Looking back many moons ago to the time when I had sent off my application and all the tests and essays to go along with it, my main memory is that of the tremendous waiting time after the December interviews to the mid January results.I waited, and waited, and waited for an email to find out whether I had got a place or not. I didn't apply in Sixth Form, instead opting for a gap year for a variety of reasons including health and an inability to fully commit to one university course. So, in a way I was much luckier than most because I already knew my grades and that meant that if or when the offer email came, it would be essentially a guaranteed place.
Nonetheless I was very nervous and I remember sitting at the bottom of the stairs just scrolling on my phone when the email came. All I said was, quit quietly, "I got in", with next to no emotion in my voice. My Mum who was the nearest person wasn't really listening and after a pause asked me to repeat myself which I diligently did. Suffice to say that after that slow motion event celebrations were had and eventually the surprise abated.
That being said, for many people their dream is to get into Oxford but it’s important to remember what you really want to get out of university. University is about broadening your horizons and being academically challenged in a subject area your passionate about. It’s about making friends and having new experiences that will stay with you hopefully for the rest of your life and it’s about paving the way for your future.