Basically, I have applied to Cambridge University to study English this year (and I've had my interview at Cambridge this week), however, I really feel that I should have applied to Oxford, and was wondering how to go about dealing with this feeling? Should I try to reapply next year to Oxford whilst studying at a different uni for this year coming (2019) or should I contact the unis?
(Original post by artful_lounger)
Bear in mind even if you did apply to Oxford there's a fair (something like 20-30% I believe) chance you'll end up at another college anyway.
also there's a reasonable, and certainly non-zero, chance you wouldn't get an Oxford offer at all if you did apply.
Personally unless the course is significantly better at Oxford I wouldn't want to risk it. And there's always the opportunity to MSt at Oxford anyway. Plenty of Oxbridge undergrads do their postgrad at "the other place".
Edit: also Wadham is "paired" with Christ's - did you happen to apply there?
Last edited by Doonesbury; 1 week ago
Most of what has been said already is absolutely stellar advice, but I just want to say that in a lot of ways the courses at Cambridge and Oxford are pretty similar. Both institutions have world renowned Literary scholars and offer a wide variety of texts. Also, remember if the course doesn't cover something you're interested in there is always your dissertation etc in order to branch out!
The risk of giving up an offer (if you get one) in order to chance a reapplication would be too much in my opinion.
I'm at Cambridge doing English, and I've lived here since 2017 (I switched subjects), if you want to ask me anything about living in Cambridge or what doing English here is like, feel free.
Honestly both university are very competitive. If you get an offer for Cambridge you would be foolish to reject it imo.
If you dont get an offer for Cambridge, then yeah id apply to Oxford next year - maybe - or just go to Durham / Imperial / St Andrews ect.