altogetherisi: (Default)
 I just voted :)

I had two votes in the elections last year, but this was my first general election and as someone with a genuine interest in politics, and someone that feels so incredibly frustrated by voter apathy, and after two years of Government and Politics A Level it does kinda please me.

Of course, one vote might not make much of a difference, and even if my candidate wins in my constituency who on earth will be running this country in a weeks time seems to be pretty up in the air.

But. I exercised my democratic right to vote today, and it pleases me to have done so :D

+
+
+

Perhaps more interestingly this morning I suddenly looked up Lady Gaga's tour dates. She is coming back to the UK in May/June, and though her London dates are during my exams, I could possibly go in Manchester or Sheffield. Tickets appear to be on sale, and not for insane prices. So... would it be crazy to try to go? I have no idea who, if anyone, from school or from uni, would want to go, and I absolutely can't go on my own. And it would be just after my exams, and on one side of Laura Marling at Hay, and I'd be totally exhausted and should be staying in college and getting drunk with my friends and all that. 

But... its Lady Gaga. And god knows whether she'll do more dates over here for a while afterward.

Decisions *sigh*
altogetherisi: (Default)
So.

My deadline for making a decision about my uni offers is May 4th. As it stands, I'm going to put Cambridge as my firm. It's m insurance that I'm more confused about. I've pretty much ruled out Leeds and KCL because I don't really like the course at Leeds and I don't want to live in London. So that leaves Durham and Cardiff.

[For those reading this that may not understand the way you apply to university in the UK, you apply to five unis, they give you an offer or a rejection, then if you hold two or more offers you pick one as your Firm and one as your Insurance, declining any others. Then when you get your exam results in August if you have met the conditions of your Firm, you go there. If you have not met the conditions of your Firm but you have of your Insurance, you go there. If you have not met either of them, you can go into Clearing, where you scramble to get any spare places.]

The thing is, I went to Durham on Monday and the place is gorgeous, really lovely, and the course is really good; mainly compulsory in the first year with one option that can be taken from inside or outside the department. Its such a wonderful place. I didn't get into the college I applied for though, I got pooled to one quite far out; I was concerned about this, but after visiting the area I feel generally much more positive about the whole place. The main problem is though, that Durham is far more a contender for Firm than for Insurance. It's hard to explain, but it is really very similar to Cambridge, and it is asking for AAB rather than AAA. There was a time, a couple of months ago I suppose, when I was reall not sure I even wanted to go to Cambridge at all, and I thought maybe Durham would be a possible alternative.

So. Durham is a possible Insurance to Cambridge, because its offer is lower than Cambridge's, but only by one grade. So, if I went for Cambridge/Durham [not a ship, not a ticket... or is it?] and didn't get AAB I would go into clearing, or reapply all over again next year. And if I missed AAB but not one of my other offers that I declined, that would be rather rubbish, to say the least.

Whereas my other option is Cardiff. Cardiff is a more ordinary university, less respected than Cambridge or Duham, and it isn't collegiate or particularly old. It isn't really gorgeous, its pretty normal, a touch grotty in places, accomodation seems alright. It's normal. The course has more options in the first year, it's apparently known particularly for it Theology department, particularly its Eastern religions classes. And, you can do a whole third of the first year outside the department, which is quite cool, a bit like a minor I guess. I would probably pick up credits in Law, and that might help me later. Cardiff is such a lovely city though, pretty and Welsh, big and bus but friendly and safe and nice. And, y'know, the film Doctor Who and Torchwood there :D Eve Myles told me to go there.

More importantly though, the've given me a really low offer, BBC or 280 points.

I already have that.

So, if I put down Cardiff as my Insurance, I am totally safe from clearing/the possibility of crashing and burning and never going to uni anywhere, because if I get AAA I go to Cambridge and if I get anthing lower I go to Cardiff. I can't not get into it. And maybe it would relax me to know that these life changing exams, the most important exams I've ever faced [except possibly last years, I guess. And next years, of course] don't carry whether I'll go to uni at all, only whether I'll go to Cambridge.

I just, Insurance choices are meant to be your Insurance. I am totally capable of getting AAA if I work really really really hard. Its not impossible. But, if I miss it at all, I don't know that I should bet I would onl miss it by one grade. Because I have what amounts to an unconditional offer from Cardiff, and if I throw it away and then get ABB I am screwed. And, it would be lousy to be screwed with ABB because that is what I need for 3 of my 5 offers. It's perfectly respectable.

And so, whenever I think this, I think, It's probably sensible to go for Cambridge/Cardiff like I've been saying all along.

And the part of me that fell so in love with Durham wails inside me.

Profile

altogetherisi: (Default)
the camelion Poet

July 2013

S M T W T F S
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   

Tags

Page generated Jul. 21st, 2017 02:47 pm

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags