You should have come to Cambridge the day I was interviewed. I so had Merton covered. :)
But, know the feeling- I remember there were a couple of girls being interviewed for economics and I seriously did wonder if they actually had a personality.
Hmm. Everyone I met was lovely, and I have to say I was glad that we weren't talking shop all day, because I was terrified of being unmasked as the ignorant fraud I assuredly was. I was expecting normal people just as terrified as I was and that's what I found.
My theory: it takes a couple of weeks of settling in before people feel comfortable in revealing their own personal oddities. You get into November and all of a sudden up pop the giant stuffed animals everywhere you look. :)
Lol. I forgot to ask you before, where is your first choice now?
York - and very happily, they sent me an offer yesterday! :) Quite a reasonable one too: AB at Advanced Higher. w00t.
Which uni are you at now? I think you said you'd moved after your first year but I can't remember if I asked where to...
Ooh, scotland as well! Wooo! I had an offer for York, but twas my second.
BUt yeah anyway, I was at Imperial College London, but it was crap, so now I'm at Reading, and it's much better :)
York!!!!!!!!! So the place for Oxbridge rejects. Well, it's where I'm going in...*gasp* October! It's strange to think of my year in Chile ending, and going to uni instead...
What I meant to say, and this didn't really come across, is that in my mind I'd painted a completely erroneous and out of date picture of Oxford. So I was kind of disappointed when I got there. Also, lots of people were seriously on edge and I found it hard to have a normal conversation. I thought one girl was going to throw up on my shoes at one point...
Ah, yes, I see what you mean. I'd been to a couple of open days before the actual interview, and I think that if I hadn't I would be expecting all that sort of stuff too.
Which college did you apply to? It does sound like there were a lot of nerves going about - you should have snuck into Oriel's student bar and forced these people to get a drink and chill out, lol. Not that we did that. Obviously. *shifty eyes*
Where are you thinking of going now?
Did you really dislike the majority of students in Oxford? I honestly think that the level of discussion you encounter on a daily basis is pretty high, that there are endless opportunities for intellectual stimulation... and that people are lovely, for the most part. Although I take your point about the sex, Oxford is the least sexually-active university in the UK.
That was exactly how I felt about Cambridge when I was there for interviews, I just wanted to be surrounded by eccentric academics so much, and it felt horrible when all the people there were just...clever. I didn't see anyone in tweed, and none of the witty, sarcastic types I wanted to be there.
I think perhaps I was imagining Cambridge to be some kind of time-warp...meh, I don't know, I think it was 1960s Cambridge I wanted to be at.
2006-05-31 02:05 pm (UTC)
They are there, you just don't see them at interview. And those you do see at interview are trying their best to appear normal so that they don't scare you too much. There are plenty of eccentric academics around.
As Oxford decided against even granting me an interview, I can't comment on what the bods down there are like, but in St Andrews there are a lot of eccentrics, tweed galore, and yes, in many ways it is like a big version od Have I Got News For You. If that's what you're after in a uni, St Andrews is the place to be.
Hello, yes I was wrong, bitter, upset, rejected, excluded, lonely, depressed, undermined, demeaned, belittled etc.
All the people I met were lovely, so were the students, so was the college, so were the shop keepers, and the tourists, and the bus drivers, and the ice-cream, and the cake, and my room, and my subject, and my interviews, and my interviewers and the dining room.
I was just pissed off I didn't get in.
At least I'm honest!
I hope through this admission I have grown as a person.
Thank you - you have proved a ray of sunshine for me! That isn't sarcasm: I stumbled on this community and as I am about to apply to Cambridge, having been on a Sutton Trust Summer School there where everyone seemed perfectly normal (I mention that it was with the Sutton Trust to forestall any comments), I was beginning to worry.
Do you always get a room for the interview? I thought that they just kept you for a couple of hours, then sent you on your merry way...it would be nice, though, considering that I live in Southsea.