role (female housewife).
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    So this week has been quite long and... exciting, to say the least.

    Today is October 18th, 2016, and this past week has been stressful and annoying and making me doubtful of whether I should:
    a) Be in sixth form
    b) Be applying to university
    So, as you can probably tell, I've had a bad week.

    On the plus side, I finally booked a meeting with my reference writer for this week! I'm talking to him on Thursday, so with any luck he can help me with my personal statement and get me on track for my personal UCAS deadline.

    I was away this weekend, so obviously that has set me back by a few days, but I did a second draft today that cut out as much of the BS I had in my first draft. I'm on 45 lines and 3910 characters, according to UCAS. This at least means I'm below the limit for spacing, so that is great for me!

    I established today in Drama that I struggle to work with one person; we both antagonise each other a lot and dislike touching people/each other, so this is going to be really awkward for the section that we may have to touch for. I'm not good at portraying 'love' in characters; my chosen characters tend to be hateful and spiteful, just like me, so it's weird having to feign love. I should just get over my awkwardness, as that is the main issue here.

    We are continuing Beliefs in Society in Sociology, which is good. My teacher has the aim of completing it by Christmas so we can focus on Crime and Deviance in 2017 and be done in time for exams.

    We finally officially started writing our coursework in History as well! I can get on track with it and hopefully get it done to a good standard for the deadline next year.

    Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines...

    I've also found out when my exams are! I should finish on June 23rd 2017, which will be my Drama paper. Thankfully, it's looking like none of my exams clash, so big win there! Plus, at the rate I'm going, I can get a scaffold piercing done for my 18th (if work let me have it) and so I can worry less about it being new before prom. I don't want to get it before I finish practical work in Drama because I know it would get damaged during practical and I can't risk it.

    I'm visiting my grandmother next week, which is also exciting, and will probably take my laptop and email some work for me to do over half term over from my school account. These next few months are going to be very stressful, I can already tell!

    Keele is still top for me, but I'm waiting for them to confirm Media, Communications and Culture running. Hopefully it will be otherwise I've wasted a UCAS option.

    Ta-ra!

    Isabelle

    Sociology revise: (MARXISM) Bowles and Gintis' study on the correspondence principle assists the Marxist idea that education merely exists to make the proletariat docile and accepting of their lower position in society whilst also socialising them to be in a hierarchical workplace.
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    So one thing I've noticed about the university application process/sixth form process is the fact that I am having quite a few wobbles. These mean debating whether or not to drop out of sixth form/not apply to university.

    I'm having a bit of a hard time at school at the moment and feel like crying most days now. I'll honestly be shocked if I don't have a mental breakdown by the end of this year. I now understand why my brother became so ill during his year 13...

    I'm literally trying to keep my sanity now. It's all very well me making this blog and trying to document my sixth form adventure but I'm seriously worried I'm making the biggest mistake of my life. My personal statement is quite good, and I've been given some changes to make. My main concern is that I don't know why I want to study my course, and it's terrifying me. Yesterday marked four months until I turn 18, and I am so so scared that I will have regrets.

    I've considered dropping out of drama. I've been having so many self destructive thoughts and I'm trying to take it one day at a time but it feels like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders and I feel like I can't do it.

    One of the boys in my form thought I'd be applying for early entry. He was shocked when I laughed as he called me smart. How can I be smart at the grade level I'm at at the moment? How can anyone think I'm intelligent if I can't not be antagonistic at every term, and have problems remembering things?

    Yes, I've been having memory problems. I think it's just the stress, but I feel like I'm constantly not going to be good enough because I forget things easily.

    I can't seem to comprehend how fast I've grown up. It's only hit me recently that I've made so many bad decisions, and soon I'm going to be an adult and I will be responsible for myself, and I just can't handle that right now.

    My friends keep taking my textbooks and they tried putting my sociology folder out the window yesterday, and I suppose they were justified in it, considering that I am just such a b--ch to them so so often. I can't believe anyone would assume I'm smart enough to go to university, how I can be trusted to be functional if I can't even take a f-------ing joke without understanding it.

    I just have to take things one day at a time.

    I'm literally posting this only to get it off my chest, and frankly it probably has only slightly lightened the load. I suppose a little is better than nothing.

