Application

 Oxford

 Lady Margaret Hall

 Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular

 2008

 pooled, offer made (Lady Margaret Hall)

Applicant

 International Baccalaureate

 pre-qualification

 overseas

 Singapore

 Independent – selective

Indo boy, studied in singapore

 yes

International Baccalaureate

( predicted 7; gained NA)

( predicted 7; gained NA)

( predicted 7; gained NA)

( predicted 7; gained NA)

( predicted 7; gained NA)

( predicted 7; gained NA)

( predicted 3; gained NA)

Details about the offer

 conditional

7 in Chemistry

40 pts

yes

yes

no

I applied to Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Chicago, upenn, JHU, Northwestern.

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

ITS FREAKING OXBRIDGE!

I filled out the application form for natural sciences at first. I had this impression that Cam will allow me to take physics, even though I did not offer IB physics. I called them and they said no. So there is no point for me to apply there anymore. The next best alternative is Oxford’s biochem program – it is very unique and alot of the modules really interest me. I compared this against doing Chem/Bio at Cam Nat Sci. Nat Sci is fantastic, but no module really stands out. Biochem’s 4th year modules and the module on biophysics are really interesting and just jumps out for me. Biochem eventually edged out Nat Sci.

See above

I applied Oriel at first because I really liked their maverick/independent spirit.

Preparation

no

READ AND READ AND READ, READ, READ!

Interview

no

no

no

Let’s put it this way: If I had not gotten in, I would be terribly disappointed and shocked.

It was very mathematical – the guy did derivations of gas laws and eventually produced the van der waals equation. It was not hard, but I must say that my background in Chem Olympiad helped ALOT. The passage was about Sift-MS spectroscopy. Again, Chem Olympiad to the resue

Derivations of gas laws, from PV=nRT to the van der waals. Then the applications and principles of Sift-MS spectroscopy. It was from a passage and I made tons of annotations

Suit. I thought that it was going to be hell, so I might as well look cool and make an impression

Final stage

I was on track 24/7

I got rejected by a girl the same day Oxford accepted me. Go figure

Looking back

DUH!

READ! please READ LIKE MAD DOG