Well, it's very nice that you think I have a chance at Balliol, the "PPE college" at the PPE university, but I have to say I don't feel like I'd get in. I've not read widely enough (time constraints, not lack of enthusiasm!) and I'm better at thinking when I'm given a minute, not on the spot like in interviews. I also am concerned that Balliol PPEists may be scary and arrogant, coz I'd feel pretty arrogant applying.
CPChem, the Balliol open day was amazing. You really made me feel at home and no one was scary or inhuman at all. It didn't feel pretentious either. Your people seemed more my kind of people than those at St Annes. BUT, times change, and it's only getting more competitive, so I imagine that the people who'll be going in for 2008/9 will be less down-to-earth.
Also not sure they'll want me to have a gap year, even though I'm SURE it'll help my study. I'm going to volunteer for 3 months in the UK and 3 months in the developing world, always with a partner from the developing world. I'm also going to spend at least a month volunteering with Monks in Cambodia. And I'm going to devour as many books as can. How could that put me at a disadvantage???!!!! But *alas, I suspect it will
You'll notice I write a lot.
Aaaarrrgghhh any tips for getting in/ contacts... you now who to PM. And WHY can't you state a second choice???!!!
Sorry, less love than last time is coming through here, but still, love to you all. Those people who seem disuaded by my grades please see that its about so much more than that. They ask for 3As and want so much more, but not more grades!
Cheers my darling, darling advice-monkeys
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