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Uni applicant diaries: applying to Oxbridge

Oxford and Cambridge Universities are famously tough to get into - so if you're nervous about applying there, you're not the only one. Our applicant blogger Imogen shares her thoughts about the process...

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Imogen on applying to Oxford"Anticipation - and a bumper reading list"

- Imogen Howarth
 


'I am hoping to apply to the University of Oxford to study German – Oxford instead of Cambridge because I preferred the feel of Oxford, and I think that it will be more of a university in a city, whereas Cambridge feels more like the university is the city.

'I am quite excited for the process, as the experience of going to interview and debating literary ideas with leaders in the field - the people who write the university textbooks - will be fascinating. The course for German sole (German by itself) is very literature-based. The course may seem a little more restricted than other universities, which offer history and other subject modules in their own right, but the Oxford course takes you from medieval literature through to modern texts - a range that seems to be second to none (at least at the universities I have looked at).

I am a little daunted, but I am still applying to other well-regarded universities, so I won’t be completely heartbroken if I don’t receive a place. Because of this, I’m able to focus on enjoying the experience instead of worrying whether I get in because I don’t want to go anywhere else.

'This summer I have a long list of German books - classics, something more modern and just young adult books - to improve my language skills. Because I love reading, this doesn’t feel like a chore at all, and I’m quite looking forward to it. Personal statement drafting will also happen this summer, but I need to get some reading done first before I can tackle that.'

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