The Definitive 2011 Cambridge Thread


MikeLJ

Hey guys, My Camsis page was updated today. I have been accepted into my First Choice College....Gonville and Caius. Nonetheless, I did not receive an email informing me of this. Good luck to those still waiting for a decision.


Congrats! I got Downing!

<blockquote>Hey guys, My Camsis page was updated today. I have been accepted into my First Choice College....Gonville and Caius. Nonetheless, I did not receive an email informing me of this. Good luck to those still waiting for a decision.</blockquote>

Congrats! I got Downing!
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suchette

Acorn67, nothing at the moment. "Papers with degree commettee". Almost hate this phrase and do hope that I get their feedback today.

Acorn67, nothing at the moment. "Papers with degree commettee". Almost hate this phrase and do hope that I get their feedback today.
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Dionne7*

Hey guys, My Camsis page was updated today. I have been accepted into my First Choice College....Gonville and Caius. Nonetheless, I did not receive an email informing me of this. Good luck to those still waiting for a decision.


Congrats! I got Downing!


Congratulations to you also :) x

<blockquote><blockquote>Hey guys, My Camsis page was updated today. I have been accepted into my First Choice College....Gonville and Caius. Nonetheless, I did not receive an email informing me of this. Good luck to those still waiting for a decision.</blockquote>

Congrats! I got Downing!</blockquote>

Congratulations to you also :) x
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suchette

Anneka, could you please tell me how you got your offer a week ago? Was it an e-mail or a camsis notification?

Anneka, could you please tell me how you got your offer a week ago? Was it an e-mail or a camsis notification?
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tills

I received a conditional offer on February 26th. My camsis has not been updated yet, but I emailed Suzanne Wade to know the academic condition attached to my offer. I am from the Netherlands where a grading scale of 1-10 is used. I am required to obtain an average grade of 8.5/10 for my LLB. This is an impossible condition to fulfil in my situation.

First, when I applied I had an average grade of 7,85/10 and I stated in my application form that I expected to obtain a final 8/10 (cum laude). At the time of applying I had only three exams (one mandatory and two additional) to complete. Obtaining an average grade of 8,5/10 was not only practically but even mathematically impossible. Even with three 10/10 ´s I would not fulfil the condition.

More importantly, at my university obtaining an average grade of 8,5/10 for a Master´s degree would be a quite difficult but still reasonable condition. Our LLB consists of 25 subjects though, and average grades of 8,5 are almost never obtained. I doublechecked this with several professors and the faculty´s administration.
I have just learned that I have indeed obtained my LLB ´cum laude´, which places me approximately in the top 3% of my university. Would not this be the equivalent of a ´first degree´ in the UK?

I have contacted Ms.Wade by email to explain my situation, but I have not received any answer yet. Should I send a formal letter to the Board of Graduate Studies, supported by statements of the Examination Committee of my faculty about my performances?
I would very appreciate any advice from people who are or were in a similar situation ! Many thanks in advance!




I have the exact same problem and I really doubt if they will even response to my email for this matter as my latest email stating the complication of other matters was not responded yet. However, because your grades are all released, perhaps you can tell them what you have and see if that is sufficient? My grades are not all released yet so I have not made that move.



Hey - I too have the exact same problem! It will take a few miracles to get the average required although it is mathematically possible. It is possible to submit a ranking after everyone has received their diploma this year, but I do not know how far that will go to convince Cambridge. Miss Wade said they would consider grades which are close to the 8.5 (8.4) but my average is made up of several years study so changing it is difficult. In fact my university doest give any official recognition of an average grade above an 8 (cum laude) so i now need to request a special letter from the Board of Examiners explaining the grade as it is not on the diploma - and the Board has never had to do it before so they are still considering if they will grant an explanation in the first place. Does this not suggest that the requirement is slightly rare / unreasonable?
Have any Dutch students heard anything? Thanks for your help.
Regards

<blockquote><blockquote>I received a conditional offer on February 26th. My camsis has not been updated yet, but I emailed Suzanne Wade to know the academic condition attached to my offer. I am from the Netherlands where a grading scale of 1-10 is used. I am required to obtain an average grade of 8.5/10 for my LLB. This is an impossible condition to fulfil in my situation.

First, when I applied I had an average grade of 7,85/10 and I stated in my application form that I expected to obtain a final 8/10 (cum laude). At the time of applying I had only three exams (one mandatory and two additional) to complete. Obtaining an average grade of 8,5/10 was not only practically but even mathematically impossible. Even with three 10/10 ´s I would not fulfil the condition.

More importantly, at my university obtaining an average grade of 8,5/10 for a Master´s degree would be a quite difficult but still reasonable condition. Our LLB consists of 25 subjects though, and average grades of 8,5 are almost never obtained. I doublechecked this with several professors and the faculty´s administration.
I have just learned that I have indeed obtained my LLB ´cum laude´, which places me approximately in the top 3% of my university. Would not this be the equivalent of a ´first degree´ in the UK?

