You're leaning towards German? I reckon I can help you with that. Keep looking at my blog, especially on around 16th May. Then you'll see what (i hope) will happen. Some way or other, I will get some help to you.
Imperial looks lovely! Also medicine can be very addictive. All my ex husband's friends were doctors nurses, and all they ever wanted to talk about was medicine. They also went to all the crappiest pubs and restaurants, so nobody else went and nobody else ever found out their favourite venues. In Manchester, it was a restaurant called Charlie Brown's. The vindaloo was so bad, if you could eat it you got a t-shirt. Then all that changed when the health inspectors came to call and found an alsatian dog in the freezer, all ready to be put in their special curry...
They weren't above a little mischief, either. Once we had a party at the hospital. Afterwards people went back to the cars and found they had been turned upside down by the students. It made the pages of the local paper.
Students should be doing their own applications - it's not a good idea for parents to be involved. They should just be on the sidelines supporting.
I think it is a good idea for parents to be involved, just as long as they respect the fact that their children need to make their own decisions, which I'm sure is the case for the vast majority of parents. My children didn't go to Oxford but I did my best to help them with their uni visits and applications. As @Oxford Mum says, a lot of my support took the form of being a taxi service for Open Days etc, but I think my kids also liked having a second opinion on certain things, such as which accomodation looked the best or how they could improve their personal statements.
Unfortunately not - I'm a parent and a teacher so I've seen both sides. You don't have to be on TSR long to see how many parents are making decisions for their children.
From a student's side if a parent has been there and done it I think it's good to hear their thoughts on the matter. I was the first child in my family to go into university level education, so my parents were not able to help. I agree it's not good for a parent to make the decisions for their children but its certainly good to get a fresh insight from a different person and then weigh up your options from there.