Application

 Oxford

 Jesus

 Medicine

 2000

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 FE College

 yes (10 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)

Also taking S-levels (similar to AEA) in Chemistry and Physics, predicted 1’s

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAB

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

I liked the idea of doing a ‘normal’ degree for the first few years. The course sounded interesting, and Oxbridge has an excellent academic reputation. I also think a medicine degree from Oxbridge is a good way of getting into medical research.

I went for an open-day to Oxford and I quite liked the place. When I went to visit Cambridge it seemed a bit quiet – the river, few shops etc. Oxford felt more like a busy city. Also, I *much* preferred the sound of the medicine course at Oxford than Cambridge, although I don’t think I would mind going to Cambridge for the clinical part of the course – have a bit of a quieter life :).

It is small and friendly; good sports facilites; seemed prestigious (and old) without being pompous; it’s central; someone I know stayed there for a conference and they said it was very nice. In fact, quite a few people who I have told about my application to Jesus told me it was a lovely college :).

Preparation

no

They gave me booklet about interviews, but Jesus also sent me one of those when they sent the interview letter.

Not really. Just be yourself and be honest. I wrote something in the section on the form that talked about ‘anything more to add that isn’t on your UCAs form’, so if you can think of something decent to write, then do.
There isn’t really much you can do to prepare for the questions they will throw at you. Don’t get nervous – you have no need to be. My interviews were definitely not as scary as I expected! Keep your wits, think logically, stand up for yourself.

Interview

no

no

yes

I had to take an hour long exam, half comprehension and half Chemistry. The comprehension part was ok, but the Chemistry section was horrid. I was in such a fluster that for one of the calculations I put 12-5=8!

On the first day of proper interviews (the day after the written test) all 18 people applying for the 4 places for entry in 2001 were interviewed by the pre-clinical tutor, the clinical tutor and the tutor for admissions. Then on the next day 7 of us (including me) were interviewed again by the pre-clinical tutor who had a clinical psycologist with him, and also a really nasty Chemistry interview.

Why is a column of falling water, eg from a tap, thicker at the top and thinner at the bottom? Why do babies get colder than adults? Why do you want to be a doctor? What would you do in your spare time at Jesus?

I wore a black skirt, smart but not too high-heeled shoes, and a smart top with a collar with a v-neck jumper over it. I wanted to look smart but a little bit casual, and I was comfortable in what I wore to the interviews

Impressions

Jesus is nice – all the people were really really friendly. Queen’s college looked *very* scary when I poked my head round the door.

I stayed in a room in the main quad. It was very comfortablem had lots of new furniture and was a decent size. The shower for that floor was dodgy though – a bit of a dribble and the shower head kept on leaning to one side.

Good

The bread was really nice! Food was generally good, although there was some fried pork things that were not ncie. One one night we had a 5 course meal which was *nice*.

The pre-clinical tutor was really nice and freindly. Other tutors were quite friendly as well.

Friendly, a bit mad, fun. Some of them were musicy ginger Guinness drinking peoples.

Final stage

I was very nervous, but when I opened it the first words were ‘Dear Fraggle,I am very pleased…’ and I breathed a sigh of relief.

Looking back

Yes, because I am looking forward to going there!

Have fun at your interviews – there are over 60 pubs in the centre of Oxford, I have been led to believe ;).