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Now is the time of year when lots of people are frantically putting together UCAS applications for Oxford or Cambridge, and I thought it's worth talking about the large number of misconceptions about both universities and their application processes.

What are the biggest myths about Oxford/Cambridge?
What is the truth behind the misconception?



Disclaimer: In case it wasn't obvious some of the statements below are listing things that are NOT true for Oxbridge applications.
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gotta hve that big brain

p.s. no fish in the holes ;(
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That Cambridge is a good uni :nothing:



On a (slightly) more serious note, from my perspective it would be either "I can't afford to go to Oxford" or "Oxford is full of snobby private school people and I won't fit in". Neither of those things are true :nah:
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Now is the time of year when lots of people are frantically putting together UCAS applications for Oxford or Cambridge, and I thought it's worth talking about the large number of misconceptions about both universities and their application processes.

What are the biggest myths about Oxford/Cambridge?
What is the truth behind the misconception?

To achieve a “good” Cambridge experience, you must achieve the following:

1. A 1st
2. A future spouse
3. A job right after graduation.
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That you don't need A-level Maths or equivalent to study economics at either Oxford or Cambridge...
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(1) That your college choice is the be-all-and-end-all and that there are "best" colleges for different subjects.
(2) That Cambridge is best for sciences and Oxford is best for arts/humanities
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You need to be doing at least 4 A Levels to stand a chance of getting a place.
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your PS needs to mention at least 3 undiscovered Brazilian tribes and your 2 groundbreaking contributions to New Scientist magazine.
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your PS needs to mention at least 3 undiscovered Brazilian tribes and your 2 groundbreaking contributions to New Scientist magazine.
PRSOM :rofl:
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gotta hve that big brain

p.s. no fish in the holes ;(
You have to be clever and (even more vital) keen on your subject. But you don't have to be a genius by any means
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Trinity is the holy grail.
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That you have to be at least 6.5 to be a decent rower.
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Trinity is the holy grail.
ikr. the guys there don't ever use calculators ?

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Yes indeedy! I am loving every single post so far..
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ikr. the guys there don't ever use calculators ?

:captain:
Lol.

Do you think the stereotypes were real?
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your PS needs to mention at least 3 undiscovered Brazilian tribes and your 2 groundbreaking contributions to New Scientist magazine.
That the bear secretly prefers Oxford, and that I went to Oxford (went to Manchester, and Oxford is totally unsuited to me)
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On a serious note.

That Cambridge is suited to specific people. This puts off many clever people, which is sad.
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Now is the time of year when lots of people are frantically putting together UCAS applications for Oxford or Cambridge, and I thought it's worth talking about the large number of misconceptions about both universities and their application processes.

What are the biggest myths about Oxford/Cambridge?
What is the truth behind the misconception?

No prizes for guessing what I'm going to post next...

Here's my myth buster chapter, talking about all the rubbish misconceptions about Oxford, and why we need to ignore them

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6100480
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