> anonymous 425

Application

 Oxford

 St Hilda's

 English and Modern Languages

 2000

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent - non-selective

 yes (2 A*,3 A,4 B)

A-levels

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in English Literature, A in French, B in History

yes

I have met the requirements and will be going up in October. I put Warwick down initially as insurance, though.

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Felt I would enjoy the rigour and intensity of that life. Love discussing and thinking about my subject and thought the tutorial system would be perfect for this sort of thing.

I prefer Oxford as a place and Cambridge didn't do my course.

Informal, unpretentious, supportive. I felt that this was an environment where I could thrive and not feel intimidated and overwhelmed by big buildings and traditions.

Preparation

yes

Lots of advice and a mock interview in each subject.

The forms: They aren't too complicated, really. I guess be yourself, don't pretend to be the person you think they want. They look for individuality but not forced individuality.

The interview: Read a lot, till you're confident. Approach it with the attitude that whatever happens you have learned something and as an opportunity - you have nothing to lose so be calm and honest (v. imp).
Know the course inside out and have a vague impression of styles and times of authors - could prove useful.
Try to enjoy it!

Interview

no

yes

English: 1) An essay on the love poetry of John Donne. 2) Another on an extract (the storm scene) of 'King Lear'. I chose these as they were by best essays and showed different skills, close analysis of language and work on a theme. French: two lit essays on short stories by Maupassant + Flaubert. Was supposed to send one lang essay but didn't like any of mine so...

yes

French grammar test - revised some grammar but not loads. Found specimen paper hard but the real thing was much easier.

I was very intimidated!!!
In my French interview there was a camera crew filming for a documentary on the life of the college. Slightly disconcerting but still, an interesting experience.

English: What I had been reading recently (Forster). Modern poetry. Seeming too enthusiastic they asked me whether there was something I disliked in English lit. Oral analysis of a poem read aloud to me next. I expected more time but had virtually none. Asked me to date it and speculate on the political context. French: The genre of my French essays, a few questions about them and the opinions I expressed, about the meaning of 'linguistics' (part of the course), some medieval French history I expressed an interest in on my UCAS form...

Light trousers and a linen long sleeved jacket top thing. Smart but not too formal. Wore a bright tie dyed silk scarf in reds and deep oranges for contrast. I felt it gave an idea of me whilst not being too dressy - I would have been too uncomfortable that way.

Impressions

Warm and inviting. Friendly and casual. Staff who care.

Simple but pretty w/ a great view of Magdalen Tower. But this varies immensely, of course. I think it's all rather nice.

Excellent.

Friendly mostly, if quite pushy at times. They really want to push you to find out what you can do.

Nice!

Final stage

I was over the moon. I left Oxford feeling humiliated and low and fully expected a rejection.
It really gave me incentive to work for those grades!

Looking back

Of course! Can't wait to go!

Feedback

We are sorry, but the owner of this profile has not given us his/her consent to provide the feedback service.