    Thanks for reading this. I hope at least someone knows that there's someone else going through this.

    Ta-ra!

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    Year 13's a bum of a year, the stress of more difficult course content combined with the pretty life-directing decision of choosing and applying to uni is a killer. Worst year of my life by far - but all the ones after have been a lot better. Like you one of the biggest issues I had was choosing a course - in some ways it feels like you're setting out the rest of your life - and I was stuck between two different courses and literally finished my applications a week before the deadline. In the end I was content with my choice - partly because the course was pretty good and the people I met there were good too.

    The thing is though - you're not locked in to your course. Do the one you think you'll enjoy, and if possible will also give you transferrable/specific skills for a job. But if you do end up applying for it - that's by no means what you have to do. I know loads of people who had second thoughts and took a year out to work/travel/have a think, and likewise I know loads of people who changed course after the first year after realising it's not for them. Likewise, it's not uncommon for people to do one degree and then decide to go back and do something else - or in the case of more generalist degrees it's not uncommon to work in an unrelated field afterwards and work your way up. Point is - whatever you chose isn't the be all and end all - you can do something else afterwards. As is life and young age it's rare to know what you'll actually enjoy - sometimes we have to give it a go and find out that way. I did my degree - but there were loads of times I thought to myself that if I don't enjoy the work afterwards I can always go back to uni and study something else. Life's long and you always have options - it just doesn't seem like that at 17 when faced with a pretty heavy task of choosing what to do for the next 3 years. But as I say, it's not a fixed choice, it's flexible and you can always change what you do.

    With regards to school work, I stumbled my way through year 13. Doing well depends a lot on your own circumstances - I ended up missing loads of classes which really hindered me - so defo don't do that. Aside from that the standard use friends/tutors/family etc for advice, etc etc. I can't really advise much since I didn't do a particularly great job of that year - but did luckily borderline get the grades I needed. Sometimes just attending, doing your best to keep up and giving yourself a strong base for the revision period is the best way to go, one day at a time as you say. It's a tough year but it gets better.
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    (Original post by AndroidLight)
    Year 13's a bum of a year, the stress of more difficult course content combined with the pretty life-directing decision of choosing and applying to uni is a killer. Worst year of my life by far - but all the ones after have been a lot better. Like you one of the biggest issues I had was choosing a course - in some ways it feels like you're setting out the rest of your life - and I was stuck between two different courses and literally finished my applications a week before the deadline. In the end I was content with my choice - partly because the course was pretty good and the people I met there were good too.

    The thing is though - you're not locked in to your course. Do the one you think you'll enjoy, and if possible will also give you transferrable/specific skills for a job. But if you do end up applying for it - that's by no means what you have to do. I know loads of people who had second thoughts and took a year out to work/travel/have a think, and likewise I know loads of people who changed course after the first year after realising it's not for them. Likewise, it's not uncommon for people to do one degree and then decide to go back and do something else - or in the case of more generalist degrees it's not uncommon to work in an unrelated field afterwards and work your way up. Point is - whatever you chose isn't the be all and end all - you can do something else afterwards. As is life and young age it's rare to know what you'll actually enjoy - sometimes we have to give it a go and find out that way. I did my degree - but there were loads of times I thought to myself that if I don't enjoy the work afterwards I can always go back to uni and study something else. Life's long and you always have options - it just doesn't seem like that at 17 when faced with a pretty heavy task of choosing what to do for the next 3 years. But as I say, it's not a fixed choice, it's flexible and you can always change what you do.

    With regards to school work, I stumbled my way through year 13. Doing well depends a lot on your own circumstances - I ended up missing loads of classes which really hindered me - so defo don't do that. Aside from that the standard use friends/tutors/family etc for advice, etc etc. I can't really advise much since I didn't do a particularly great job of that year - but did luckily borderline get the grades I needed. Sometimes just attending, doing your best to keep up and giving yourself a strong base for the revision period is the best way to go, one day at a time as you say. It's a tough year but it gets better.
    Thanks for this! I'm already attending all of my classes because that is how I am and working my hardest to try to get the best grades possible. I'm really scared for growing up, I think, and that's what's causing these wobbles
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    So currently I'm revising my personal statement. This means that I'm rewriting one of my paragraphs to explain why I want to study the course I want to study.

