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OUT OF CHARACTER

Mun Name: Vale

Age: minor

Pronouns: whatever dude

Password (Did you read the rules to find this?): binch

IN CHARACTER

Character’s Full Name: Clyde Donovan

Age: 16

Gender/Pronouns: he/him

Sexuality: bi disaster

Grade (The main four should be juniors/year 11, please age your characters according to those): grade 11/junior

Appearance (Just a brief description of your characters appearance): he still has his messy swept brunette hair and has dark blue eyes. He’s still a bit chub but looks like he has muscles, mostly since he tries to work out (he would be fully buff if not for all the junk food he eats). He has some thicc legs and is short even though he doesn’t claim he is.

Personality: his personality is basically crying, eating, memes, and showing off. At times he can be a bit selfish but he tries not to and can even be too full of himself. He can be compassionate at times and even caring. He would be the guy who gets someone to buy him something but then pay them back in a year.

History (What went on past fourth grade? How has their past affected them?): when he was 9, his mother died and that actually hurt him a bit too much, including his dad. His dad became depressed and Clyde stopped being in his house anymore since he was sick of his father being a mess, all they were talking about was his mom even though Clyde wanted to move on. He’s still traumatized from his mother’s harsh but he still loves her even though all the things she has done to him. He’s still a bit scared of girls since the List and almost never dates girls anymore.

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OUT OF CHARACTER

Mun Name:Rome!!or just ro

Age:15

Pronouns:they/them
Password (Did you read the rules to find this?):binch

IN CHARACTER

Character’s Full Name: Craigory Tucker
Age:18
Gender/Pronouns:He/they
Sexuality:gayyyy
Grade (The main four should be juniors/year 11, please age your characters according to those)year 11
Appearance (Just a brief description of your characters appearance):he wears a blue hoodie with a shitty band t shirt under it(he still has some decency,,,), ripped jeans like the closeted emo he is,he still wears braces, though he has abandoned his hat, he has a rainbow backpack.
Personality: apathetic snarky asshole, sarcasm is is middle name, pretends not to care but cares too much, loves to rant abt the things he’s intrested in(space,animals,his boyfriend,,)has a lot of inappropriately timed facts.

History (What went on past fourth grade? How has their past affected them?):after years with tweek he’s learned to b a lot more empathetic and more open abt his feelings,he’s learned much more abt being open to sexuality and gender and often talks a lot abt it. And with that grown an a appreciation for ppl like wendy, stan, and kenny. I also personally hc that he’s autisic!!

i hope he isn’t taken,,,sincerely a babey

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I feel alive.

So today I was rejected from the University of Cambridge.

And do you know what?

I’m okay.

In fact, I’ve never felt better.

This has been my dream university for months - and now, the world is my oyster. I can do whatever I want without the immense pressure. I’ve just realised it wasn’t for me - everything has fallen into place. What will be, will be.

And I’m excited for that.

My aim for summer is 3 As in my A levels (which gets me into all of my other options) and a 7 in Classical Greek GCSE. Anything better is a bonus, no longer a requirement.

There’s a poster in our common room about the application process for Cambridge. Today I turned it round and wrote on the back: ‘You are not defined by an institution.’

I feel liberated. I’m of course still going to work just as hard as before, I still want to do the best I can. I’ll probably do better as I’ll be happier.

There are various other reasons why every second I think about this, the happier, more content, and more hopeful I feel for the future. But these are the main ones.

I don’t regret applying. I’d only have regretted it if I hadn’t, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t. I wouldn’t feel like I do now.

I’ve learnt so much. I’m still learning. Never see rejection as a failure. It’s always an opportunity.

When one door closes, two others open.

(That being said, if you did get an offer from Oxbridge, congratulations!)

Reviewing and editing my portfolio to get ready for the upcoming spring and summer jury. I have a folder of past works that I keep to see the progression of my work. I think it’s fun to look back on these older projects and ideas but to move forward and change, you cannot dwell on the past :)

The Oxbridge application process

Hey, stxdywarrior here! I’ve recently just applied to Cambridge University to study English, and I wanted to share my tips and experiences to help you if you’re interested in applying. First of all, if you’re applying to Oxford or Cambridge, that’s great! They’re both amazing universities, and applying is going to be challenging but so rewarding. I have no doubt that you’ll excel, whatever you want to do.

Please share this and add to it if you wish to!

A quick note: While this masterpost is general, I have to stress that lots of these tips may only apply to humanities subjects. I don’t have much to say about the sciences, I’m afraid. If you are applying for a science, however, I still hope you can find some great content in here for you.

