Everyone loves choices. The sentence “I have no choice” often comes with a sigh. Or it’s a strong one, indicating frustration – “But I have no choice!” Sobsobs. *Face turns red, cheek flustered, huge fat tears flowing*
Okay I’m digressing.
A typical normal average UK bound student gets to choose four universities. Often choices are made based on learning style – PBL or Integrated, geographical factor, subjects requirements and undeniably influenced by those people around them.
So I had my time – Newcastle University , University of Leicester , Cardiff University and Queen’s University of Belfast .
I chose Newcastle basically because of the subjects’ requirements – 38 with bonus points, with 6 in Biology and Chemistry HL. Takde Maths, bahagia lah. Leicester .. I’m not sure why myself. With at least 6 for ALL subjects, what did I have in mind when I chose Leicester? *sigh* Cardiff due to its lower requirements of 18 for HL subjects (back then I thought I could at least nail Bio or Chem if I landed with 5 for Maths. And Belfast , obviously, for the “No Interview” reason. Only that later I found out they DO have it, and man, it was tough!
My application to Newcastle was unsuccessful – without even an interview. Frustrated, because it was actually my first choice. Then I managed to secure all three Conditional Offers from Leicester, Belfast and Cardiff .
I personally like the lady form Leicester , and I think it’s mutual. (I guess it’s mainly because she’s from admin, and she didn’t ask much of medical stuff)
Being the last candidate to be interviewed for Belfast , I had a really tough time. It seemed like they were trying to squeeze everything out of me. And I hate the questions!
Sorry, I vaguely remember the interview with Cardiff .
Having to decline an offer from one of the universities, that was when I realized sometimes choices are not always necessary.
Because I often think too much. I create my own scene in my head. The worst scene that could happen. And prior to that, I believe I made the not-so-right choice.
I was spoilt by choices, and now I’m paying for it.