Application

 Cambridge

 Christ’s

 Economics

 2006

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 N/A

 Independent – selective

 yes (10 A*)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

yes

yes

yes

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Oxford and Cambridge are the most well renowned universities in the UK and some of the most prestigious in the world with high teaching standards and excellent one-on-one supervisions.

Oxford didnt offer pure Economics

I have always been fascinated by Economics and found the interlinking of factors that make up an economy extremely interesting.

Christ’s was in the centre of town and has a good overall reputation (with past alumni including Charles Darwin and Ali G/Borat).

Preparation

yes

Had a mock interview prior to the exam.

Read the Economist and FT for a general understanding on the current economic situation around the world.
Know your Personal Statement and any work you send in inside out.

Interview

yes

TSA exam – a mix of mathematical and critical thinking questions. Nothing you can overly prepare for.

yes

no

There were two interviews – one general, one subject each lasting 15-20 mins and both one-on-one interviews.

The general interviewer asked me questions relating to my personal statement and what kind of activities i would take part in if I got in. Basically wanted to know whether I am a rounded person as well as a budding Economist.

The subject interviewer mainly asked me questions related to the essay i had sent in. The questions were unexpected and required me to think ‘outside the box’. We then discussed the Pre-budget report which had taken place the day before the exam and he asked me questions related to the Chancellors policies.

A suit because its easier than spending agesss deciding on how to get the formal/casual balance right.

Impressions

The college had nice quads/lawns (as you would expect from an Oxbridge college). Not too large that you can get lost and not too small either. Perfect! loll

na

na

The stereotypical posh dons…but very friendly 😉

na

Final stage

Enjoyed my Christmas and tried to put Cambridge to the back of my mind.

Overjoyed! Nothing could ruin my mood! Its a great feeling that only comes once and makes all the prep worth it (well it also means you have another 3 yrs of working twice as hard as your non Oxbridge mates 😉

Looking back

Yepp…definately

Though i don’t advise making Oxbridge your life ambition, try hard for your interviews and it will pay off. Though if you aren’t successful, theres plenty of other extremely good universities around!