Application

 Cambridge

 St Catharine’s

 Economics

 1999

 pooled, offer made (Fitzwilliam)

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent – selective

 yes (10 A*)

A-levels

(A at AS)

(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 Economics

AAB

no

Eventually I decided, that actually I didn’t want to go to Fitwilliam as it had depressing architecture and a 20th century chip on its shoulder. I am now happily settled in the L.S.E where I am currently forging out a career as a 100m champion and a 1st

yes

yes

Now at LSE – see above.

Decisions about the application

It had a interesting course with famed alumini ( Keynes) in a beautiful city

My passion was for economics, and Oxford only offered combined courses. I also thought Cambridge was a more cosy city.

It was beautiful and had a great location. However it was also unpretentious and friendly unlike some colleges I could mention ( ie Trinity)

Preparation

no

They said that I could take an S level paper if required.

Think around your subject and consider the uni is on trial as much as you. You might find after the interview that actually you don’t want to go there.

Interview

no

yes

I had to submit an essay. I compared Keynesian models of reflation with the monetarist policies under Thatcher. I then related these concepts to the current idea of eclectic keynesianism

no

Well they congratulated me on my essay ( apparantly it showed great insight and depth and was one of the best he’d seen in the last 5 years)
Then there was gentle lead in questions ( why should we take you, what 3 things would you bury in a time capsule to describe you)

It concentrated mainly about current economic trends in Cambridge. I was also asked to talk about the WTO and its implications on political systems in capitalist and socialist systems. There were loads of offshoots on these topics

A suit. I didn’t feel the interview was the right time to make a statement.

Impressions

Quite nice. Smart without snobbery. An atmopsphere of common sense

I stayed in modern accomodation. Ugly but en-suite and good facilities.

Edible but not great

Curious and fairly unidentifiable. Apparantly they recycle the same stuff day after day.

A little bit vague but personable. Interested but not patronized in my background.

Normal. Had their heads screwed on the right ways.

Final stage

The letter said that I had been placed in the pool. Feedback said that I had performed well, and I was top of their pool list. Unfortunately there was 5 applicants per place that year, eventually I got an offer from Fitzwilliam

Looking back

I probably would, otherwise I might regretted it later.

In reality there isn’t that much preperation you can do because they will ask you questions that you haven’t thought about to get you to talk on the spot. Come across as a well rounded person.