I have contacted Ms.Wade by email to explain my situation, but I have not received any answer yet. Should I send a formal letter to the Board of Graduate Studies, supported by statements of the Examination Committee of my faculty about my performances?
I would very appreciate any advice from people who are or were in a similar situation ! Many thanks in advance!


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I have the exact same problem and I really doubt if they will even response to my email for this matter as my latest email stating the complication of other matters was not responded yet. However, because your grades are all released, perhaps you can tell them what you have and see if that is sufficient? My grades are not all released yet so I have not made that move. </blockquote>


Hey - I too have the exact same problem! It will take a few miracles to get the average required although it is mathematically possible. It is possible to submit a ranking after everyone has received their diploma this year, but I do not know how far that will go to convince Cambridge. Miss Wade said they would consider grades which are close to the 8.5 (8.4) but my average is made up of several years study so changing it is difficult. In fact my university doest give any official recognition of an average grade above an 8 (cum laude) so i now need to request a special letter from the Board of Examiners explaining the grade as it is not on the diploma - and the Board has never had to do it before so they are still considering if they will grant an explanation in the first place. Does this not suggest that the requirement is slightly rare / unreasonable?
Have any Dutch students heard anything? Thanks for your help.
Regards
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Anneka

Anneka, could you please tell me how you got your offer a week ago? Was it an e-mail or a camsis notification?


Hey Suchette,

I got my offer by e-mail from Ms Wade on Friday 15th. She let me know she would send me another e-mail with further information, so I'm hoping I'll find out the exact conditions soon.

My camsis still says "Papers with Degree Committee"...

<blockquote>Anneka, could you please tell me how you got your offer a week ago? Was it an e-mail or a camsis notification?</blockquote>

Hey Suchette,

I got my offer by e-mail from Ms Wade on Friday 15th. She let me know she would send me another e-mail with further information, so I'm hoping I'll find out the exact conditions soon.

My camsis still says "Papers with Degree Committee"...

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suchette

Thank you, Anneka. So, she hasn't sent you the second e-mail yet, has she?

Thank you, Anneka. So, she hasn't sent you the second e-mail yet, has she?
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Anneka

Thank you, Anneka. So, she hasn't sent you the second e-mail yet, has she?


No, she hasn't (though she said she would get back to me this week; guess they're really busy at the moment).
Dying to find out about the conditions...

Good luck to you!

<blockquote>Thank you, Anneka. So, she hasn't sent you the second e-mail yet, has she?</blockquote>

No, she hasn't (though she said she would get back to me this week; guess they're really busy at the moment).
Dying to find out about the conditions...

Good luck to you!
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suchette

Thank you, Anneka :)

By the way, I think it's Easter in UK today, so it's highly unlikely that we get our offers/rejections tonight...

Thank you, Anneka :)

By the way, I think it's Easter in UK today, so it's highly unlikely that we get our offers/rejections tonight...
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Acorn67

Has anyone heard anything more from Cambridge?

Has anyone heard anything more from Cambridge?
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jones49

Yes, finally my status has changed to "seeking college membership"

Yes, finally my status has changed to "seeking college membership"
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Goodhope

Same here. My status has finally changed to "seeking college membership".

Same here. My status has finally changed to "seeking college membership".
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Only one word could describe this thread and that's "obsessive". If I were the ubiquitous Ms Wade, I would find it very difficult to remain patient, especially in the period between February-April every year. So, even though I have never met you Ms Wade, congratulations on your capacity for "grace under pressure".

Against this, however, I'm no longer young and I have never studied in Cambridge. So, although "youth is [sometimes] wasted on the young", I can understand the collective "magnificent obsession" which fuels this particular thread.

Only one word could describe this thread and that's "obsessive". If I were the ubiquitous Ms Wade, I would find it very difficult to remain patient, especially in the period between February-April every year. So, even though I have never met you Ms Wade, congratulations on your capacity for "grace under pressure".

Against this, however, I'm no longer young and I have never studied in Cambridge. So, although "youth is [sometimes] wasted on the young", I can understand the collective "magnificent obsession" which fuels this particular thread.
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flowergirl

Only one word could describe this thread and that's "obsessive". If I were the ubiquitous Ms Wade, I would find it very difficult to remain patient, especially in the period between February-April every year. So, even though I have never met you Ms Wade, congratulations on your capacity for "grace under pressure".

Against this, however, I'm no longer young and I have never studied in Cambridge. So, although "youth is [sometimes] wasted on the young", I can understand the collective "magnificent obsession" which fuels this particular thread.


Hi Trinity Insignia,
After reading your second paragraph, I don't understand your meaning. Would you kindly explain it. I apologize ahead of time as English is not my first language.

<blockquote>Only one word could describe this thread and that's "obsessive". If I were the ubiquitous Ms Wade, I would find it very difficult to remain patient, especially in the period between February-April every year. So, even though I have never met you Ms Wade, congratulations on your capacity for "grace under pressure".

