Monday, 9 January 2012

Questing Experience Needed - All Suggestions Welcome! Slaying of Dragons Optional.

This year is going to be mad for me. Not only am I expected to battle my way through four incredibly demanding academic subjects (two of which seem to be on a mission to break my brain, though in slightly different manners), several extra-curricular courses, school trips and a five-day trek across Dartmoor, but I have to start thinking about that thing that every student dreads.

Applying to University. That ultimate quest that every green rookie must undertake if they want to survive out there in the Big Wide World.

Frankly, I'm having trouble lifting the sword.

To be fair, I've set myself some high goals - Oxford is on my application list, as well as three other Russell Group universities (for you Americans, that's our version of your Ivy League). I reckon I can get there too, if I work hard enough, and it's nice to know that some of my teachers think so too. 

But to get there, I need a bloomin' good application form. I'm working on it - I've got pretty good GCSE results (nine subjects, no grades below an A), Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh qualifications, several Drama grades attained from the London Academy of Music and Drama, and I'm working on a load more. Gotta have the armour before you can take on the giant, right?

But, as I'm applying for English Literature courses, I reckon I could really do with something to prove I haven't misread the prophecy and come barking up the wrong Oracle's cave.

Here's where you guys come in. Can anyone here recommend a good course or set of classes I should attend in the holidays to bolster my application? Any form of work experience regarding writing of any sort would be welcome too - I'm going to try and apply to a few newspapers to see if they'll let me hang around for a couple of days, or maybe write an article or two for them. 

ANY suggestions would be very welcome, but I would really love it if you could let me know of some sort of residential course that would span three or four days away from home (part of my Gold Duke of Edinburgh qualification, which I desperately need to get done, and would prefer to avoid the options involving boring manual labour).

It's  rather daunting to think about it now - I'm still only sixteen, and still don't believe I survived GCSEs - but it's time to get my butt in gear and get going. New Year, new challenges, and all new adventures to go on.

Anyone care to point me in the right direction? The dragon ate my map.


  1. Oof *Plop, paper knrinkles as it's unfolded from a crumpled mess* I think I found your map *truns it every which way* but sadly as one of those Americans I cna't say I can read it very well, pplus it looks like it went through the wash once or twice. :}

    You've got some high fgoals there my friend. I never applied to an Ivy League School. I couldn't be bothered to write an essay for one of the three schools I randomly picked to apply for. I got into the other two, and picked the one my bf was at (a good move considering I broke up with me and then met the man who is now my hubby). It hasn't set me back at all, especially now that I've been working for a 'few' years. Heh. But I went into science and I suspect that's a differnt thing all together.

    So what year are you expected to start University? A conversation I just had with Miriam about Jennie's age and year have gotten me all confused about the Brittish School system again. :} All I really know is you're years are our grades + 1.

    Anyway, I was pointed to the liberary to do research on schools and what not... your teachers may have connections for those jobs you wanted...

    *hands back the crumpled and faded map.
    :} Cathryn

  2. *takes map* Thanks! I go to university in two years' time, but I have to make my application early next year or, better yet, over the summer. Hence the general panic xP

  3. Bad news first: I have absolutely no advice. (Sorry!) I'm still trying to figure out the system for the American version of college, so I'd probably slaughter the British version.

    But, on the bright side, I found your blog from the Castles, Quills, and Cameras blog, and I'm a new follower. This post's title and the bit about the map made me laugh!

  4. Wow. I'd love to help, but I know nothing. I've only had a view semesters of college, and nowhere as cool as Oxford. But good luck!

  5. Haha, no worries guys - and welcome to the blog Jenna! I hope I can continue to entertain you, for I aim to please ;)

    Thank you all for looking over the post though - it means a lot to me :)

  6. Ah ha ha ha, have fun Spook ;)

    Eurgh, Oxford. Why would you want to do that? Lol ;) If I was going to apply to Oxbridge, it'd be Cambridge to do Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic (Asnac, as they call it), because that's the way I roll. But I'm not. Maybe when I'm thirty. At the moment, I'm thinking ballet, which as you can imagine can't really wait until I'm thirty.

  7. I like the course at Oxford ... and I've always had stupidly high aspirations for myself. And Oxford is so beautiful and full of crazy English nerds like me ... I'll shut up now xP