Application

 Oxford

 Merton

 Economics and Management

 2001

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 N/A

 Independent – non-selective

 yes (6 A*,3 A,1 B)

A-levels

(A at AS)

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

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

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

Other universities

N/A

waiting till more offers come along.

Decisions about the application

well, obviously REPUTATION
one to one tuition
lovely city

thought it was worth a shot

cambridge didn’t do my course.
wanted to apply for management but cambridge only offered economics.

Beautiful college, good location.
Quite small, nice and friendly
Good reputation for food
Accommodation throughout the course
Application per place ratio was slightly lower than average last year.

Preparation

yes

one mock interview which was completely different from the actual one. it was still helpful, though.

not really. just spend some time on the personal statement.

know your AS & A-level stuff.
read newspapers.
don’t worry too much.
enjoy your stay in oxford.

Interview

no

yes

2 business studies essays. it had to be from business studies since it is the related subject to the course i was applying for. had to write them in a week or so since we hadn’t written any business studies essays in AS.

yes

1 written test, 15 mins reading time, 1 hr writing.
no preparation. it was on comprehension, it was impossible to revise for it

2 interviews
2 interviewers in each interview.
felt surprisingly at ease.
interviewers nice, but they push you.

strange logic questions that are somehow linked to economic/management topics. no questions like ‘why are you applying for oxford? why E & M?’

casual but smart top, black trousers wore black skirt for the second interview.

Impressions

absolutely lovely. beautiful buildings.
nice people (both interviewees and undergraduates). met no arrogant geeks.
small, but cosy libarary.

i was put in a room which contained one massive living room, private shower and toilet, one bedroom. a bit old and rugged brown carpet, but still a luxury considering most unis offer rooms that are the size of a closet.

Good

not as good as expected, but still above average.

Some were friendly, some were pushy, but generally nice.

Very friendly and ready to help you.

Final stage

no immediate reaction, didn’t know how to react.
slightly dissappointed, but got over it soon. felt normal the next day.

Looking back

of course~
it’s an amazing experience and you get to meet some lovely people.

talk to people.
enjoy your stay.
don’t miss breakfast.