Application

 Cambridge

 Gonville and Caius

 Economics

 2007

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 China

 Grammar School

 yes (11 A*,2 A)

A-levels

(A at AS (300 UMS))

(A at AS (257 UMS))

(A at AS (268 UMS))

(A at AS (583 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Economics & Business Studies, A in Mathematics, A in Mathematics (Further)

yes

yes

yes

Cambridge over LSE

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Best university for economics in Britain

Cmabridge does straight economics

It was the only one

It looked a particularly academic college and it is secluded while being in the centre of town

Preparation

yes

One general practice interview beforehand

Just know your subject

Interview

no

no

yes

Thinking Skills Assessment, a one and a half hour critical thinking exam on computer

Mixed, never any indication of how I was doing

The nature of technical innovation, demand side management

Why is technical knowledge underprovided

A suit

Impressions

It was a nice looking place, not overwhelmingly friendly, just about right.

Quite large, no en suite, hard floor

Not as bad as I had been told

Didn’t really meet any

Normal

Final stage

I wanted to resign myself to not getting an offer but I still hoped and had a feeling that I could

I was ecstatic

Looking back

Yes, of course

Don’t be disheartened if you are rejected, what makes a person successful is themselves and the university you go to in the end plays very little part.