    This is a lot harder, as I only have 600 characters left to explain why. I've literally come up with one line and it's like I know why I want to do it, I just can't put that onto paper. It's all very well me looking like a well rounded individual, but at the end of it I need to show I understand the course.

    If only I get an interview. I'm much better at speaking and confidence there than writing why I love something.

    I want to do the course so I can be able to explain why we pick certain stories over others, why hashtags now are such a powerful tool in influencing the decisions of others and making programmes such as Bake Off such sensations. I want to explain why social media is rising and why everything in society is focused on us, the consumers, why we have a consumer culture, why technology is moving so quickly and why scandals affect us so prominently. I want to be able to find a reason why people enjoy certain films, why there is more success in one teen franchise than another, how our TV consumption now affects the programmes produced. I want to explain why there is a documentary on BBC 2 coming soon about 'the school who got teens reading' and why teens are reading less books or at least being perceived to. I want to explain why e-books are on the up and how that has affected our reading habits as a society. How the change of medium from book to film or book to TV show affects the original content and changes how we see certain franchises. I want to see how our child centred society is reacting to the rise of social media and technology in children's lives and how the moral panics caused by these are being broadcast and how much of a negative effect social media has on us but also how it allows us to build new identities online that show a different side of us. How the rise of fanfiction and fan-created content had led to a change in consumption and the perception of fan culture by others in society. I want to be able to explain how media is now such a globalised entity and how we are able to use media to show new ideas and use it to fight for what we see as right. I want to explain how when I found an asexual character in a book in 2016, I was happy and how the representation of minorities affects people.

    That is why I want to study what I want to study.
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    So I want to talk about 'The School That Got Teens Reading', and why I am so angry about it.

    Little disclaimer: I am a teenager and I have been socialised to read. Books have been a part of me since I was little and I was read to as a child. I know how insensitive my views about this programme may seem as I am not in the group they were targeting.

    Firstly, their approach was entirely wrong. Giving teens one book that they didn't get a choice in content of it was wrong on so many levels. The fact they didn't give them the option to try another book when they didn't connect with One was wrong. The fact they tried to use a famous person to influence them to read was wrong. The entire premise of them being told 'you have to read this book' was wrong. Everything this programme did to get them to read was completely and utterly wrong.

    I work with children, and the general rule is you can't force people to read or do something they don't enjoy. These teens were simply told 'keep trying' when they expressed the completely legitimate concern of 'I don't like reading this book'. That is only going to alienate people further and people should be able to have the choice to read what they want. I was practically in tears of anger at how this programme addressed the concerns of lack of teen reading. At no point along the journey of this programme did they ask 'what do you want to read about', instead forcing this book on them. I will admit that it is a good book, but they managed, for me, to highlight parts of the school 'one size fits all' mentality of learning.

    If I had gone into that school, I would have given them a choice. I wouldn't have made them read out loud as some of them could have issues with reading aloud (I know if I was asked to read aloud in their position I'd have been terrified of humiliation). I'd have worked out what books each of the teens could have enjoyed by their preference of TV shows, films, games, whatever. I'd have taken in them going 'I dislike this book' and gone 'why not try this one instead' because that is what you do with getting people to read. You don't just tell them 'suck it up, that is the book you need to read', because then they resent you further and you alienate them and make them feel like you don't care. It has to be understood that teens are their own cheerleaders, and humiliating them into going 'hey, this book is good' is not what you do. I feel like the programme failed to take into account a lot of things, and the main thing I picked out was they always valued what the adults said over what the teens said. They just didn't listen.

    I had to be told to shut up by my parents as I was shouting at the TV, and I only sat through that show so I could have a fair judgement. I felt like walking out so many times as it frustrated me so much. I wouldn't be able to sit through it again. It isn't 'groundbreaking' or 'amazing' because it drowned out the voices of the teenagers with the adults going 'I don't get why they won't read'.

    Sometimes, the best people to talk to about teenagers reading is teenagers. Novel idea, BBC 2, right? They say that they enjoy being on their phones and tablets - give them an e-book, introduce them to fanfiction if that interests them. Give them an option to use a medium they're comfortable with or find a way to indulge in what they love without dissing smartphone society - it makes this a lot easier to swallow.

