(Original post by aleko)
I say go for it. It was always my plan to re-apply if I didn't get in. I think the internship idea is great.
I have one question though: Do you do Maths? Are you any good at it? If not this may be the reason for your rejection. I say this because both my friend and I are obsessive political animals, we both do similar things and had very similar appliations when we applied to Oxford. We are also both rubbish at Maths. I got in and he didn't. The reason being the fact (I think) that he applied for PPE whereas I applied for Modern History and Politics. He really wanted to do ModHis/Pol as well but was discouraged by our school who said that statistically we stood more chance at PPE. I ignored them, he didn't and the Maths element scuppered him.
I'm saying this because because from your posts you sound more politically orientated than economically orientated (correct me if I'm wrong). Perhaps you should consider MHP (if you like History) or even SPS at Cambridge depending on your feedback? Just a suggestion. However if you really want to do PPE and don't mind the Maths than I would say re-apply to a different college for the same.
Well, I'm not really interested in simply maths, but I do find economics and economic philosophy very interesting. I think I did well on the economics part of the PPE exam; I'm going to send Keble an email though in the next coupld of days and see what they have to say about my test.
You're right though, I am more interested in politics. Would doing a very politically focused gap year be really beneficial or would it be better to combine economics in as well?
I'm still interested in pursuing PPE over a history/politics degree.
(Original post by Alexander )
Do you not mean that you'd reapply during a gap year? Reapplying after a gap year would mean that you'd end up having two gap years.
Right, I meant re-apply
the gap year. That is how one does it, right?
A couple more questions, if you don't mind:
-Is there a good website I could check out to do a bit more research on politics, philosophy, and economic related gap year programs? It's so uncommon here in the states that I haven't been able to find any information on it and I know no one in the business.
-Some people who commented in this thread said the internship idea would be good for a political degree such as PPE (or the others that aleko mentioned as well) while some said an internship might not be theoretical enough as PPE is a theory based degree. Can anyone provide suggestions to something that might be more appropriate?
Thanks a lot for your time, everybody.