Application

 Cambridge

 Pembroke

 History

 2000

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Comprehensive School

 yes (8 A*,1 A,1 C)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in History

AAA

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

For the academic atmosphere; it’s always great talking to smart people.

Cambridge seemed more like a ‘people’s place’ (i.e. a lot more friendly), had a better syllabus and Oxford had an awful representative at a ‘University Day’ in Manchester.

Large enough to have a wide variety of people but cozy enough not to be too distant.

Preparation

yes

One brief mock interview 3 days prior.

Don’t revise much; it’s not worth it

Interview

no

yes

Two history essays to be discussed at the interview.

no

Aside from falling through a door (bad first experience), I had two interviews. The first only touched upon my essay and turned into debate on Chartism; the second was more general, as the essay I submitted was not in a time period covered by the interviewer.

“What do you think of when you hear the word ‘England’?” “Why do you think the west has gained cultural imperialism in recent years?” “Name an academic theory you are interested in and your take on it.”

A tattered suit, because I always wear it 🙂

Impressions

It seemed pleasant enough; the people who were actually attending it seemed nicer than those going for interview.

My room was pretty large but with a spot of mould and the shower/bath was about five floors down.

Good

Good humoured, understanding and pleasant.

Relaxed, adroit and slightly optimistic.

Final stage

I was quite surprised but nothing much happened after that and if I don’t get the grades it’ll be a total anticlimax.

Looking back

Yep – because I’d have far more important things to change.

Develop a rapport with your interviewer, argue if necessary but most of all, have fun