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    Name: Immy (hey!)

    Location: Essex - literally 10 minutes from where TOWIE is filmed... joy...

    College (and why?): Oriel, if i'm lucky! It's beautiful and has the best Classics department in the whole university, while being a really friendly place which has loads of lovely people. Also love that it's near to Exeter, where my best mate studies, and is really close to the Bodleian. I want to joint honours English & Classics by the way!

    GCSE Results: 9A*s, 2As and 1B

    AS Results: English Literature (A), History (A), Latin (A) and EPQ (a predicted A*)

    A2 Subjects: English Lit, History and Latin

    Predicted Grades: A*A*A*

    Where else are you applying: Exeter, St. Andrew's, Edinburgh & Nottingham

    I hope I get in but, if I don't, I get to do an awesome degree at Exeter with a year abroad wherever I like and I already have an offer from them. Although I really really want to go, Oxford isn't the be all-end all of life. I did the ELAT and the CAT today. I hope I didn't fail. None of you need to worry - by the looks of the thread, you're all insanely talented, smart and passionate.
    Good luck to everyone and maybe i'll see you in September hahaha
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    Name: Oli
    Location: Brighton
    College (and why?): Brasenose - love the tutors, grounds, location, JCR
    GCSE Results: 8A*'s and 3A's 1D (AD Maths - don't ask)
    AS Results: A in Politics and B in Maths (dropped now)
    A2 Subjects: English Lit, Politics and History
    Achieved Grades: A*A*A
    Where else are you applying: Durham, UCL, Nottingham (already have an unconditional!) and Manchester.

    I found the ELat went pretty well but apparently I am the only person applying from my college that felt that it went well so idk if I have just become delusional.
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    Hey!
    How did ELAT go and what are you feeling about the interviews?

    It is just being so nervous and anticipating for me.
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    Interviews!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    When you think we'll gotta know about interview invitations?
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    (Original post by ankur deswal)
    Interviews!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    When you think we'll gotta know about interview invitations?
    We'll probably find out at the end of November.
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    seems so
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    Name: Samuel

    Location: South London, but grew up in Norwich

    College (and why?): Lady Margaret Hall I hope, it has a gender balance, the English tutors all seemed inspiring. 24 hour library and accommodation for all three years and it is a 10 minute walk from town, which for me is perfect; waking up 10 minutes earlier for a beautiful walk to the English Faculty through the university park and by the river.

    GCSE Results: not brilliant, I was too young and immature to take them as seriously as I should've and so I coasted! 3 A*'s 4A's and 3B's

    AS Results: I have already finished my A2, have taken a year out to work and study some stuff I am passionate about on my own terms!

    A2 Subjects: English, Law and Triple Theatre

    Achieved Grades: A*A*A*A(A) (last A is an AS only, that I dropped after year 12)

    Where else are you applying: UCL, Exeter, Warwick and KCL. Unconditional offers from Exeter and Warwick so far - which is great but not quite the dream.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by Al Mond-o)
    Name: Samuel

    Location: South London, but grew up in Norwich

    College (and why?): Lady Margaret Hall I hope, it has a gender balance, the English tutors all seemed inspiring. 24 hour library and accommodation for all three years and it is a 10 minute walk from town, which for me is perfect; waking up 10 minutes earlier for a beautiful walk to the English Faculty through the university park and by the river.

    GCSE Results: not brilliant, I was too young and immature to take them as seriously as I should've and so I coasted! 3 A*'s 4A's and 3B's

    AS Results: I have already finished my A2, have taken a year out to work and study some stuff I am passionate about on my own terms!

    A2 Subjects: English, Law and Triple Theatre

    Achieved Grades: A*A*A*A(A) (last A is an AS only, that I dropped after year 12)

    Where else are you applying: UCL, Exeter, Warwick and KCL. Unconditional offers from Exeter and Warwick so far - which is great but not quite the dream.

    Good luck!
    Ahh, competition (hardly, I haven't got a chance anymore!). I'm applying LMH too!
    Good luck with your application!! You sound pretty overqualified so I think you'll be fine how was your Elat?
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    Name: Orla!

