Application

 Cambridge

 New Hall (open application, allocated college)

 Social & Political Sciences

 2006

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 Bangladesh

 Comprehensive School

 yes (5 A,2 B,2 C)

A-levels

(A at AS (263 UMS))

(A at AS (285 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (257 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (275 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted Distinction; gained Distinction)

Details about the offer

 conditional

yes

yes

yes

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Tutorial system, reputation, fell in love with the architecture and all my favourite teachers went to oxbridge and are all eccentric intellectuals. Thought it would be a great place to meet more of them.

Oxford didn’t do SPS, so it was Cambridge.

My personal statement was based on politics,but in order to understand how politics operates, its important to understand the context, hence why psychology, anthropology and sociology are excellent subjects to study alongside.

all the colleges seemed cool and i wanted to up my chances of getting into cambridge.

Preparation

yes

yeh, a mock interview but didnt help a great deal and the guy didnt ask as tough questions as expected from cambridge.

even though all the stuff i prepared on before my interview didnt come up at all, it made me feel a lot more confident, and for that reason, i opened up and felt more able to answer the questions. More of a pyschological impact than anything, but still v. important. So prepare! and visualise yourself in the interview, something that helped me feel at ease when i met my interviewers.

Interview

no

nope

no

yes

yes, i sent in 2 politics essay – ‘evaluate the success of George Bush’s presidency’, and ‘discuss the impact of race and ethnicity upon US politics’.

asked questions based on personal statement, and questions in general e.g. the government has announced it wants as many people to attend university – what do you think of this? also, he asked me to link two apparently unrelated things – economics and campaigning. Its not so often, whats right or wrong, but how you think and how you connect different factors.

about whether we should invade countries with a record of human rights abuses, why should pressure groups exist if they are unelected, and so on.

my friend who was already at New Hall made me wear a black skirt, white shirt and a black waistcoat, with a black and white checked scarf and black shoes. I wish i wore something that was slightly more casual and reflective of my personality, which would have made me feel a bit less dressy and made up. I dont think they would hav e cared so much of what i was wearing.

Impressions

really relaxed, friendly people, and the porters were really nice. food was pretty damn good as well.

my frends room is absolutely massive!

read above matey.

fine , friendly.

read above.

Final stage

i was adamant i would get rejected as all my frends who had already got their reply from oxbridge were either pooled or rejected. I opened the letter in front of my sister (who looks after me and was the one pressurising me to apply in hte 1st place). when i realised that i hadnt read the letter wrong, and i had been made an offer, we both screamed. with pleasure 🙂

i was adamant i would get rejected as all my frends who had already got their reply from oxbridge were either pooled or rejected. I opened the letter in front of my sister (who looks after me and was the one pressurising me to apply in hte 1st place). when i realised that i hadnt read the letter wrong, and i had been made an offer, we both screamed. with pleasure 🙂

Looking back

hell yeah

dont let ne one tell you ur not ‘oxbridge material’. I’ve had one horrible teacher tell me, that im not even A grade material, and would have laughed in my face if i told him i was applying for cambridge. You should have seen his face when he heard from the other teachers that i got in.