Application

 Cambridge

 Trinity

 Mathematics

 2005

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 FE College

 yes (10 A*,3 A)

A-levels

(A at AS)

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

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

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

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

Cambridge STEP Maths

(predicted NA; gained S)

(predicted NA; gained S)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Mathematics (Further), 1 in STEP II, 1 in STEP III

AA

yes

no

 offer met

Decisions about the application

The history, the reputation, the quality of course, the collegiate system.

The Cambridge maths tripos generally seems to be faster and more advanced than the Oxford maths course. I also prefer Cambridge location-wise, due to its smaller size.

I love maths. Wanted to study it for years.

I wanted to be at a big college, and Trinity takes lots of mathematicians. Also a very beautiful and grand college.

Preparation

no

Had a few “Oxbridge applicants” meetings, but nothing I would count as extra tuition/help.

Make sure you’re comfortable with the applications procedure, it makes everything easier if you know what you’ve got to do when. Also, interview-wise, practice a bit of maths (STEP, AEA, whatever) in the few days before, to get your brain into gear.

Interview

no

no

yes

1 hour immediately before the interview. 10 questions on the paper, free choice, asked to attempt 3 and more if there’s time.

Tiring and interesting. Not as scary as I thought it was, although occasionally embarassing when you know you should be able to do something but you can’t quite get it out.

Other questions from the pre-interview exam paper. Things like finding integer solutions to m^n = n^m, and other more technical questions.

Casual clothes (my casual clothes aren’t jeans with holes in or raggedy t-shirts, though) with proper shoes. No point feeling uncomfortable, they don’t care what you wear so long as you don’t look like you just got out of bed.

Impressions

Grand. Spacious. Impressive. Go visit them yourself, you can’t really describe Cambridge colleges in a few lines of text.

Only saw a few, but they were friendly and welcoming.

Final stage

Nervous, of course.

Looking back

Yes.

Be prepared. It’s only one spot on the UCAS form, there’s nothing to lose, always worth a shot.