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I’m going to keep this anonymous for now, I just need some advice as to my current situation.

Just for context, I’m not into flexing or all that, I got six 9s, two 8s and an A* at GCSE and took History, English Lit., Philosophy and Politics at A level. At the moment I’m looking to do Theology/Religion at uni.

Currently the workload is grim, extra reading and essay competitions take up a lot of free time because the school I’m at is fairly pushy and really shoves Oxbridge programs down your throat. I’ve taken up an EPQ, as well as studying for ACT exams in April, and subject ACT tests in late summer. I can’t drop any of these, what the hell do I do. I know I shouldn’t be complaining because I landed myself in this but I went in blind and now I’m stuck.

To make matters slightly worse I play quite a lot of sport, I’m going for a sports scholarship to the US so training is heavy. I’m at school every day of the week, and although I enjoy my sport and my subjects (to an extent) there is no way I can sit through sixth form alone, let alone 3-4 more years in uni, and have the chance of being stuck in a desk job for the next 50 after that.

So what do I do? Any and all advice appreciated.

Thanks
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A lot of the people who got into Oxbridge at my college didn't even do EPQ and felt that it wasn't necessary for them. Honestly, the workload from EPQ alone is ridiculous, and I doubt it is even worth your time. No one I know at my college reccomends it and we actively try to prevent first years from taking it. But, this is just our opinion. And by the way, you most definitely should be able to drop whatever you want, you just need to be assertive.
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I agree with previous poster EPQ is totally not required and nor are the essay competitions.It does not seem as if the ACT stuff will be over taxing for you,have you seen any past papers.You need to research what YOU need to do to fulfil your dream degree and focus on that.My son's school had him convinced he should be doing 5 A levels plus general studies and it was only on an Oxford Open Day when the professor giving the talk said applicants should concentrate on getting 3 good A levels that it dawned on him that what he was doing was unhelpful and unnecessary.
You need to talk to either your parents or a teacher you trust at school as it sounds as if things are getting to you and it is better to find a better balanced workload sooner rather than later.
As for spending your life behind a desk totally not true nor in fact do you even have to do a degree at all.Life for you is full of great choices but get talking to someone who can help you regain a sense of control.
(Original post by Anonymous)
I’m going to keep this anonymous for now, I just need some advice as to my current situation.

Just for context, I’m not into flexing or all that, I got six 9s, two 8s and an A* at GCSE and took History, English Lit., Philosophy and Politics at A level. At the moment I’m looking to do Theology/Religion at uni.

Currently the workload is grim, extra reading and essay competitions take up a lot of free time because the school I’m at is fairly pushy and really shoves Oxbridge programs down your throat. I’ve taken up an EPQ, as well as studying for ACT exams in April, and subject ACT tests in late summer. I can’t drop any of these, what the hell do I do. I know I shouldn’t be complaining because I landed myself in this but I went in blind and now I’m stuck.

To make matters slightly worse I play quite a lot of sport, I’m going for a sports scholarship to the US so training is heavy. I’m at school every day of the week, and although I enjoy my sport and my subjects (to an extent) there is no way I can sit through sixth form alone, let alone 3-4 more years in uni, and have the chance of being stuck in a desk job for the next 50 after that.

So what do I do? Any and all advice appreciated.

Thanks
(Original post by Renny2283)
A lot of the people who got into Oxbridge at my college didn't even do EPQ and felt that it wasn't necessary for them. Honestly, the workload from EPQ alone is ridiculous, and I doubt it is even worth your time. No one I know at my college reccomends it and we actively try to prevent first years from taking it. But, this is just our opinion. And by the way, you most definitely should be able to drop whatever you want, you just need to be assertive.
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