Application

 Oxford

 St Anne’s

 English Language and Literature

 2000

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent – selective

 yes (3 A*,3 A,3 B)

A-levels

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

(A at AS; predicted B; 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

AAA, Excluding General Studies

yes

I took up my place at St Anne’s but had York as backup

yes

yes

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Mainly because Oxford offered the best English course. Plus prestige, career advantages, beautiful city etc etc.

I preferred the English course at Oxford.

(a) My school had sent someone to St Anne’s two years before me.
(b) It was supposedly one of the best for English.
(c) Tutors sounded cool.

Preparation

yes

I had a mock interview and a couple of one on one lessons on Gawain and the Green Knight, which was fun.

The form: Just be honest, and try to show some passion for your subject. That’s what it’s all about.

The interview: Relax. Make sure you’ve read some interesting things recently. Don’t over-prepare though. Just open your mind and make sure that your passion for literature comes across loud and clear!

Interview

no

yes

Two essays I think. One was on a little known poet, the other was on Mark Twain. I submitted them basically to show off my written skills. So choose a couple of good uns.

no

I had three separate interviews with the tutors, spanning two days. Each lasted about 15 mins.

One of them asked me to analyse a poem. The other two were just more general questinos. They want to see how you think.

Smart-casual. I think it was beige chinos and a tie-less shirt.

Impressions

I only visited St Anne’s. It seemed nice. Quite ordinary and not at all like the older colleges (which in hindsight are absolutely stunning).

It was a pokey room. The window was stuck open and it was December. But now I’m here (in my final year) I’ve had some pretty good rooms. If you want to live the life of luxury don’t come to St Anne’s. But you’re only a student once, and it would be a shame not to live like one!

Edible but not great

Nope. Food is food. I mainly cook for myself anyway. Oh, note: St Anne’s fry ups are wonderful at the time, but catch up on you later!

Two of them were very relaxed and put me at ease. One tutor (who I now know to be really lovely) was quite harsh. The tutors though are not there to freak you out. They want you to be comfortable coz that’s when you’ll perform best.

I met a few of them. They were OK. Helpful and informative.

Final stage

I can’t really remember. But I probably didn’t open it for ages.

Looking back

Yes, because Oxford’s given me a great opportunity to really get into my subject.

If you *genuinely* love literature, come to Oxford, make the most of it and you’ll have a great time. It’s such an honour to be taught by tutors who are the best in their field.