Too ugly for Oxford?Watch
I go to a grammar school with a moderately strong Oxbridge success rate. This year we had 7 into Cambridge and 4 into Oxford from a large group of students. The Oxford offer-holders interest me, though, as all four share two common features. Firstly, whilst they are far from unintelligent, they are not and have not ever been considered amongst the cleverest in the year in any respect whatsoever. Secondly, they are all well above average in the looks department.
I'd estimate that around 20 of my other peers were rejected from Oxford, including many who have always shone academically and massively outdone the four offer-holders at each and every opportunity (GCSEs, personal statements, Olympiads/essay competitions, prizes, leadership positions etc. etc.). These outstanding unsuccessful applicants are notably less attractive that the four who got in, leading me to question if looks play a part in Oxford's decisions.
Casting my mind back, I have realised that the Oxford offer holders from previous years have also all been notably gorgeous.
I want to make it clear that I am in no way at all accusing Oxford of judging candidates based on looks. I have incredibly insufficient evidence to support this claim and to make it would be immature, ignorant, and insulting. However, the correlation I have noticed between beautiful people and Oxford offers interests me. Has anyone at Oxford, or who knows people who have applied to Oxford, noticed similar things?
(PS. I am not jealous. I have an offer from Cambridge :P)
What do you think of Cambridge? Do you think your theory holds true there as well?
I doubt that's the case. They're probably just very good at bigging themselves up in interviews. One of my cousins is like that. She's not hugely smart but she seems to be able to just walk into any job she likes, cause she can talk the talk.
I really didn't mean to!! I know some 'ugly' people who have gone to Oxford and even these four are definitely clever, just perhaps not the very best. I'm only curious if Oxford seems to produce a high degree of good-looking candidates and if this is the case (which it may well not be) why this is. I haven't really noticed a similar trend with Cambridge at all. Although once again, this is only a speculation based on the people at my school - it might be a complete coincidence!