Application

 Oxford

 Christ Church

 Modern Languages

 2008

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Independent – selective

 yes (8 A*,1 B)

A-levels

(A at AS (283 UMS))

(A at AS (287 UMS))

(A at AS (264 UMS))

(A at AS (279 UMS))

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in English Literature, A in German, A in Latin

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Tutors are the top in their field
Lots of opportuities

Oxford was closer to home, I love the city and I liked the tutorial system with very small groups

I wanted to study both literature and language with my modern languages course

I actually applied to Wadham merely because the college had a friendly feel to it when I visited but I was pooled to Christ Church

Preparation

no

There is really not much you can do in terms of preparation. You probably should have read around your subject i.e. I read a lot of German and Modern Greek literature, but this was out of enjoyment rather than for preparation in interviews. But really no amount of reading can prepare you for the interviews, they really are set out to judge your potential and not what you already know. Although of course an interest in the subject would be helpful!

Interview

no

no

yes

I had to take a German grammar test a few hours before my first interview

I had three interviews and I really enjoyed two of them, but I found the one interview quite demanding and stressful. They were all completely different and I think that it is really impossible to judge how they have gone.

Due to the course I was applying for, literature was a key topic. In my one interview, the way I dealt with learning language was also dealt with a lot. Because I was just beginning Modern Greek without any prior knowledge, I was asked a lot about why I wanted to begin this course.

I was asked about what I read in my spare time and what Greek and German literature I had read and naturally I had to discuss aspects of what I had read (characterisation, themes, style of writing etc). I was asked why I wanted to do Modern Greek and I was asked a lot about the texts which I had to read previous to all three interviews. I was asked about literatures role and why I had chosen that course. I was asked what the difference was between the relationship between Greeks and Greek history and other nationalties with their history (ie french people and french history). I was asked about prose and poetry and about how my Latin knowledge helped me with languages. I was asked how I would cope with learning two languages alongside eachother and whether I would possibly struggle

I wore dresses on both days of my interviews but they were not particlularly smart. They were dresses which I would normally wear in my spare time (ie for shopping, school etc). I felt comfortable in the clothes and I also wore a massive wooly cardy and boots beacuse it was frezing.

Impressions

I visited two colleges (Christ Church and Wadham) and they were both beautiful and unique in their own way.

The college accomodation which I stayed in was lovey and very comfortable It was also really warm in the room which was nice :)There was a large desk, a bed, a wardrobe and a sink in the room.

We were informed of the meal times and then the meals were free for all applicants and the evening meal was often actually served to us.

All of the tutors who I met were lovely and tried their best to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. They didn’t attempt to make you feel awkward or anything.Although some of the questions they asked in the interview were verrrry demanding and quite strange.

College students were friendly and willing to help. They all seemed generally normal and were actually quite easy to relate to.

Final stage

Time seemed to go really slowly whilst waiting, although I had resigned myslef to not getting a place, as I thought that I had not got an offer for definite. However I was wrong!

I got a letter on Mon22nd saying that I hadn’t been given an offer from Wadham but that I would receive an offer from another college. Then the next day I got a letter from Christ Church which was offering me a place. I was truly shocked at this point .

Looking back

I would definitely still apply, even though the process seems extremely stressful at the time.

As hard as it is, try not to stress out. Just relax in interviews, tutirs are looking for the good points about you and how you deal with new situations…they are not looking for reasons to not give you a place. Also try not to listen to what other applicants know or how their interviews went as they will often describe/exagerrate things to make themselves feel better and this often results in making you panic, just concentrate on yourself. Get a good sleep before interviews, don’t keep yourself up all night by cramming in last minute reading!