Application

 Cambridge

 Trinity

 Engineering

 2003

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent – selective

not known if selective.

 yes (6 A*,4 A)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Mathematics, A in Mathematics (Further), A in Physics

yes

N/A

 offer missed, still accepted

Decisions about the application

It seemed like a natural progression — being the best uni’s in the country made it seem like a good idea to at least *try* and apply.

I, personally, thought Cambridge was nicer.

It’s beautiful, large, central, fairly wealthy and has a good cross-section of society apply.

Preparation

yes

One practice interview which, if we’re honest, was pretty useless in comparison to the real thing.

The Forms: Be honest. Don’t ramble incessantly about your love for Boolean Algebra/existential philosophy/obscure Middle French/Taoism if that’s not what you’re interested in.

The interview(s): Know your maths. You’ll need it. :o)

Interview

no

yes

I had to take some with me to interview. I took some A2 Physics Coursework.

no

I had two, a “General” and a “Technical”, which were both, in fact, heavily engineering-question-based.

A little about myself, my background etc. in the first one, and some heavy science/maths in the second.

Three piece black suit, white shirt, sensible tie, leather black shoes … the “classic” get-up.

Impressions

Trinity is, as I said, beautiful and wealthy. John’s has a reputation for being scummy, which it really isn’t, though I’ll deny that until the last. :o) Girton has some really nice people, Emma has ducks and an excellent community.

Trinity has some of the best undergrad accomodation in the whole of Cambridge, and possibly the cheapest as well. Facilities are excellent — gyms, fields, and decent ICT.

Good

Enjoy the “mystery meat” known as Chef’s Choice.

They’re good, but you won’t see that many of them.

We’re all really nice people, not all loaded, rich and snobby (despite the stereotype, and unfortunately a few do exist like that). But I’m biased.

Final stage

Err, well I danced around the mailbox screaming like a girl, I think…

Looking back

Of course. They’re the best two universities in the country, in my opinion.

Go for it. In the words of the Dr. Pepper advert, “What’s the worst that could happen?”