Application

 Cambridge

 Trinity Hall

 Natural Sciences (Physical)

 2001

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent – selective

not known if selective.

 yes (1 A*,8 A,1 B)

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)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Chemistry, A in Mathematics, A in Music, A in Physics

yes

Cambridge first – Imperial/York insurance.

yes

yes

Imperial

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

I liked Cambridge – why not apply, I had spare places on the form.

Liked the town of Cambridge a lot more.

Small, friendly, good music society.

Preparation

yes

Yes. Physics very useful – Chemistry much less so.

The Forms: Take care.

The interview(s): Relax!

Interview

no

no

no

3 interviews. Chem/Gen(Physics)/Physics

Chem = IR spec, mechanisms, transition states. Gen = Why NatSci? Heater – why not use copper for element. Measuring temp of sun.

suit.

Impressions

Very nice – small friendly.

Varied size – limited cooking facilities – nice view.

Edible but not great

nice people, willing to have a laugh.

Fine.

Final stage

I ran around a lot before noticing I needed 4As.

Looking back

Yes definitely – it’s gone well so far – why not?

Relax. If you think you’ve done badly you’ve done well. To quote someone who knows “Some people are just too stupid to realise just how badly they’ve done”.