    Location: Originally from south-west London but I've lived in Canada for the past four years

    College (and why?): Brasenose! After a long day of touring a load of colleges I went in there and fell in love. The porters and admissions staff went out of their way (quite literally) to show me around and give me loads of tips for applications and about the English program. Also they have an incredible art's community (arts week!) which is something i'm super involved in at my school.

    Results: Obviously it's a slightly different system but i'm sitting at a 95% average

    Where else are you applying: Leeds, KCL, UCL, and Durham (I have offers from Leeds and KCL)

    I thought the ELAT went quite well. From discussion in the ELAT thread it seems I had different texts from the test UK students did (same theme of food though :/) luckily for me the supposedly "unfamiliar texts" included Ulysses, Moby-****, and Margaret Atwood's The Edible Women (all of which I'd already read lol)

    Good luck to everyone! Fingers crossed for interviews:crossedf:
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    Name: Ankur

    Location: India (huh! international)

    College (and why?): Christ Church. Because Harry Potter is filmed here- just kidding. I like its architecture and its association with past and its list of world renowned alumni.

    GCSE Results (i.e. AISSCE in India): A1, A1, A1, A1, A1- i.e. highest anyone can score here.

    A2 Subjects (i.e AISSE in India): English, History, Geograpy, Politics and Hindi

    Predicted Grades: 95+ in each of the modules. (out of 100)

    Where else are you applying: St. Andrews, Glasgow, Queen's Belfast and Westminster. Conditional offers from Glasgow and Westminster so far. But love is something this.

    ELAT went well. But don't have any idea. Looking forward to see an interview invitation in my inbox.

    Good luck to all!!
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    Name- Ffion
    Location- SW Wales
    College- Jesus (liked the atmosphere and ,being Welsh, it feels like home)
    Qualifications-
    14 GCSEs
    Geography (A), English (A) and RS (A) AS
    A2- Predicted A*A*AA in the above subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate
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    (Original post by Ffion.)
    Name- Ffion
    Location- SW Wales
    College- Jesus (liked the atmosphere and ,being Welsh, it feels like home)
    Qualifications-
    14 GCSEs
    Geography (A), English (A) and RS (A) AS
    A2- Predicted A*A*AA in the above subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate
    Oh and I'm also applying to York, St Andrews, SOAS and UCL
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    Name: Lowri
    Location: Staffordshire
    College (and why?): WADHAM -I literally just fell in love with it when I went there. It's beautiful, the pastoral care seemed really supportive (they have a puppy!), I loved how progressive it was - they literally hold a festival called Queerfest, they have a THEATRE (something that really matters to me as I really hate the lack of drama on the actual course), it was so friendly and lovely. Also, I'm really interested in one of the tutor's specialism - so I really want to be taught by her.
    GCSE Results: 8A*s and 3As
    A2 Subjects: English Lit, History and Drama & Theatre Studies
    Predicted Grades: A*A*A*
    Where else are you applying: Nottingham (unconditional), Birmingham (unconditional), St. Andrews (nothing yet) and Kent (unconditional)

    I'm so late on this but I thought I should join this thread as I received an interview from Wadham today!! Has anyone else had an interview offer?
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    (Original post by lowza)
    Name: Lowri
    Location: Staffordshire
    College (and why?): WADHAM -I literally just fell in love with it when I went there. It's beautiful, the pastoral care seemed really supportive (they have a puppy!), I loved how progressive it was - they literally hold a festival called Queerfest, they have a THEATRE (something that really matters to me as I really hate the lack of drama on the actual course), it was so friendly and lovely. Also, I'm really interested in one of the tutor's specialism - so I really want to be taught by her.
    GCSE Results: 8A*s and 3As
    A2 Subjects: English Lit, History and Drama & Theatre Studies
    Predicted Grades: A*A*A*
    Where else are you applying: Nottingham (unconditional), Birmingham (unconditional), St. Andrews (nothing yet) and Kent (unconditional)

