Application

 Cambridge

 Robinson

 Medicine

 2007

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 N/A

 Grammar School

 yes (12 A*,1 A)

A-levels

(B at AS)

(A at AS)

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

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

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

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

Other universities

yes

yes

Decisions about the application

I loved Cambridge the city, and wanted to be surrounded by all-rounded, like-minded students who also loved studying.

Cambridge was a prettier city.

Because I’ve always wanted to study life sciences, and Medicine enables me to cover all aspects of biomedicine as well as having the opportunity of practising as a doctor at the end of it.

I stayed there before and I really liked it.

Preparation

no

Interview

no

BMAT – I got 18.2 (6.1, 6.1, 6.0)

no

no

I thought that they were really hard at the time, but upon reflection it was very interesting and if there wasn’t so much pressure I would have definitely enjoyed them!

Mainly all areas of biology and chemistry, as well as history of medicine and a bit of maths.

A lot, really in-depth stuff that I had written on my Personal Statement on quadriplegia (so be prepared to be grilled on anything in there), quite a lot on ecology and genetics and maths, a section on the influence of sociology on medicine,

Black trousers, v-neck jumper – I didnt really want to wear a suit but wanted to look smart.

Impressions

It was really empty, but nice.

The rooms were pretty big.

Good.

Scary, one of them looked constantly bored but the others were very smiley and nice.

Very very friendly.

Final stage

I tried my best to forget about it because I knew that it hadn’t gone as well as it could have.

I felt disappointed but not completely suprised, and tried to concentrate on revision for January exams!

Looking back

Yes definitely.

Try your best, you can never be prepared enough, try to cover ALL areas of your chosen subject, but also research into a couple of things that particularly fascinates you.