    Give the actor a script based off of a book, and work them on to a book to help them understand the character. Give the dancer a book about a dancer if they want it. Give the musician a book that is based in music. Give teens what they want to read. Give them the choice. Give them a chance to do it themselves.

    And for heavens sake, whatever you do, listen to them and give them a chance to let you know that they don't enjoy a book, and give them a chance to pick what they enjoy.

    That is my opinion on why 'The School That Got Teens Reading' is an absolutely awful programme at getting teens to read.

    Ta-ra!

    Isabelle

    PS: I was also very angry writing this. I may submit a formal letter to the Radio Times expressing my anger about this show.
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    So I've worked out how to explain my course to my grandmother this week.

    Today is October 26th, 2016, and I am aware this is a day late but I didn't have wifi yesterday so this is the best I can do.

    I've sent in a complaint about The School That Got Teens Reading to the Radio Times, so hopefully they will include it. I doubt they will, but hey-ho. At least I've explained this.

    I'm away this week, so this is really hard to do everything I need to do. I'm still taking things one day at a time but I have a cold and feel yuck, which isn't helping. I've had next to no time today to do stuff and I'm annoyed.

    This is going to have to be short due to the lack of stuff having happened. I finished two books this week and will be getting more.

    I'll have to leave this here now because I can't think of anything to talk about.

    Ta-ra!

    Isabelle

    Sociology revise: (MARXIST) A good example of the failure of Marxist theory in action is 1917+ Russia.
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    So today is November 3rd, 2016, and I've had a stressful week.

    My report came home this week; all was good with it and things are improving. I need to keep up the work I'm doing to succeed.

    I still haven't progressed with my personal statement. This is incredibly bad for me but I really just wish it was easy to express myself.

    I almost got myself injured today in Drama. I was doing a spin and the person doing the section with me was supposed to do it too, but didn't, and I paused with my back bent in quite a strange position that literally hurt a lot but I didn't let on and so they didn't realise until the others realised that if they didn't intervene, I could seriously hurt myself. The person in question has been informed that if that ever happens again, they let go of me immediately so I don't injure myself. I'm thinking at the moment that it probably would have been worse if I'd fully spun as I would have twisted my wrist.

    I've worked out that I work best alone in sociology, meaning that today's group task was hard. I have an essay on Monday on religion and it being a force for social change. If I don't get my target grade, I have to keep doing it until I do. This is causing me quite a bit of anxiety, to be honest.

    I might have anxiety, to add to my OCD. Yay...

    I was at work for Halloween and I just almost collapsed into bed after I ate some food. I've been functioning on less and less sleep recently. I can't be bothered to not go to sleep before midnight nowadays.

    Also, I have the suspicion a guy in the year below me fancies me. I've no idea why but I'm not in a stable place pretty much any time until I go to uni for a relationship.

    I've not got much to update on due to me just being so tired after school and almost injuring my back today, so I'll sign off.

    Ta-ra!

    Isabelle

    Sociology revise: (FEMINISM) Feminists see religion as being negative as religious texts have been seen to be interpreted by men in a way that supports patriarchal ideology (eg. Eve (a woman) cursed humanity with her sin in the Bible, whereas Adam was the saviour)
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    So I had a bad day yesterday.

    Today is November 8th, 2016, and as every single platform I've been on today has very handily reminded me, today is the day Americans go to the polls to vote in their new president. Frankly, I have no idea why we are so interested in this as a country, or at least perceived to be. It isn't even our country, and whilst I understand that the vote will have some impact on Britain, it doesn't seem like it should be a big deal for us.

    I'd best expand on my bad day yesterday; I got a bad grade in a sociology essay and am retaking it tomorrow. That made me really upset and angry with myself. Then, in History, we were discussing the context to Brexit. This is not a subject my opinion would be valued on, and I know that the majority of my class would despise my decision and see me as a misinformed person. So I tried not to speak. Everything got too much in Drama for me and I walked out of the room, a fact that I am not proud of. I've only walked out of class twice, and those times were points where things got too much for me. Drama has been becoming a lot for me at the moment.

