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I’m currently at almost at the end of Year 11, about to take my IGCSEs. I am concerned about next year and what extracurriculars I should start working on so I can build a strong university application as I am aiming for the USA.
Any subjects for A-levels are History, Maths, Further Maths and Physics. I am really interested in history, economics and politics but also enjoy physics and stem-based subjects.
If anyone has any recommendations for things I can start doing for my CV that would be great!
(also PS if anyone knows any good physics books I can read to get more interested in it that would be great, I just don’t really know where to look)
Original post by lila__
I’m currently at almost at the end of Year 11, about to take my IGCSEs. I am concerned about next year and what extracurriculars I should start working on so I can build a strong university application as I am aiming for the USA.
Any subjects for A-levels are History, Maths, Further Maths and Physics. I am really interested in history, economics and politics but also enjoy physics and stem-based subjects.
If anyone has any recommendations for things I can start doing for my CV that would be great!
(also PS if anyone knows any good physics books I can read to get more interested in it that would be great, I just don’t really know where to look)

Hello! Cambridge has a list of super-curriculars that are quite good on a website for like every subject/ course they offer - i would suggest checking that out!
https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/files/publications/super-curricular_suggestions.pdf
^ That is the link 🙂
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Hi, I'm in the same position as you- just about to do GCSEs! I'm gunna be taking maths, further maths, physics and chemistry, so quite similar to your subjects I guess. I'm also aiming for a US uni, but I think I want to study straight physics. For your CV, you could look at some volunteering or community work cuz American unis like that, I think. Or maybe you could do some teaching or something, for volunteering?

I have read quite a number of physics books. It really depends what aspect of physics ur into - if you're more particle physics, or astronomy, or even engineering! Let me know and I can recommend some :smile:
Reply 3
Original post by AL0703
Hi, I'm in the same position as you- just about to do GCSEs! I'm gunna be taking maths, further maths, physics and chemistry, so quite similar to your subjects I guess. I'm also aiming for a US uni, but I think I want to study straight physics. For your CV, you could look at some volunteering or community work cuz American unis like that, I think. Or maybe you could do some teaching or something, for volunteering?
I have read quite a number of physics books. It really depends what aspect of physics ur into - if you're more particle physics, or astronomy, or even engineering! Let me know and I can recommend some :smile:


Thank you so much! To be honest i have no particular preference, I need to find a specific field I am more interested in. Could you recommend to me a variety of books you liked, I don't mind which area of physics it's in really. But i would also appreciate engineering books as well!
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Original post by lila__
Thank you so much! To be honest i have no particular preference, I need to find a specific field I am more interested in. Could you recommend to me a variety of books you liked, I don't mind which area of physics it's in really. But i would also appreciate engineering books as well!

Hiii, of course! I'm into theoretical physics (cuz I like being unemployed), and I really enjoyed 'An Elegant Universe' by Brian Greene and 'Six Easy Pieces' (that was not easy) and 'Six Not-so-easy pieces' (which I didn't understand) by Richard Feynman. If you're into engineering, you could read 'the character of physical law' by Feynman as well. I hope this helps!
Just be aware that applications for USA Unis are very different than for those in the UK.
There is special forum on TSR for USA Unis - Studying in North America - The Student Room

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