Application

 Oxford

 St Hugh’s

 European and Middle Eastern Languages

 2008

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 post-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Independent – non-selective

 yes (5 A*,4 A,4 B)

A-levels

(A at AS)

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

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

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

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

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted NA; gained Distinction)

(predicted NA; gained Merit)

Details about the offer

 unconditional

yes

no

 offer met

Decisions about the application

To get the best perceived education

Reputation for Languages

Opportunity to mix Arabic with a European Language

Friend at St Hugh’s, good reputation for French.

Preparation

no

Do not over prepare – they can see through this and can often make you feel more nervous and uncomfortable at interview.

Interview

no

no

I submitted a 3,000 word art essay, a 1,500 word French creative writing article, and a 1,500 word Spanish essay.

yes

Arabic language aptitude test and French grammar test.

Fairly enjoyable

Literature I had read, reasons for studying Arabic in particular, gap-year plans.

Clothes I would wear on an everyday basis, this way you feel more ‘at home’.

Impressions

Very homely, close community, fun!

Nice big room, ensuite.

Great!

Very nice and friendly, put me at ease.

Nice, helpful, chatty, friendly.

Final stage

I felt as if I hadn’t got in, simply due to the number of other applicants, however I felt I stood a good chance what with my results, submitted written work and performance at interviews.

All hell broke loose

Looking back

Yes

Don’t let it get you down too much or take over your autumn term, just take it in your stride, and whatever happens, it’s meant to be! (Having said this first time round I didn’t get in. I took a gap year, reapplied and got in… don’t regret it for one minute.)