Application

 Cambridge

 Emmanuel

 Economics

 2001 (deferred entry)

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent – selective

 yes (10 A*)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Economics, A in Geography, A in Mathematics

AAA

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

The same reasons for deciding to apply to my other five universities – good academically, wide range of options of papers for the course and its a nice place to live.

Oxford do Economics and Management (if you think straight economics is boring enough, the management bit just takes the proverbial!). Cambridge is a nicer city and is academically better.

I went to see Christ’s but didn’t like it and via the eenie-meenie-mynie-mo method i chose Emmanuel.

Preparation

yes

A practice interview, which strangely enough was more nerve-racking than the real thing, and a couple of extra revision lessons.

My advice is dont listen to my advice. I had given up the hope of getting in before the interview and so I didnt prepare fully. I didnt finish all the books I said I had read but the interviewers didnt ask about them. Read the newspaper and The Economist on your journey up – just in case they ask about an economics story in the news. Other than that Cambridge is just a university, albeit a slightly better than average one. Don’t get stressed about the whole procedure, Nottingham and Bristol are always good alternatives. Another thing I cannot stress enough is that my interview was a nightmare and yet I still got in. Obviously the selection procedure is heavily based on luck!

Interview

no

yes

I had to submit 2 pieces. My written economics work throughout the sixth form was not very good (understatement), so i had to send off an ok/average, but heavily rewritten, essay and my geography coursework. (Yes, geography for an economics course!)

no

I didnt trust the trains so I arrived very early (2 hours before). This was in fact very useful as during the two hours I studied an article they gave me, which was to be used in the first interview. The article was about Japan’s recession, banking and unemployment problems. The guy interviewing me was friendly and they ask you a few nervousness-removing questions. The rest of the interview was about the article. The ironic thing is that although I arrived 2 hours early, I still managed to be late for my second interview. I cannot stress enough, read the time your interview is supposed to start! The interview was about general economic related things and a game theory example.

It was a long time ago (about a month) so I cant really remember. But if you do get a bit stuck they help you out, and keep the interview moving. The interviews lasted twenty minutes each. Oh yeah, one more thing, make sure you can answer the “Why do you want to do economics” question. It doesnt look too good if you cant even answer that question. My interviewer’s face showed that to me

A suit. They’re not too uncomfortable yet are smart.

Impressions

They all seemed very similar. There is not much you can tell when all the students aren’t there. Emmanuel is on a busy street, but inside it is quiet.

No I didn’t explore the place that much.

NA

I didn’t have any food, apart from a few biccies and some coffee.

Younger than I thought, friendly.

Not pompous at all, generally very helpful.

Final stage

Of course i was very pleased but my surprisment was immeasurable. Then I went back to sleep.

Looking back

Yeah, cos I got in.

Cambridge is just another univeristy. The successfulness of your life will not be determined on whether you get in or not.