I'm currently studying Medicine at a University in Finland, but I'm not liking the course very much, in fact, hardly at all. Before applying for medicine here, I applied to UK Med Schools as well, including Oxford, but was ultimately rejected (which I am happy about in retrospect, because I've realized that medicine is not for me). When I applied to Oxford, it was an open application, but I was allocated to St. Hugh's College and after researching that College, I must say that I was very pleased with it.
Now here's the thing. I'm going to apply to Oxford Chemistry for entry in 2014. While studying Medicine here, I've also taken two university courses in Chemistry (an inorganic course and a physical chemistry one) and quite frankly, I've enjoyed those two courses far more than my first year in Medicine which is why I want to study Chemistry full-time. However, I do have a few questions.
1. Would me choosing St. Hugh's College in my application disadvantage me in any way, because I was allocated to that College in the past and rejected (pre-interview)?
2. Since Oxford interviews +95% of all Chemistry applicants, there's a very good chance of me being interviewed. Do you think the tutors would judge me more harshly because I've already studied Chemistry at university level (note that my courses were 'independent' and each was roughly 3 months), or would they simply see it as something positive because it shows that I am indeed interested in studying Chemistry and judge me on the same basis as all the other applicants?
3. Would the fact that I have studied Medicine for almost a year now disadvantage me? I am concerned that they will assume that Chemistry is my 'second' choice when that really isn't the case. I simply preferred Medicine at first because of the more career options (I will obviously address this in my PS).