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i'm an average student, in yr 11 and that's because i haven't really put any effort into my lessons or revision. i know i am capable of getting excellent grades , but i must start focusing in lessons , which i intend to start. is it far-fetched to want to study at Oxford or Cambridge for medicine.I have a specific goal and route in mind, and honestly am intelligent enough to get amazing grades but have been lazy and potentially miserable- and this has affected my motivation , my ability to actually care about the present , let alone the future.i also think i had an autistic breakdown:/
I am likely going to attend my local sixth-from , which to be fair has better results for A-level that certain well known grammar schools (in my area) , i checked this on education gov beta site.
i feel like its stupid to want to go to Oxford/Cambridge because i don't feel like I have a chance, i don't know why i am posting this , because no one really knows the future , idk , was hoping someone like me got in and could share their story?
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Hiya,
There are many people like you who have managed to get into Oxford and Cambridge- don't worry! Your goals and aspirations are fantastic and you should aim for them as much as possible.

I think when it comes to goals like these, it's easier to focus on the end goal without seeing all the work that goes in. You say that you're doing averagely in year 11- Oxford and Cambridge require really good GCSE grades to be considered. What can you do in the short term to improve your grades? Have you got a revision timetable? What are your strengths and weaknesses in each of your subjects? Questions like these can really help you visualise a path to getting good grades, which is the first step to getting into Oxford or Cambridge.

Planning on going to your local sixth form sounds great, but it's also important to recognise that in order to get good grades, you have to contribute. You can go to the best sixth form in the country, but if you don't put the work in it can be difficult to get results.

It's not stupid at all and you absolutely have a chance. Have you researched the pathway into medicine for Oxbridge? Let me know if you have any questions :smile:

John C
Y5 UEA Med Student
Medic Mind
Reply 3
Original post by ambrxxn1
i'm an average student, in yr 11 and that's because i haven't really put any effort into my lessons or revision. i know i am capable of getting excellent grades , but i must start focusing in lessons , which i intend to start. is it far-fetched to want to study at Oxford or Cambridge for medicine.I have a specific goal and route in mind, and honestly am intelligent enough to get amazing grades but have been lazy and potentially miserable- and this has affected my motivation , my ability to actually care about the present , let alone the future.i also think i had an autistic breakdown:/
I am likely going to attend my local sixth-from , which to be fair has better results for A-level that certain well known grammar schools (in my area) , i checked this on education gov beta site.
i feel like its stupid to want to go to Oxford/Cambridge because i don't feel like I have a chance, i don't know why i am posting this , because no one really knows the future , idk , was hoping someone like me got in and could share their story?


Hey, it's great that you have this aim, and it's definitely not stupid ! Gonville and Caius has a website (as do other colleges) where you can message current students doing medicine, I think that's worth checking out. Best of luck and keep working hard
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Original post by ambrxxn1
i'm an average student, in yr 11 and that's because i haven't really put any effort into my lessons or revision. i know i am capable of getting excellent grades , but i must start focusing in lessons , which i intend to start. is it far-fetched to want to study at Oxford or Cambridge for medicine.I have a specific goal and route in mind, and honestly am intelligent enough to get amazing grades but have been lazy and potentially miserable- and this has affected my motivation , my ability to actually care about the present , let alone the future.i also think i had an autistic breakdown:/
I am likely going to attend my local sixth-from , which to be fair has better results for A-level that certain well known grammar schools (in my area) , i checked this on education gov beta site.
i feel like its stupid to want to go to Oxford/Cambridge because i don't feel like I have a chance, i don't know why i am posting this , because no one really knows the future , idk , was hoping someone like me got in and could share their story?


Under achieved that knows they are capable of way way more. You are me, I got rejected from Cambridge but going to St. Andrews, pls just work it’s the best thing I ever did
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Original post by Maya B
Hey, it's great that you have this aim, and it's definitely not stupid ! Gonville and Caius has a website (as do other colleges) where you can message current students doing medicine, I think that's worth checking out. Best of luck and keep working hard

Please could you send the link for this website as I cannot find it? Thank you!
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Original post by ryanmcl05
Under achieved that knows they are capable of way way more. You are me, I got rejected from Cambridge but going to St. Andrews, pls just work it’s the best thing I ever did


I’ll start , thanks .
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