QUOTE(Tess @ Aug 26 2006, 09:35 PM)
QUOTE(SuzyMac @ Aug 26 2006, 12:37 PM)
Ey up - sorry for intruding, being a graduate and all.... Aim high. Then have an insurance offer that you'll be happy at, that you are pretty certain you can manage to get. Good on you for not bowing to pressure to look at Cambridge - there are loads of other good unis out there.
I don't understand. What pressure? It's imaginary, it is.
Most parents or even independent school heads/teachers will NOT apply any pressure on their kids HOWEVER BRIGHT to go for the so-called "greats" like Cambridge / Oxford/ UoLondon / Durham / Warwick / Birmingham / Bristol? Why then do so many young people besmirch Cambridge, etc? Could this be ignorance or envy?
It's not always imaginary, Tess - I know that if I had got a place at Cambridge there would have been pressure from certain teachers and certains members of my family to accept it, even though having been there and having looked in detail at the course I knew it wasn't for me. I was relieved when I didn't get a place, and not at all surprised: nothing against Cambridge per se, or any implication that it was snobby or whatever. I just knew it wasn't for me. I'm glad I applied and went for interview, because I think I would always have wondered "what if?", but that experience was enough to convince me that it would not have suited me.
QUOTE(YetAnotherPianist @ Aug 26 2006, 10:23 PM)
Someone applied to Cambridge and was given an offer which he deemed unrealistic; as such, he wanted to drop Further Maths to give him time to concentrate on his other A-levels, put one of the London universities as his first choice and somewhere else as his second. As soon as this got out, he was sent to the headmaster who told him he had to put Cambridge as his first choice, and was not allowed to drop further maths. Thankfully, his dad was a govenor who managed to kick up a fuss about it and in the end he was allowed to do what he wanted. For a while there, though, he was within a gnats wing of leaving over the whole thing.
QUOTE(nicki_flute @ Aug 26 2006, 10:49 PM)
For me, I put myself under so much pressure, to cover so much work in 8 weeks, I would literally make myself fail, even though the colleges and town is lovely.
Yes, even 10 week terms can seem very short! Friend of mine is at Oxford, and although she loves it, she finds it really intense.
QUOTE(Lixandreth @ Aug 27 2006, 02:10 AM)
It's a lot of work though, considering your UCAS form has to be in much earlier so you need to make your decisions quicker... Then once you've applied, you have to attend mock interviews.
Actually I think those were the only two advantages for me
My UCAS form was completed in double quick time and in early - one less thing to worry about - and I was forced to make decisions on where to apply rather than dither for months.
And my mock interview with the head was a grilling but also a positive experience and he was really encouraging afterward, which was great in terms of making me feel more confident about the whole uni process, and also good prep for both the interviews that I went to.