Application

 Cambridge

 Trinity

 Modern & Medieval Languages

 2002

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Comprehensive School

Applied for French

 yes (1 A,9 C)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in French, A in Mathematics

B, in another language

no

yes

yes

UCL firm, Cambridge insurance

Decisions about the application

I knew I was academically able and it was only one choice on UCAS form.

I took to Cam; better reputation, nicer surroundings. I thought that because of my dodgy GCSEs i would have a better chance at Cam, because they wouldnt REALLY look at my potential rather than grades (which i was sure that Oxford would do)

I wanted a challenge, i knew that i could do it! My poor academic perf for GCSe was due to lack of motivation—which i have now

Preparation

no

Didn’t want me to apply

Dont suck up. Just say that u want to study and you KNOW you can do it to a high level. I said something like: ‘Go on; give me a chance- i know you want to.’
Think out of the box—you can do it—think out aloud

Interview

no

yes

They for some reason wanted as many essays from lang subjects as i could send them??

yes

Lang test

I had 5 tutors there! Initially I was scared but thought what the hell. I acted really confident, smiled alot.

‘Do you think you should come here, really?’. I replied ‘ of course’. Told me to discuss in depth 4 novels i read in French–luckily i had read 4 and i could talk. Had a good argument with 2 of them, while the others smiled to themselves.

Black boots/black skirt/blouse

Impressions

Cool

interesting peeps who were bored with the whole process–that is until i made them laugh (a lot)

suspicious of me

Final stage

I was not really suprised as one of the male tutors ( who i later saw in the JCR) told me that i was in..but still nice to be confirmed!!

Looking back

mhmhm. Hard question cos i have fallen in Love with UCL and am thinking of going there

give it a go