UCAS application

Okay, first thing’s first: the application itself. Applying to Oxbridge is different because you have to have your UCAS form sent by October 15th (while everyone else has the luxury of waiting until January), and while that sounds stressful, it’s a great feeling to get it done early, trust me. And this means having applied to ALL your chosen universities, not just Oxford or Cambridge.

Another thing that’s different about Oxbridge is that they’re collegiate universities, so you’ll have to choose a college. Or, you can choose to make an open application, meaning you’ll be assigned a college later by the university. Don’t stress too much about this stage - people choose certain colleges for all sorts of reasons, and they’re all good anyway. I chose my college because it was small and had good student wellbeing services.

Because the deadline is so early, I would recommend you start thinking about your personal statement by Summer, so that when you get back in September, you can hit the ground running. Here are a few tips I have for your personal statement:

  •  Get all the help you can. And by this I mean: ask everyone you know who might be helpful to have a look over it. This means teachers, family members, classmates, and anyone you know who’s recently been through the same process you are going through.
  • That being said, make sure all of the opinions don’t leave you at see. I found it really hard when one person was telling me one thing and another was telling me the opposite, but I learned to balance my OWN judgements with other peoples’.
  • Don’t worry about the character count until your last drafts. Make sure you nail the content first.
  • It doesn’t matter how many drafts you have to get through, as long as you save all the drafts. I think I got through like 14 drafts?
  • Don’t JUST write it for Oxbridge. What I mean is, the other universities on your list matter too. So even though Oxbridge don’t care much about your extracurriculars, that doesn’t mean you should ignore them.
  • It isn’t about quantity, it’s about quality. Even if you’ve only done a few things, if you write about them well, then they’re still just as impressive.
  • A tip not everyone hears is that the universities want to hear about your personal response to things. Don’t just say you read a book; say how it made you feel, and why you were interested in it. Use phrases like ‘I was fascinated by’ and ‘this intrigued me’. I’m serious.

Remember that your personal statement is literally the hardest piece of writing you have to do. It’s easy to feel daunted by it, but there are plenty of resources out there to help.

Supplementary Application Questionnaire (Cambridge only)

If you’ve applied to Cambridge, you’ll soon get ask to do the SAQ. This isn’t a big deal, but it’s quite a long form to fill out, so it’s best to do it carefully and start early. You’ll be asked things like what modules you’ve studied in your a levels, and you have to include a profile photo of yourself. At the end, you can also write an additional personal statement. This is optional, but just for reference, my one included some things I’d done that I hadn’t included on my personal statement, and I related them to some of the specific modules on the Cambridge course.

Entrance exams

Depending on which subject you’re applying for, you may be asked to sit an exam. This will be typically registered through your school or college, and it’s important to make sure you sign up before the deadline (which will be set by your school). The exams happen around late October.

As I was applying for English, I took the ELAT (English Literature Admissions Test). In the ELAT I was given six texts (poems or novel excerpts), all linked by a theme, and I had to pick two to ‘compare and contrast’. So there was no set structure, and I couldn’t strictly revise for it. In terms of preparation, you can find past papers, and it also helps to do language analysis of some unseen poetry just so you’re used to it. You will NEVER be tested on things you don’t know; they’re more looking for the way you form and present an argument.

Essay submission

Depending on which subject you’re applying for (mainly humanities), you may be asked by email to submit essays to your chosen college. I was asked to send in two essays that I’d done in a school setting (I got to choose, whew), and I needed to print four copies of each (no idea why) and get my teachers to sign it to prove it was my work. The essays can’t be edited.

One thing to note is that, while Oxford usually let you email them, Cambridge are still in the Dark Ages and will only receive them by post. So if you’re applying to Cambridge and are a confused millennial like me, who literally never uses post, I’d get the essays in early.

Another thing is that my college constantly emailed me reminders about the essay deadline, so unless you live under a rock you can’t miss it.

The interview

As the final stage of the application process, you will (hopefully!) be invited to interview. They’ll let you know by email in late November. Cambridge typically invite about 80% of applicants, whereas Oxford invite less, which I think is about 50%. So if you get an interview, congratulations! And don’t panic. People say it’s the biggest factor in the process, when in reality the universities treat each part of your application equally.

Interviews are done differently by each university. In Oxford, you’ll be asked to stay at your college for a few days, because not only do your college interview you, but your application is sent around other colleges, so you could be invited to interview at another college at any time. (Sorry I can’t shed more light on this, as I didn’t apply to Ox.) In Cambridge, you only get interviewed by one college, and you have the option of staying overnight or just going for the day.

