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Negatives of Oxbridge

Everyone always goes on about how great they are, but surely there are many negatives too.

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Work load? That's all I can possibly think of.
You can't take a job in term time at Cambridge.
Reply 3
the terms are shorter and the work load bigger so it is alot more intense when you are there (or so i would imagine)
you won't be top of the pile and the cleverest there..... but these are really pushing it... i think they are THE places to go :smile:
**CutiePie**
Work load? That's all I can possibly think of.


Well it is Oxbridge! :rolleyes: And to me, it's worth it.

rockrunride

You can't take a job in term time at Cambridge.


For the sake that you can concentrate more on your work. That's what holidays and Long Vacation is for.
Reply 6
Yes. Without having read the rest of the thread:

I met more socially inept people at Oxford in one year than in three years at another respected university.
I really really hated the catered thing (having spent the past three years cooking for myself and being independent). Cooking facilities in my college were to this end very poor as they basically just want to exhort money from you by making you go catered at rip-off prices.
I had a much stronger college identity than a university one: I loved my college and it was easy to get involved there but it was extremely difficult to get involved in university activities (things were often badly organised with poor communication).
At my college, I didn't feel that my college advisor really cared much about my welfare as a new student there. I suppose they assume that postgraduates don't need the same support as undergraduates...
Mr Nonsense
you won't be top of the pile and the cleverest there..... but these are really pushing it... i think they are THE places to go :smile:


I would say that's a positive, the reason being that you are with people with the same interests as you etc.
im so academic
For the sake that you can concentrate more on your work. That's what holidays and Long Vacation is for.


I'd rather go to a "lesser" university than be treated like a child.
Reply 9
im so academic
Well it is Oxbridge! :rolleyes: And to me, it's worth it.



For the sake that you can concentrate more on your work. That's what holidays and Long Vacations are for.

:p:
Oxbridge eh?


/anal
Reply 10
rockrunride
I'd rather go to a "lesser" university than be treated like a child.

Ditto. It's not their place to decide. If your work starts to slip, THEN they have the right to step in and try to work out why, but NOT before.
I especially resented this kind of attitude still prevailing at postgraduate level (when the lifestyle and academics of it are different, especially given that you are there all year round and NOT going home for holidays).
Angelil
Yes. Without having read the rest of the thread:

I met more socially inept people at Oxford in one year than in three years at another respected university. What's wrong with that? Everyone's different.
I had a much stronger college identity than a university one: I loved my college and it was easy to get involved there but it was extremely difficult to get involved in university activities (things were often badly organised with poor communication). University Union? (I think that is what it's called) Basically the renowned debating society. What about student politics and getting involved in the Oxford Student and the Cherwell?


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im so academic
I would say that's a positive, the reason being that you are with people with the same interests as you etc.
What a load of rubbish. People (well, probably not you) don't tend to make friends with other just because have a comparable level of intellect.
im so academic
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you'd know, of course.
rockrunride
I'd rather go to a "lesser" university than be treated like a child.


Fine by me, but what did you mean treated like a child? From my point of view, Oxbridge doesn't treat you like a child, I mean there must be lots of independent work involved including writing essays and reading etc.
Reply 15
ISA: You don't understand until you see it. I saw levels of social retardedness that were absolutely stratospheric, including extremely poor levels of English from internationals who have allegedly passed English tests in order to go to Oxford, 25-year-olds with the social skills of 15-year-olds, and people who don't know how to park bicycles.
And yes, when I said it was difficult to get involved with university activities, I did include the student journalism etc in that. Can't speak for the Union as I was never interested in being a member and was advised by others that the joining cost wasn't worth it.

You strike me as being someone besotted with the Oxford dream, which doesn't much match the reality. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed my year there well enough, but more fool you if you've bought into all the shiny advertising. I think you want to go there for all the wrong reasons, and this will only show if you ever have an interview there.
im so academic
Fine by me, but what did you mean treated like a child? From my point of view, Oxbridge doesn't treat you like a child, I mean there must be lots of independent work involved including writing essays and reading etc.


Threatening someone with expulsion because of how they choose to manage their private life is treating someone like a child, in my book.

Can't they let you make your own decision? Of course, there is work involved, but shouldn't they step in if they start to fall behind, and trust their students?

Also, I fend for myself much more at UCL: self-catered, no bedsheets, etc.
At least for CS, the course is very very theoretical. Whilst this may be good in an academic sense, you do really want a good practical basing too (whats the point of knowing all this theory, but you can't put it into practise because you've done hardly any practical work).
Reply 18
And before I forget: Oxford's organisational skills are ABYSMAL. Before going there, I never would have thought in a million years that a place could be worse than Exeter University in this regard. Whooooa no.
The holidays are too long.
sadie-kiki
:p:
Oxbridge eh?


/anal

Well, that correction's very controversial, even for a prescriptive grammarian. Why should the first part of the clause take precedence in determining the case?