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    Okay... this is potentially a long one...
    So I applied to university in October/November to do Philosophy and Politics at:
    1) Durham
    2) York
    3) Edinburgh
    4) Queen Mary’s London (Politics)
    5) Birmingham (Philosophy and Political Science)
    And that is my order of preference. The entire way through the process of looking round unis and applying I thought I would LOVE to go to Durham but worst comes to worst I like all 5 unis and would be happy to go to any, well now the time has come... I’m not. I was very lucky early on to receive unconditionals from York and Birmingham and a standard AAB offer from Queen Mary’s. And really it was just a waiting game to see what Durham came back to me with. Unfortunately I have been rejected from Durham - which I completely understand - it’s a competitive uni with only a certain number of places. I’m still waiting on Edinburgh but after looking at some uni stats I would quite like to come out of my 4 YEARS with a job! And that is less likely at Edinburgh with a 20% unemployment rate.

    So I basically realised I have to go to York. The courses at Birmingham and QMUL are not exactly what I want to do and they are my more unfavourable uni choices. And it seems so incredibly stupid to turn an unconditional down from York when their unusual requirement is AAA and my predicted grades are AAA. But I was underwhelmed by the open day in the summer; not so much I didn’t want to apply, but it was nothing in comparison to Durham (for me anyway). I have an offer holders Open day on Wednesday which I am hoping will inspire me to want to go to York and get motivated to do well in my A-Levels (but that is a side issue). In preparation for this I was looking at YouTube Videos for some positivity about York and ngl it has left me wishing for Durham even more.

    I know that I need to forget about Durham now, what is done is done and I need to move on but it is so hard when York just isn’t inspiring me. But I was sort of hoping either someone going/ has gone through the same thing could help? Any current York students who can convince me it is perfect!? Or just any other advice on what to do?

    Please don’t hate on this post! I honestly couldn’t have done any more research into universities and I was so excited to go and study at ANY of them, and very thankful I had the opportunity to, but at the moment I’m regretting all of my decisions MASSIVELY!! (I have no ambition of taking a gap year unless I ABSOLUTELY have to) TIA ☺️ x
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    (Original post by ScarlettCake2)
    Okay... this is potentially a long one...
    So I applied to university in October/November to do Philosophy and Politics at:
    1) Durham
    2) York
    3) Edinburgh
    4) Queen Mary’s London (Politics)
    5) Birmingham (Philosophy and Political Science)
    And that is my order of preference. The entire way through the process of looking round unis and applying I thought I would LOVE to go to Durham but worst comes to worst I like all 5 unis and would be happy to go to any, well now the time has come... I’m not. I was very lucky early on to receive unconditionals from York and Birmingham and a standard AAB offer from Queen Mary’s. And really it was just a waiting game to see what Durham came back to me with. Unfortunately I have been rejected from Durham - which I completely understand - it’s a competitive uni with only a certain number of places. I’m still waiting on Edinburgh but after looking at some uni stats I would quite like to come out of my 4 YEARS with a job! And that is less likely at Edinburgh with a 20% unemployment rate.

    So I basically realised I have to go to York. The courses at Birmingham and QMUL are not exactly what I want to do and they are my more unfavourable uni choices. And it seems so incredibly stupid to turn an unconditional down from York when their unusual requirement is AAA and my predicted grades are AAA. But I was underwhelmed by the open day in the summer; not so much I didn’t want to apply, but it was nothing in comparison to Durham (for me anyway). I have an offer holders Open day on Wednesday which I am hoping will inspire me to want to go to York and get motivated to do well in my A-Levels (but that is a side issue). In preparation for this I was looking at YouTube Videos for some positivity about York and ngl it has left me wishing for Durham even more.

    I know that I need to forget about Durham now, what is done is done and I need to move on but it is so hard when York just isn’t inspiring me. But I was sort of hoping either someone going/ has gone through the same thing could help? Any current York students who can convince me it is perfect!? Or just any other advice on what to do?

    Please don’t hate on this post! I honestly couldn’t have done any more research into universities and I was so excited to go and study at ANY of them, and very thankful I had the opportunity to, but at the moment I’m regretting all of my decisions MASSIVELY!! (I have no ambition of taking a gap year unless I ABSOLUTELY have to) TIA ☺️ x
    Did you get any feedback on your durham rejection?
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    Did you get any feedback on your durham rejection?
    Only the generic feedback saying there’s a lot of applicants inevitably meaning they have to reject many excellent applicants who meet the requirements. And that they compare applications with each other and mine just wasn’t as competitive as others 🙁
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    (Original post by ScarlettCake2)
    Only the generic feedback saying there’s a lot of applicants inevitably meaning they have to reject many excellent applicants who meet the requirements. And that they compare applications with each other and mine just wasn’t as competitive as others 🙁
    If it wasn't anything specific then I would be inclined to say not to take a gap year and reapply unless you get higher grades than expected
 
 
 

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