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Joe Boyle

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Joe Boyle last won the day on July 25 2012

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  1. If you apply predicted above and miss the grades they may let you in, but it's not really a good idea to apply when you're below their requirements, but maybe not the worst idea to try it for either King's or soas then apply to four others which you meet. Durham and Warwick are both excellent universities.
  2. Got my ominous letter in the post today telling me that Cambridge don't want to give me an offer, which is fair enough but I'd be interested to hear why. First (and hopefully only) rejection. Anyone done any better?
  3. So far you're doing it just right, if you can keep it up with 776 at HL and 42 points then you've got as good a shot as most of the other applicants, which is the best anyone can realistically do. I was in your position a while back, and all you can do is work hard and apply and take whatever they'll give you (I'm waiting on hearing back as to what they'll give me). You've got good subjects and the living abroad sounds really interesting and will probably hold you in good stead for something to talk about at an interview or something (I don't know how it works for stateside applicants, I think
  4. I completely agree, the fact that they only send it off as a letter (for Cambridge anyway) is pretty annoying as well. Having said that, it's better than the other universities that wait until they have everyone's applications on the 15th of January before they start sorting them and sending out offers. The wait is so agonising It's less than a month wait. I don't know why people are complaining it's really long. Some universities take months to reply with an offer or rejection (Not mentioning any names Durham.) It's a longer wait than finding out about the interview, and it's over christm
  5. I completely agree, the fact that they only send it off as a letter (for Cambridge anyway) is pretty annoying as well. Having said that, it's better than the other universities that wait until they have everyone's applications on the 15th of January before they start sorting them and sending out offers. The wait is so agonising
  6. This, exactly this. There's the point that you can save money for the last few years of school and get a job or something then you can afford a gap year before you get into student debt, but I think that 18/19 is too young to really appreciate a gap year. Travel is great by all means, but I think that a lot of places people go on gap years (latin america, india, se asia, china etc.) are places which you could appreciate much more when you're a bit older and you have more experience. obviously I don't know, but that's how it seems to me. depending on your degree, a gap year is also more feasibl
  7. Nottingham - 34 interview for King's college, Cambridge 4th December. Well done on your offers and invitations so far Thanks, you too! My friends both got offered 34 (one for maths and one for international relations) at Nottingham. King's is so beautiful, I can't wait for my interview, I just need to catch up on my reading...
  8. Definitely true, but of five choices I'd personally take the risk and hope.
  9. This thread's lagging a bit and I find that talking about university plans is a good motivator for IB so I'll restart it. I've got offers from Glasgow (32) and Bristol (35, 666) and I got an invitation for interview for the 5th of December and King's Cambridge Anyone else heard anything? I think the BMAT results came out the other day as well, so how did anyone do in those?
  10. Remember though, IB predicted grades aren't usually very well regarded by universities, so they may let it slip. You could also beg your teachers to predict you that extra point so they're more likely to consider you. I'd say that with five choices, one which is a point above predicted may be worth the shot, for no reason other than that at least then you know.
  11. As Jack Black said, YOLO is just carpe diem for stupid people. I have no problem with the acronym, but it's the idea of using it to justify stupid things. I'm all for risks and fun, but having unprotected sex with a stranger (for example) and then justifying it by saying YOLO is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. Just because you have one life doesn't mean you should blight it with uncalculated risks and their inevitable consequences, in fact in means exactly the opposite.
  12. Have you already submitted your UCAS app then? Yeah I got it in on the 11th I think, got e-mails from all of the five within two days
  13. Cambridge (King's) - Natural Sciences Edinburgh - Ecological & Environmental Science St Andrews - Zoology Bristol - Environmental Geoscience Glasgow - Animal Biology Currently procrastinating my SAQ (anyone else have trouble trying to not only decide on their life plan, but also fit it under 300 characters?)
  14. I'd be an explorer-writer-photographer who conducted scientific experiments in my travels, that'd be the life...
  15. learn your teacher's definition by heart, it's the right one and definition questions are some of the hardest in a chemistry exam because the marking is very specific. This question has come up in a lot of exams too
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