Application

 Cambridge

 Clare

 Mathematics

 2005

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 India

 Independent – selective

 yes (4 A*,5 A,1 B)

A-levels

(A at AS (275 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (300 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (299 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (297 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (283 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted Distinction; gained Distinction)

(predicted Distinction; gained Distinction)

Cambridge STEP Maths

(predicted 1; gained S)

(predicted 1; gained S)

(predicted 1; gained 1)

Details about the offer

yes

yes

yes

cambridge was where i always dreamed of going. clare was a beautiful and friendly college. it was perfect

 offer met

Decisions about the application

beauty, prestige, academia, job prospects etc.

cambridge maths > oxford maths =]

i’ve always loved maths. even since i was a small child.

clare was beautiful and so friendly. i loved it when i visited it on the open day also.

Preparation

yes

the school gave me help and advice for the interview, for AEA Maths and for STEP

work hard. maths is a difficult subject. do as much maths you can before you apply. whether you can sit exams early, or sit extra modules.

Interview

no

no

no

the admissions tutors were supportive when i found a question tricky. they guided me towards the answer. thats what my supervisions were like too. always giving me directions the right way, but still letting me figure it out for myself.

i was given questions in calculus, geometry and mechanics

I wore jeans, a smart-casual shirt and a smart jacket. i feel comfortable in it and it makes me look clean and smart

Impressions

not only did i visit clare, but i visited trinity, queens’, king’s, john’s and christ’s. clare struck me much more as the more welcoming, sort of easier going place. especially compared to trinity lol

best 1st year accomodation. i had a large set with an ensuite

it was…variable. sometimes delicious, sometimes less so.

brilliant. extremely nice and wonderful to be taught by.

a great spectrum. from the studious to the lazy. but i got on with lots of different people in different groups of friends. whether it was in orchestra or in rowing

Final stage

little worried if i didnt get an offer. but then jumping for joy and excitement as it was unconditional

eating breakfast, been staring out the window glaring at the postman for the past week in case he had the letter in his hands. saw him with the mail. ran for him, flicked through letters, ‘university of cambridge’ i saw it flash on one of the letters, snatched it and ran up to my room to open it

Looking back

yes

work hard. maths is a difficult subject. admissions tutors are looking for enjoyment and ability in maths. so they love it when you’ve done/are doing extra modules, reading maths/physics books, maybe taking things like STEP early – showing interest and enjoyment. and they of course love it when you perform well. thats what you need for an offer.