Application

 Oxford

 Keble

 Archaeology and Anthropology

 2006

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 EU

 Latvia

 Independent – selective

came to Uk when 11, stayed till 15 but left in the year i was supposed to sit GCSEs – took a year off, went back to latvia, went to a shitty school, came back for 6th form

 yes (3 A*)

A-levels

(A at AS)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained NA at A2)

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted NA; gained NA)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Biology, A in History of Art, A in Spanish

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

the best – prestige

1) oxford course interested me more – u study bio anth, soc anth + arch throughout the 3 years; in cambridge u have to choose 1 to concentrate on after the first year
2) oxford’s a larger city – more nighlife, etc.

anthropology – mix of arts + sciences (both of which i love), i also speak a few languages so that will be handy, want to go into marketing&journalism for which anthropology is an ideal base, my A-level subjects look good on an anthropology application (would be bit weird on history of art/biology course application)
archaeology – couldn’t care less about it (apart from always having wanted to be lara croft which is hardly a good reason to apply for the course), but oxford doesn’t teach anthropolgy separately + arch. is pretty neccessary to understand anth.

big – wanted a greater diversity of people,
not in the centre of town – i’d heard those ones get more applications, so are more difficult to get into,
this college + st.hugh’s are the main arch+ anth colleges,
pretty,
BUT – public school people BEWARE, it’s part of some sort of government initiave which means it takes up more state school people than others, it could work against you. state school people – go for it! its awesome.

Preparation

yes

2 mock interviews – with an RS teacher + a theology doctor from Oxford

don’t owerprepare – obviousely read shit loads, but stop a few days before the interview, don’t cramm. This way u’ll go into it feeling inspired + informed, not overread and nervous.

Interview

no

yes

sent 2 history of art essays – the best i could find

no

2 archaeology ones – the people were nice, but it as pretty obvious i didn’t care abour archaeology.
1 anthropology – left it thinking ‘if they dont take me after this, its just not meant to be’. it was awesome – talked about different social aspects of a post-socialist country recently having joined the EU – Latvia. Just basically blabering on about myself, my cultural+national identity, etc.

Was gived a stone tool and told to describe it. as ive never been on any digs (SO many applicants head) i just improvised, said anything that hit me, etc.

was shown 2 photos of roman settlements in egypt, asked what they told me (patterns of urbanisation)

why do we have museums?
should the british museum give the Parthenon metopes back to Greece?
If you found a vase, what would u do to extract as much information from it as possible?

black jeans-like suade trousers, black high-healed shoes, a grey long-sleeved top (with a deep cleavage as i realised JUST before the interview), pink cashmere cardy, pink+blue plain necklace of a cross. wasn’t too formal – didn’t want to look uptight

Impressions

I loved the architecture, although apparently it suffers a lot of ‘architectural abuse’. quite big, didn’t see any grounds (maybe they were just further away?), not too far from centre, but more so than the most. AMAZING ceiling of the didning room. creepy at night – gothic buildings!

Ok – my room was pretty big

good

very nice. didn’t really get to bond with them though 🙂

Im from a public school, most of them were from state schools but they were great fun and we got on easily

Final stage

i’d made myself believe I wouldn’t get it, so just wanted it over and done with. obviousely nervous, but i never believed id make it so…

started histerically screaming, went out that night to celebrate