For English, I had at least five or six contact hours a week – of tuition on my own, in pairs or in small groups.If you fall behind, or go wildly off-piste, you are told about it quickly. Some of the brightest were also the most miserable. At least a few students would have been happier elsewhere.
What difference does it make, in a 'globalized' world, where online courses and TED Talks are readily accessible, to live in London, England or Calgary, Alberta?
Although virtual communication works in many situations, it cannot replace the experience of being physically in a place.
Candidates only think about whether they are clever enough to get in.
They rarely stop to consider whether the universities are right for them in other ways. And despite the stereotypes, this isn't because the universities are posh – they're not.
Although my time has been spent between England and Canada, the experience is nevertheless similar, allowing me to better understand the city where I grew up while taking in new experiences at Cambridge.
This last year has provided me with ample opportunity to consider the question of place.
English graduate Beth Murtagh, who completed her degree in 2007, founded the website both due to the high prices, and hence relatively low usage rates, of better-known dating sites, and as an antidote to what is perceived by some as the modern ‘hookup culture’ of apps such as Tinder, which appear to focus on one’s physical attributes.
Speaking to , Murtagh commented: “I thought there was a gap in the market for a site which was focused on romance and long-term commitment, as the sites which did do this were all affixed to religion.
This Monday, parents and pupils around the country will start crossing fingers, collecting rabbits’ feet and drawing hexes on the floor as the final applications are filed.