Can I just say that as a current Cambridge Med student I'd like to set a few things straight.
Firstly, not everyone is a snob, hardly anyone is. The majority of people aren't from a private school. The med course in the country may not be the 'best' in the country; I can find many many different sources of 'league tables' which totally disagree with each other. Pick a uni because of the course and the location, if you're happy with that then that's all you need, especially for a medical course (since all are GMC-approved).
A lot of college's now, due in part to external pressures are trying to make a level playing field for people. Most interviewers will know that someone from a public school will have had more opportunities to practise interviews than other people, infact interviewers don't like someone who produces a 'perfect' interview, because it looks coached.
There seems to be a stigma where anyone from 'oxbridge' should be ashamed, because they're all obviously rich snobs who've had everything handed to them on a plate. When in fact its just full of hard-working people who deserve their places there and should be proud.
The fool has landed...
Looks like good scope for laying smackdowns round here, and lots of people onto the job already.
1) Read a comment further back on this monstrosity of a thread that doctors seem all to be middle classed. Personally I'm an unemployed-class background medic, but make no mistake, I'll be middle classed when I graduate. There are no owrking class doctors for gods sake. The title defies it!
If there's one thing I hate it's people banding the label working class around. Classes are so merged nowadays. Even saying Coucil estate isn't what it used to mean. I live in a council house, have bugger all (no car, flash electronics etc) whereas across the road in a council house is a family with three cars, 2 of them brand new!
2) I had god damn awful grades at GCSE, and I did 3 a levels and got straight As, but got into cambridge...Trust me, this class divide doesn't exist. If however 50% of the decent applicants are public school, then 50% of the undergrads will be public school!
3) I agree with Ruthie - I was a complete barstad at school. Felt properly untouchable (sounds so arrogant now) because I was one of the few people in my year actually destined for something decent in life. (I hope!)
4) I hate the phrase 'deserved a place'. Its way too subjective.
5) Original poster - moron. You sound like my ex girlfriend. Got straight A* and 1 A at GCSE then spent umpteen hundreds on endless appeals. Very petty. Crying foul only ever damages your dignity, and the reputation of an innocent interviewer.
6) And I would defend the bizarre methods of oxbridge interviewers. I mean, public school or state, you are seriously going to have to get your brain in gear if an interviewer asks you somathing wacky like to describe the cycles of the moon quarters.
Dont get me wrong, love the place to bits, and am officially the longest serving member (and the instigator of ALOT of arguments...), but it seems to have gone down hill recently. A lot less intelligent arguments about politics, unis...anything really. Just people using really petty immature snipes at each other, and faking posts etc.
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