How to prepare:

  • While you don’t need to go overboard with this one, do read a lot around your subject in the few weeks beforehand, so that if they ask, “so, what have you been reading lately?”, you’ve got a lot to say.
  • If you have the opportunity to do a practise interview, take it. My school organised one for me, but even if your school doesn’t, find someone - like a teacher - who can do it for you. Even if it’s them just grilling you on your personal statement, at least you’ll be used to articulating your arguments in an interview setting.
  • If you sent in essays, make sure you read over those essays beforehand. They asked me about one of mine.
  • Map out some generic questions that they might ask you. For English, for example, I researched questions like, “is it better to read a play or see it in production?” and “what’s the difference between literacy and literature?” and even “what is literature?”
  • You’ll be notified by email the professors who will be interviewing you. I’d recommend looking them up (they’ll be on your college website) and finding out what they specialise in.
  • Read over your personal statement as many times as you have to. They’re very likely to ask you about something on there.
  • This sounds cliche, but PLEASE look after yourself before the interview. It always takes place right at the end of a really busy term, so watch out for colds and things (I’m telling you this because I was recovering from a chest infection when I interviewed, and had only just got my voice back RIP)

The interview itself

  • If you’re doing a humanities subject, you might be given a source or written extract to look at before one of the interviews, and then they’ll discuss it with you. I’d bring lots of highlighters for you to annotate. (I was expected to just be given a poem for English, but I actually got a poem AND part of a critical essay. Go figure.)
  • No one cares what you’re wearing. I mean, wear sensible stuff, but there’s no need to try to hard.
  • This is a bit random, but my teacher told me to make a list of all the things I love about my second choice university the night before, to remind myself that Oxbridge isn’t everything. Believe it or not, it worked.
  • You have to expect to be put on the spot, and this means on-your-feet thinking. I heard they can smell a rehearsed answer from a mile away.
  • When you’re waiting to interview, you’ll probably meet loads of other applicant like you. It’s up to you whether you chat with them or not - I know some people like to keep themselves to themselves to keep their focus, while I personally loved getting to know people, as chatting helped me stay calm. Either way, everyone’s in the same boat, so don’t worry.
  • If you’re like me, and easily get distracted by social media, I’d recommend staying off it for the whole day if you can. I did this, and it helped me protect my mental space and keep out negative thoughts.
  • Some of your interviewers might come across as a bit scary. They might also disagree with everything you say, which can be off-putting. Try not to worry too much if this happens - stand your ground.
  • When you make an argument, be prepared to justify it, but also, if you want to change your mind, do it. The interviewers are looking for a teachable mind, not someone who’s right all the time and knows everything, so show you have an open mind.

Once the interview’s over, all you have to do is get some well-deserved rest and wait! Try not to overthink how it went, because in reality you have no idea. Some people think they did awfully, but end up getting an offer, so.

The decision

Okay, here’s the truth: Oxbridge is not the be-all and end-all. It just isn’t. Your worth and intelligence cannot be defined by an institution.

For when you’re waiting for a decision: think of Oxbridge as a bonus. This is what I did: I had another university as my ‘first choice’, so that Cambridge was just an extra.

If you don’t get an offer: You will be so happy at wherever you decide to go instead. Think of it as Oxford or Cambridge’s loss, not yours - hundreds of applicants who are very much smart enough to get a place don’t, and that isn’t because they aren’t good enough.

While it’s okay to feel disappointed, it’s best to focus on the amazing learning experience that applying has been. You’ve shown yourself that you can handle all that while still maintaining your priorities and sense of self. So you should STILL be proud.

If you do get an offer: Congratulations! Party time. Except it’s not time to party just yet, because you’ve still got to get the a level grades to secure your spot.


I hope this helped! Don’t hesitate to ask me anything else you want to know.

Just tagging a few people who have been through the same process/have asked about it: @rebeccaravenclaw @littlebitofstudy @lesbianlondongrammar @sectumsempracurse

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me rn bc of nursing school applications 😩🥺

I feel like I’m behind which I am not

Not that there is anything wrong w being behind.. everyone has their own timeline

Just kinda gets me mad how each nursing school requires different prerequisites & even requires two different nursing entrance exams

Some want the HESI and some want the TEAS

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Thank you so much to everyone who applied! Keep an eye on your emails – all responses should be sent out by next weekend.

Hold onto your graduation caps until then!