Application

 Oxford

 Jesus

 Mathematics

 2000

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 N/A

 Grammar School

 yes (7 A*,4 A)

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

AAAB

yes

1st Oxford 2nd York

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

The name’s good. Cheaper than others.

Cambridge has no city, just a Uni, Ox was more lively

Seemed good for maths/sport in the prospectus

Preparation

no

I got one mock interview, but it was general, and we didn’t get a general interview. Basically, no.

Know the syllabus, prepare an area of interest, they only cover pure maths and be enthusiastic.

Interview

no

no

yes

Yes, but I only found out the night before, so I used a fellow interviewee’s paper.

Screwed up 2 / 5, but they were nice and I tried to be enthusiastic. I guess this is the most important thing to do.

Prove calculus. Sketch bizarre graphs. Prove basic number theory.(NT was a problem, since we don’t do it on my board. I feel a little peeved about this, but not very).

Casual stuff, cos they said it didn’t matter. In hindsight, I think this was probably wrong. I usually wear suits to school, so it wouldn’t have been a problem, and I think it would have been better

Impressions

Seemed friendly enough, if a little under-furnished. The JCR wasn’t as good as Corpus Christi’s, which seemed even nicer.

Jesus :- rooms excellent, but not en suite. JCR was a bit drab and low on ents.
Corpus:- JCR well furnished and v. friendly.

Good

It was very nice, but some repeats over the days. Same desserts over all five days.

One was a little strange, the rest were very nice and helped me not to make quite such a fool of myself.

My fellow interviewees were fantastic, and we are still in contact. I only met v few students, but they all seemed happy & lively, and enjoying themsleves.

Final stage

The first one came from Jesus saying I had not got a place. This was clearly readable through the window in the envelope, and mine was not unique in this. Bit upset, but they hinted I’d probably got a place elsewhere, so I went and prayed it was Corpus, who wrote the next day to say it was. Which was nice. I was chuffed. I rang some friends who got rejected. In at least 2 cases, Oxbridge made mistakes, turning down exceptional (by v. high standards) students.

Looking back

Yes, cos the interview was a really good way to get out of the tedium of A’level college life. It was a long term with only the interview for respite. I do actually want to go too, of course

Just try. I’ve found no rejects who regret applying. It’s really great fun, and you never know your luck