Application

 Oxford

 St Hugh’s

 English Language and Literature

 2001

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Grammar School

 yes (3 A*,3 A,6 B)

A-levels

(C 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 NA at A2)

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

Other universities

yes

N/A

RE-APPLICATION, IF THE 3A’S TURN UP… OTHERWISE, I`M STILL WAITING ON MOST OF MY OTHERS

Decisions about the application

EXCELLNET REPUTATION…WNATED A COURSE AND UNI WHICH WOULD STIMULATE ME, CHALLENGE ME, AND IMPROVE MY LIFE PROSPECTS, LOVE THE CITY TOO(EXCEPT ITS NIGHTLIFE…OH DEAR)..THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE THING..PLUS I WAS TOLD I WAS WELL UP TO IT

KNEW PEOPLE AT OXFORD, PLEASENTER AMBIENCE, LIKE DTHE CITY CENTRE, AS GOOD A REP AS CAMBRIDGE, SUPPOSEDLY LESS BOTHERED ABOUT MY(POOR) GCSE’S( WHICH WAS NOT THE CASE EVENTUALLY!)…TOP FOR ENGLISH

I`LL ADMIT IT…IT WAS STATISTICALLY THE EASIEST TO GET IN FOR(‘XCEPT ‘HILDA’S)…PLUS IT SEEMED LESS OSTENTATIOUS THAN SOME, I KNOW A COUPLE OF PEOPLE THERE, GOOD FOR MUSIC SUPPOSEDLY, FAIRLY RELAXED ALLEGEDLY

Preparation

yes

YEAH, 1 MOCK INTERVIEW…ALLEGEDLY WENT V.V. WELL, EXCEPT FOR LACK OF EYE CONTACT(I DO THIS WHEN I`M NERVED UP)…SAID IT WAS AS GOOD AS ANY INTERVIEW THEY’D DONE OTHERWISE…GENERAL ENCOURAGEMENT, HELPED ME TART UP MY ESSAYS TO SEND OFF..AND A BIT OF PRACT. CRIT. PRACTICE RIGHT BEFORE THE INTERVIEW…

The form: WELL…I DIDN`T GET IN…NEITHER DID MOST PEOPLE I KNOW..BUT I`D SAY JUST EXPRESSING YOUR TRUE INTERESTS, BE ARTICULATE BUT NOT PRETETIOUS, GET THE DETAILS RIGHT…AND DON`T MAKE TOO MUCH UP

The interview: JUST READ UP, BE HONEST IF YOU`RE STUCK, DON`T BULL TOO MUCH(THOUGH POSSBLY A BIT!) JUST TRY AND ENGAGE WITH WHAT THEY`RE SAYING AT THE DEEPEST LEVEL U CAN, AND SEE IT ON MORE THAN 1 LEVEL..AND STAY CALM

Interview

no

yes

SUBMITTED A GOTHIC ESSAY, TO SHOW UNDERSTANDING OF LIT. GENRE, PHILOSOPHICAL UNDERSTANDING OF LIT. CONCEPTS..PLUS A TENNYSON ESSAY, WHICH I HAD TO HAND, TO SHOW GOOD CLOSE LANG. CRITICISM AND WHICH WAS PRETTY TIGHT AND FOCUSED

no

2 ACADEMIC INTERVIEWS…VERY LITTLE ON WHAT I`D DONE IN SCHOOL…JUST ABOUT 4 UNSEEN POEMS, ASKED ME TO COMMENT ON BEFORE I`D EVEN READ THEM! TUTORS SEEMED FAIRLY APPROACHABLE AND INCISIVE …A BIT ON MY UCAS FORM, E.G INTERESTS IN LIT., WHICH I DID OK ON BUT COULD HAVE DONE BETTER POSSIBLY…SOME ABSTRACT STUFF, E.G, DEFINE THIS TERM, OR HOW WOULD U TRANSLATE WORK…WNET ON ABOUT ITS PHILOSOPHY AND MY BI-LINGUALISM(BEING HALF POLISH) TO CONVEY THIS ACROSS IN EXAMINING A WORK…THOUGHT THEY WENT FINE…THE STUDENTS WERE COOL, AND THE JCR BAR WAS AHNDY ON THE LAST NIGHT, DRINKING AND PLAYING POOL…A BIT CHEESY BUT I`D HAVE BEEN HAPPY TO GO THERE

SEE ABOVE…IT WAS VERY LANGAGUE FOCUSED THOUGH..I`D AHVE PREFFERED SOME TIME TO THINK FIRST…AND I WISH I`D BEEN ABLE TO FOCUS ON MY MORE MODERN INTERESTS…PLUS, ON THE QUETSION ON INTERESTS, I STARTED TALKING ABOUT A NOVEL I`D ONLY READ THE NIGHT BEFORE…MISTAKE…BUT IT WAS OK…THEY MADE ME STAY A LITTLE LONGER AFTER THE REST..SO I THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO OFFER ME TO ANOTHER COLLEGE POSSIBLY…BUT, EVENTUALLY, THEY LET ME GO HOME AT THE LAST MOMENT.

A SUIT..FOCUSED, BUSINESS LIKE, MSOT PEOPLE WERE MORE LOOSELY ATTIRED THOUGH..AND SOME OF THEM OBVIOUSLY GOT IN, SO…A MISTAKE PERHAPS ON MY PART? JUST WEAR WHAT U FEEL COMFORTABLE TALKING AT AN INTELLECTUAL LEVEL IN

Impressions

NICE JCR, THOUGH A BIT PUB-LIKE..STUDENTS WERE PRETTY RELAXED..SEEMED BRIGHT, AS U’D EXPECT, BUT NOT OVERLY STUDIOUS

SIMPLE, SPARTAN…BUT FUNCTIONAL….

Edible but not great

NOT GOOD FOR VEGGIES LIKE ME REALLY…MEAT EATERS WERE WELL CATERED FOR THOUGH

THE 1ST ONE WAS PRETTY RELAXED, AND TRIE DTO ENGAGE U…BUT THE OTHER 2 WERE MORE CONFRONTATIONAL AND PRESSURISING …IRONICALLY, I THINK MY INTERVIEW WITH THEM WENT BETTER

Final stage

NUMB…ANGRY..THEN PHILSOPHICAL..THOUGHT, SOD THEM I`M RE-APPLYING…`IM GOOD ENOUGH…EVERYONE SEEMD PRETTY SHOCKED…MY TECAHER THINKS IST ONLY BECAUSE OF THE EYE CONTACT THING UNDER PRESSURE THAT HE CAN THINK OF, THAT THEY WOULD REJECT ME…BUT THEY DID SAY IT WAS A TOUGH YEAR, HIGH COMPETITION, MUCH HIGHER THAN USUAL FOR THAT COLLEGE, BUT THAT I WAS A DECENT CANDIDATE..IT WAS MARGINAL, BUT THAT MY RESULTS ALSO COUNTED AGAINST ME A BIT….THAT BIT did MAKE ME BITTER!

Looking back

DEFINITELY..JUST DIFFERENT COLLEGE

NONE REALLY…JUST APPLY WHERE U FEEL RIGHT WITH, AND READ UP, BUT DON`T CRAM IT LAST MINUTE AS I DID…AND TRY AND STAY COMPOSED, AND ENGAGE THEM, NO JUST WITH WHAT YO`URE SYAING, BUT WITH YOUR MANNER..KEEP EYE CONTACT! THATS ABOUT IT.