> Karyn

Application

 Oxford

 Keble

 Mathematics

 2008

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 post-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Comprehensive School

 yes (10 A*,1 A)

A-levels

(A at AS (284 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (280 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (291 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (266 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (286 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

Details about the offer

 unconditional

yes

yes

yes

Oxford is better than my others, although I still consider some of the other universities I applied to to be 'good' universities, close to Oxford.

 offer met

Decisions about the application

None of my family has been to university before, and I wanted to go somewhere with a very academic atmosphere to get a good education, and to achieve my absolute potential - Oxford is the place to do this.

Mathematics has always been inspiring to me, always a part of me. I could not imagine my life without Maths. I chose this over modern languages as I feel I can keep them up as an extra-curricular activity, whereas Maths is harder to be kept up as an extra.

I loved the location, atmosphere and attitude of Keble

Preparation

no

None.

No.

Interview

yes

A Maths test sent out by Oxford themselves.

no

No.

no

Not during the interview period.

Fairly enjoyable: I felt I responded well to hints as well as using my own knowledge and intuition, and I felt I transmitted my passion for Maths well.

Various Maths/probability/logical thinking problems.

I wore trousers to a couple and dresses to a few (I had six interviews in total) because I wanted to feel comfortable for ME and look smart.

Impressions

I liked Keble, and also really felt welcomed at New College, where I had two interviews.

Fairly spacious, basic, but everything required was provided.

Excellent: great variety and plentiful too.

Pleasant and welcoming, but professional.

Nice, friendly, passionate about their subjects.

Final stage

Nervous, but I only had to wait two days for my phone call.

Someone phoned me and I kept thanking her over the phone, in a crazy manner.

Looking back

Yes.

Don't over-prepare. Be relaxed, and if you are unsure of a question, always say what you are thinking. Really show how much you love your subject(s).

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