    We got told off as apparently we aren't coming to class with ideas and our exam is in a month and one of my teachers is dissatisfied with the work being produced.

    I got my predicted grades: BCD. Yep, that's going to screw my chances of going to uni, I can already tell. I'm not sure how I can make this a positive, to be honest, but I just have to deal with it. I'm just getting frustrated as I feel as if I am not progressing and that is not something I want, and I'm really trying to keep going.

    To conclude, I feel as if my future is screwed because of my drama grade. Considering drama is non-linear, it counts for something and so I'm not happy.

    Ta-ra!

    Isabelle

    Sociology revise: (WEBER) Weber found that the four beliefs in Calvinism (predestination, divine transcendence, asceticism and the idea of a vocation/calling) helped the Calvinists to avoid a salvation panic and systematically accumulate wealth, with Weber suggesting that this caused the birth of modern capitalism
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    So my letter got published as Letter of the Week for the Radio Times.

    This is a big thing for me, as evidently this will be an assistance, potentially, for university.

    Monday is when I have another (and hopefully my final) meeting with one of the heads of sixth form. I'm just hoping my personal statement can get approved so I can get rid of my application and start receiving offers - one of my friends got an unconditional offer from her top university, which is really exciting for her! I just need to hope for something similar. I've discovered that my area has a low proportion of people going to university, which is weird but also understandable.

    Yep, that's my news for today.
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    So the day came today.

    My £24 has gone off to UCAS and the thing I've been working towards for the past 10 years, everything I've hoped for, is done.

    The one thing that has been a constant through my entire life is finally finished, and I feel kind of empty now. This is something I've wanted since I was 4 years old and found out what university was. It's been in my hands since I was little, and now it's done.

    That's really terrifying.

    I'm now so so terrified for my future, but now it's not in my control. That's so good for me.
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    So, as I said yesterday, I have completed my UCAS application and am on my journey to going to university.

    Today is November 15th, 2016. My UCAS predicted grades are BCC, with the B predicted for History and the Cs predicted for sociology and drama. However, I have one small snag in that whilst the rest of my references are present, drama seems to be missing and I have no idea why. This is really frustrating as I want my stuff sent off ASAP and this isn't helping me at all. I am already very very stressed over this.

    School is frustrating as I feel like I am at a standstill in drama. I cannot wait for the exam to come around so I don't have to do this performance ever again. Sociology is just trying to not screw things up, which miraculously I somehow keep messing up. History is literally my one salvation right now as it's the subject I enjoy the most. I'm going to be shocked to get through this year with being happy, to be honest.

    I'm highly regretting taking drama to A-Level.

    In positive notes, though, once my application goes off, I have an actual chance of getting into my top university.

    Got a way to go before that actually happens though...

    Is anyone else sick and tired of family talking about university stuff of yours to your relatives? It bugs me.

    I'd best head off, as I have school and a few deadlines tomorrow.

    Ta-ra!

    Isabelle

    Sociology revise: (FEMINISM) Radical feminists argue that in the family, women are oppressed, and the only way to stop that is to have separatism and political lesbianism, meaning women live away from men and the supposed toxic environment of the family, although this is criticised as it is not feasible due to heterosexuality.
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    This morning, at around 8.30, my application to university left my school.

    At 9.00, Leicester confirmed that my application to them had been received, and at 9.35 it got confirmed that my university application is out of my hands. There's nothing more I can do. I am now on UCAS track, and whilst I know I won't get any offers through today as my application waits to be processed, this feels like a momentous occasion.

    This time last year, I had no idea what I wanted to do at university, where I wanted to go, anything. My parents were telling me to start deciding on my future, to decide where I wanted to go to university.

    Six months ago I set myself a personal UCAS deadline - my application had to be out by the end of November. It seemed so far off at the time. I got sent the references for my application (at my school, they want us to approve them), and I was astounded at what my teachers thought I was capable of. I am still astounded at how those words could give me a chance to get into university, how those words can give my application a chance. That my personal statement, possibly the hardest 4000 characters ever to write, can get me a place at a university.

    My dream is closer than I thought, and that is both terrifying and exhilarating.

    When I get offers, I will be posting them on here, and making my decision process.
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    On Friday, I received my first offer.

    UEA gave me a conditional (3 Cs) offer for Politics with a Foundation Year.