    I'm so late on this but I thought I should join this thread as I received an interview from Wadham today!! Has anyone else had an interview offer?
    Girl, look at all those unconditional! That’s mad! I got an interview offer from Jesus today (reallocated from LMH) but I’m really happy
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    (Original post by beccabokka)
    Girl, look at all those unconditional! That’s mad! I got an interview offer from Jesus today (reallocated from LMH) but I’m really happy
    I know it's crazy!!! WELL DONE! I'm frantically searching Youtube now for interview advice, I really want to reread my personal statement books in prep but I don't think I'm going to have time haha.
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    (Original post by lowza)
    I know it's crazy!!! WELL DONE! I'm frantically searching Youtube now for interview advice, I really want to reread my personal statement books in prep but I don't think I'm going to have time haha.
    You deserve it! Congratulations! Be so dang proud of yourself. Ahaha I know the feeling. I’ve been trying to read new stuff, but now I’m back to my personal statement texts and the texts in my written work and I’ve literally designated the rest of the week as hardcore reading time.
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    (Original post by beccabokka)
    You deserve it! Congratulations! Be so dang proud of yourself. Ahaha I know the feeling. I’ve been trying to read new stuff, but now I’m back to my personal statement texts and the texts in my written work and I’ve literally designated the rest of the week as hardcore reading time.
    Yeah, I'm literally going to spend all of next week reading. I need to make sure I've got some books prepared that aren't on my statement that I can link back as further reading in case they ask. My interviews are a bit odd as both of them are unseen text analysis, so I'm not sure how much I'll be asked about my statement/written work. Good luck!!!
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    hi guys!!!

    idk if i'm a bit late 2 the party but thought i'd make an account to talk w other oxford applicants (esp english and/ or magdalen applicants) abt their experiences of the process so far : )

    Name: frankie
    Location: a small town in lincolnshire
    College (and why?): magdalen - absolutely gorgeous architecture, lovely grounds (i adore the idea of this green oasis in the midst of a bustling city... rly is the best of both worlds), amazing tutors, poetry and drama societies r apparently great, generally just an environment conducive to study, wilde went there...
    GCSE Results: 10 A*s
    A2 Subjects: english lit, rs, drama
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    How are you guys preparing for interview?

    I’m rereading all the books I discussed in my personal statement and doing some practise interviews but I feel like I should do more- I’m just not sure exactly what!
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    (Original post by oogold)
    How are you guys preparing for interview?

    I’m rereading all the books I discussed in my personal statement and doing some practise interviews but I feel like I should do more- I’m just not sure exactly what!
    ik what u mean. i feel like i want to use the time i have left to be as productive as possible but don't know what the most productive thing to do is (so my solution is naturally to scroll through tsr's oxford threads for hours...).

    as i have a drama practical and written report both due friday (which will contribute to my final a level), and bc i work a saturday shift, i've made the decision not to reread all books on my personal statement as i think i would cram desparately due to the amount of books on there - so ur already ahead of and more prepared than me! i asked my teacher to chat with me for 15 minutes after school on monday, and hopefully he'll give me an unseen poem tomorrow for a bit of extra practice (have ur practice interviews been similar?).

    a lot of my prep has been mental in a non-intellectual sense. half of me is essentially wagging a metaphorical finger at the other half like 'what right do you, puny adolescent female from lincolnshire, have to comment on the beacon that is the english literary canon?'. so it's kinda a case of overcoming impostor syndrome and reminding myself that (hopefully) oxford haven't made a mistake in inviting me to interview, that i haven't fluked my gcses, a levels, success through ucas... i feel like confidence in one's own ability (w a generous dash of humility, ofc) really helps in an interview environment u kno?? and ik that i'll be meeting some extremely intelligent people at interview, so my biggest wish is to view this when i get there as something exhilarating/ inspiring and not crippling, bc the best way to learn imo is to be positive and receptive.

    i've also been watching loads of lectures and stuff online but more bc i just enjoy them and have an excuse to bc 'it's for my interview'. i'm doing pretty general revision, looking not just at the books on my ps but at my reading list from the past year and a bit. plus am practicing the wacky sort of questions that make the papers both for the fun of it and in an attempt to be ready for anything (or at least ready to adapt to anything).

    i guess it's not something that most people will ever feel truly ready for, which is a bit of a trite thing to say ik (but there's an element of truth in hackneyed phrases no? ). it seems like you're doing a lot already tbh, and the fact that you think you should be doing more than you are gives the impression that you are a very keen and motivated student, and so exactly what they're looking for!! best of luck to you :+)
 
 
 
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