Application

 Cambridge

 Gonville and Caius

 Law

 2002

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Grammar School

 yes (4 A*,6 A,1 C)

A-levels

(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

N/A

Decisions about the application

It’s the best.

I didn’t even consider Oxford to be honest- I went for the reputation of Cam for my subject.

I thought it was the best from the prospectus and then when I saw it, I thought it was beautiful. Plus is was relatively undersubscribed.

Preparation

no

Nope- apart from setting up a useless practice interview.

I was told by the AT at Clare that if you can’t think of anything original to write, then don’t write anything on the statement bit.

Interview

no

no

no

I didn’t have an exam.

I had an interview with the Director of Law and then a general one with an Engineering Fellow. The Law interview was awful- I had heavy flu and couldn’t keep on the same train of thought and had to keep asking her to repeat the questions. I needed loads of prompting because I kept losing myself in the middle of sentences and I was sneezing and coughing. It was really awful, I felt as small as an ant when I got out. Especially because everytime I said something that was valid but not what she wanted to hear, she’d say “No..” in a really patronising way and I felt I couldn’t say anything right.

I had to ‘describe’ two situations I’d read in the previous 15 mins for the Law one and the general one was just “why caius? why law?’ etc etc etc.

Black trousers and shirt.

Impressions

I hated it when I was there for the interview. I don’t think I could have lived there and spent ages discussing with another applicant that we’d chosen the wrong college.
I visited Clare and thought it was great in comparison with Caius.

Awful

I now understand why so many students complain about the compulsory purchase of 45 meals a term. The food was abysmal.

I really liked the Engineering Fellow who told me stories of what some tutors had to do for their students. But I don’t think I’d have got on with the Law Fellow had I gone there. She really put me off.

They were really nice. Very helpful and very honest. I spent a while chatting to a third year medical student who was really great.

Final stage

I was at work in Allders. I opened it, knowing I’d been rejected, read it and then cried. Then I spoke to my friends who’d all been offered places. Worst, is that my boyfriend has an offer and we’ll be seperated.

Looking back

I would apply but I wouldn’t apply to Caius in hindsight.

The interviews I had were not such that could be prepared for really. Just know the answers to ‘why this subject/college?’ type questions.