    I would have posted this earlier, but I've only really just got over the shock of it.

    I cried when I found out. It felt earth shattering and heart breaking to get that as an offer instead of for the course I wanted to study. I've only really told a few people who know me in real life about the offer due to the heartbreaking feeling it's given me. I'm still not overly happy, but I've spent a day or two coming to terms with it and have a need to know policy about the UEA offer.

    My parents are proud because it's an offer. I'm not telling my school about it until I receive another response, bar my History teacher, who is part of the need to know group. There's this embarrassment I have about it being a foundation year, but all everyone else needs to know is that the offer is there for me.
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    (Original post by eruditeprincess)
    On Friday, I received my first offer.

    UEA gave me a conditional (3 Cs) offer for Politics with a Foundation Year.

    I would have posted this earlier, but I've only really just got over the shock of it.

    I cried when I found out. It felt earth shattering and heart breaking to get that as an offer instead of for the course I wanted to study. I've only really told a few people who know me in real life about the offer due to the heartbreaking feeling it's given me. I'm still not overly happy, but I've spent a day or two coming to terms with it and have a need to know policy about the UEA offer.

    My parents are proud because it's an offer. I'm not telling my school about it until I receive another response, bar my History teacher, who is part of the need to know group. There's this embarrassment I have about it being a foundation year, but all everyone else needs to know is that the offer is there for me.
    What course did you originally apply for?
    That seems really harsh of them to offer you a place on a foundation year course that you haven't applied for - your predicted grades aren't bad at all! Are you sure you didn't accidentally click on the wrong course code when you were putting your choices down on UCAS, or that you that you didn't put '0' in the 'point of entry' box when you chose it? Or maybe there's a fault at their end!
    If I were you, I would ring the university and explain what's happened. I doubt they'd offer you a place on something that you haven't applied for!
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    (Original post by jessyjellytot14)
    What course did you originally apply for?
    That seems really harsh of them to offer you a place on a foundation year course that you haven't applied for - your predicted grades aren't bad at all! Are you sure you didn't accidentally click on the wrong course code when you were putting your choices down on UCAS, or that you that you didn't put '0' in the 'point of entry' box when you chose it? Or maybe there's a fault at their end!
    If I were you, I would ring the university and explain what's happened. I doubt they'd offer you a place on something that you haven't applied for!
    Originally I applied for Society, Culture and Media.

    UEA have an admissions policy of trying to find prospective students an alternative course if they cannot be accepted onto their desired course, so technically they had informed me of this and so it is an acceptable decision.

    I know it was not my error, as both I and my school obsessively checked my application and codes before sending it off.

    It is evident that my application and predicted grades were not strong enough to put me on the course, but they were never my first choice anyway. They emailed me to explain their decision and it has been left at that.

    At least it is an offer.
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    (Original post by eruditeprincess)
    Originally I applied for Society, Culture and Media.

    UEA have an admissions policy of trying to find prospective students an alternative course if they cannot be accepted onto their desired course, so technically they had informed me of this and so it is an acceptable decision.

    I know it was not my error, as both I and my school obsessively checked my application and codes before sending it off.

    It is evident that my application and predicted grades were not strong enough to put me on the course, but they were never my first choice anyway. They emailed me to explain their decision and it has been left at that.

    At least it is an offer.
    Oh okay, I see. :\ Best of luck with your other choices though!
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    So I got another offer.

    Today is Wednesday 23rd November, and I now have two offers. Leicester gave me (ME!) an offer of ABB for Media and Society. I'm not sure if this is a mistake due to the fact that my predicted grades are way lower than the offer.

    This offer is also unrealistic, due to Drama.

    I have no doubt I have the capability to achieve an A and a B, just not a B in drama. At best, I will have a C.

    This means that I would need a lower offer from Leicester to even be able to consider going.

    My brother and his girlfriend just think I need to work harder, but even then it's unlikely I'll get a good drama grade.

    Maybe I'm just being silly.

    We're trying to find a prom theme and I'm hoping for a Yule Ball theme (it looks so fun!) or Great Gatsby or Alice In Wonderland.

    I should probably go now, but will update when the next reply comes through.

    Ta-ra!

    Isabelle

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