Application

 Oxford

 Jesus

 Classics

 1999 (deferred entry)

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Grammar School

 yes (7 A*,3 A)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in French, A in Latin

AAB

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

The better education offered as opposed to other universities

I preferred the course offered at Oxford, and also the city, which does not feel so university dominated.

It is quite small, and conveniently situated in the centre of town. I looked round a few, and Jesus appeared to be the most friendly.

Preparation

yes

I had one practice interview at school

Don’t be afraid to argue your point of view, even if the interviewers are disagreeing.

Interview

no

yes

2 Latin essays, as requested by the college. I picked 2 I was confident talking about, even though they were not the best 2 essays I had written.

yes

I had to do a Latin unseen. I prepared by revising my vocabulary and grammar.

I had 3 interviews. 1 philosophy interview on the evening I arrived, 1 subject interview and 1 ancient history interview (at Oriel)

In my subject interview at Jesus, I was asked why I was applying for Classics and specific questions relating to points I had made in my essay (the interviewers were arguing against my points). In my philosophy interview, which lasted 20 minutes, I was asked how to define living. Unexpectedly I enjoyed it, as I had time to develop an argument, and the interviewer quite often interrupted to disagree with me, which guided me onto another track.

I wore smart casual. I didn’t know whether to wear a tie or not, but decided against it because it seemed too formal.

Impressions

It seemed friendly

Very good – I had a large sitting room and a small bedroom at interview. Better than accomodation I saw at some other colleges.

Good

Some self-catering facilities would be nice, so that Hall food was not necessary every day.

Friendly and helpful – made the interview process easier not harder.

Final stage

I applied for deferred entry, so obviously I was delighted. When I had got my grades, I received a letter from the college advising me how to keep my Latin ticking over through my gap year. Then, the summer before I came, my tutor sent me a letter with some ideas for reading.

Looking back

Yes, because the interview process itself was really good fun, meeting loads of other people in the same situation.

Don’t not apply just because you don’t think you’ll get in: as long as you don’t expect to it’s fine. It’s lovely then if you do get in, but you’ve lost nothing if you don’t. And everyone’s the same – it’s not clique-y at all. Basically, if you think you’d like it, give it a go.