Where Students who turn down Cambridge University end up Watch
As an interesting aside, I firmed my Cambridge offer for this year. My insurance is St Andrews. Except I genuinely prefer St A’s in terms of course and city.... 🤔
But I’d be very happy to go to either, so 😊
I come from a state school in the North, who in their 54 year history has never had someone with an Oxbridge offer (despite people applying). So although I got lots of support from my great teachers, I was just ‘giving it a go’ without much hope of an interview, yet alone an offer. I spent the weeks leading up to the 10th of January convincing myself I hadn’t got an offer and falling more and more in love with St Andrews, who’d already given me an offer.
When I did get my conditional offer, I was shocked. Took me until late May to decide. Nobody could fathom I’d reject Cambridge. The consensus is that you’re in a better position for jobs/opportunities because of Oxbridge, so I firmed it. My view is if I’m destined to go there, it’ll be decided on results day
TLDR; I firmed Cambridge instead of St A’s because of reputation and career aspirations. Happy with either (massively worried I’ve got into none though!)
4 choices + 1 for medics/vets/dentists. Could've picked e.g. Cambridge biology/biomed as their 5th choice, but then ended up getting offers from other unis for med/vet/dentistry.
I am afraid it can come as a shock that the world does not share the obsessions of TSR. Counselling is available.
In seriousness though, people do sometimes make choices that don't go within the norm or what is expected of them. For some people, family, money considerations or opportunities (career, internship, apprenticeship) are bigger priorities than going to a particular university. The same can be said for other things society values (like people preferring the lower-paying job because they like it more).
It's sometimes hard for people who have different priorities to understand. TSR is essentially its own microcosm of students who are academically-minded, so not pursuing the academic option sticks out as unusual. The inverse would probably be true of a person going to university from a family/culture where no one has ever gone to university/has only done apprenticeships or gone to work.
I do know of a few people who have dropped out of university to pursue a career where a degree isn't de-facto required and they're very happy so far with their career. I also know people who went to university who really wanted to do something else (music performance in this case) but were pushed (and later became a musician anyway).
It's substantially better to do something you enjoy and take the less common path than to do something other people expect you to do and be miserable. If your dreams involve a specific university, awesome. If they don't, that's fine as well.
Cambridge doesn't have a biomedical/biology (or dentistry) course - they do have Natural Sciences though, but you're unlikely to get a NatSci offer with a medicine personal statement.
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The people who went to Southampton, Exeter, Leeds, Keele, etc instead of Cambridge is most definitely because they had hugely inflated A level predictions and somehow got an interview and an offer. They know they could not complete it so they act tough & cool by declining it. Getting pretty much all inflated A*s predictions and then ending with ABBB is nothing to be proud of lmao
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