Application

 Oxford

 Queen’s

 Classics

 2009

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

 yes (9 A*,3 A)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Classical Civilisation, A in Latin

AAA

yes

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

It is the best University for Classics, with the biggest Classics department in the World and expert tutors!

I went to Oxford and really fell in love with the city – i could imagine myself living there for four years and really enjoying it.

I’m never happier than when i immerse myself in the language, history and culture of Greece and Rome, so choosing the Oxford course was the obvious choice!

Queen’s is central and one of the older colleges – two things i wanted. Also, i had heard lots of good things about it from friends that were there whilst i was making my application.

Preparation

yes

I had a couple of mock interviews and did some unseen latin preparation.

Don’t get too bogged down in preparing or you’ll get stressed and worried – just take it as it comes!

Interview

no

yes

I had to send two essays – i sent one essay on epic poetry and the other was on the Medea.

yes

For Classics there’s an hour long test in Latin, then one in Greek if you’ve studied it in the past.

I had 3 (2 at Queen’s then one at Sommervile) and while i was there i did not think they had gone very well – i really didn’t think that i’d got the point they wanted me to get, or that i hadn’t given them enough.
I was actually really shocked when i received my offer!

I had a philosophy interview when i first got there, then a literature and history interview the next day. My interview at Sommervile was mainly about a poem i had to analyse and then about politics!

I mixed smart with casual! So for the first day i wore a smart dress, then suit pants with a top and then jeans with a shirt.

Impressions

I loved Queen’s – everyone was very friendly and it’s a gorgeous place!
The JCR in particular is impressive!

I didn’t get to see as much of Sommervile, but it seemed nice aswell – i think it was bigger than Queen’s, in that it had more land – but don’t hold me to that!!

I was in the QLQ, so one of the anexes, and it was really nice. I had a massive room with an en suite, but i know that some other people there had very small rooms!

The food was really nice!
Self service for breakfast and lunch, and then tea was served (which i found really odd to deal with).

They were all incredibly nice – they tried to make me feel comfortable and were not trying to shock or scare me.

They were all really helpful and easy going!

Final stage

The waiting is horrifying! A few of my friends had received rejections a few days before i got my letter so i had convinced myself i was not getting in.

I pretty much attacked the post man to get my letter and i was absolutely chuffed (obviously!!) when i saw the sentence ‘i am pleased…’

Looking back

Absolutely – the four days i spent down there were lots of fun – a free holiday with some really interesting people!

Just to be calm about the whole thing and not to try and read into how your interview has gone – anything can happen!