Against this, however, I'm no longer young and I have never studied in Cambridge. So, although "youth is [sometimes] wasted on the young", I can understand the collective "magnificent obsession" which fuels this particular thread.</blockquote>

Hi Trinity Insignia,
After reading your second paragraph, I don't understand your meaning. Would you kindly explain it. I apologize ahead of time as English is not my first language.
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I suppose, what I'm saying, is that, as you get older in life, you are happy to wait for decisions (instead of trying to speed them up). But, when you are younger, you are much hungrier for information (summed up in the phrase "I want it now.") Also, the LL.M. at Cambridge is a glittering prize (to borrow the phrase used in the Raphael novewl of the same name) and I can understand why applicants for this course are so anxious to receive instant decisions on their applications. In essence, the stakes are so high that they fuel threads such as this one.

I suppose, what I'm saying, is that, as you get older in life, you are happy to wait for decisions (instead of trying to speed them up). But, when you are younger, you are much hungrier for information (summed up in the phrase "I want it now.") Also, the LL.M. at Cambridge is a glittering prize (to borrow the phrase used in the Raphael novewl of the same name) and I can understand why applicants for this course are so anxious to receive instant decisions on their applications. In essence, the stakes are so high that they fuel threads such as this one.
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suchette

Trinity Insignia, I do appreciate your point of view but don't forget that we want to get our final decisions so desperately not just because of our youth. The truth is that so many things depend on this decision at the moment (tuition fees, visas, IELTS exam, to accept or not other colleges' offers etc.)

Trinity Insignia, I do appreciate your point of view but don't forget that we want to get our final decisions so desperately not just because of our youth. The truth is that so many things depend on this decision at the moment (tuition fees, visas, IELTS exam, to accept or not other colleges' offers etc.)
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You make a very valid point, suchette.

You make a very valid point, suchette.
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buba

hahah, trinity, you've made my day man. i really ought to be much more patient. I have only been waiting for 6 moths (+2 as i applied before the deadline) for that decision, and my status is as unmoved as it was early in september when i applied. On the phone they no NOTHING and tell me to wait. 15th also passed as nothing had happend. oxford can process the thing 2 in months (and they get more applications) and send you a nice scanned letter via email. ALL other universities take max 6-12! HARVARD, YALE and STANFORD are quicker!!!!!!!!!

So please, be kind and shove your comments where you should.

hahah, trinity, you've made my day man. i really ought to be much more patient. I have only been waiting for 6 moths (+2 as i applied before the deadline) for that decision, and my status is as unmoved as it was early in september when i applied. On the phone they no NOTHING and tell me to wait. 15th also passed as nothing had happend. oxford can process the thing 2 in months (and they get more applications) and send you a nice scanned letter via email. ALL other universities take max 6-12! HARVARD, YALE and STANFORD are quicker!!!!!!!!!

So please, be kind and shove your comments where you should.
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So Oxford gave you a negative response, buba? Otherwise, I can't imagine why you would still be waiting to get into Cambridge. Seriously though, I can understand why your e-mail is seething with rage and frustration. But perhaps best to address all the pent up emotion to the Cambridge Admission Authorities by registered letter (copy to the Chancellor of the University, also by registered post) instead of venting your spleen on me.

So Oxford gave you a negative response, buba? Otherwise, I can't imagine why you would still be waiting to get into Cambridge. Seriously though, I can understand why your e-mail is seething with rage and frustration. But perhaps best to address all the pent up emotion to the Cambridge Admission Authorities by registered letter (copy to the Chancellor of the University, also by registered post) instead of venting your spleen on me.
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flowergirl

Trinity Insignia, I do appreciate your point of view but don't forget that we want to get our final decisions so desperately not just because of our youth. The truth is that so many things depend on this decision at the moment (tuition fees, visas, IELTS exam, to accept or not other colleges' offers etc.)
Yes. I want to second you on this. I had to pay a deposit in the amount that is a large sum of money to me. In fact, I am going to have to pay another deposit of the amount that equals to an executive's salary soon because I still have not received the formal letter confirming the offer. Now that I understand trinity insignia's meaning, I would like to explain why I am impatient. I do not blame Cambridge and also apporeciate Mrs. Wade but I think I (and many people) are in the kind of situations that make us feel anxious.

<blockquote>Trinity Insignia, I do appreciate your point of view but don't forget that we want to get our final decisions so desperately not just because of our youth. The truth is that so many things depend on this decision at the moment (tuition fees, visas, IELTS exam, to accept or not other colleges' offers etc.)</blockquote> Yes. I want to second you on this. I had to pay a deposit in the amount that is a large sum of money to me. In fact, I am going to have to pay another deposit of the amount that equals to an executive's salary soon because I still have not received the formal letter confirming the offer. Now that I understand trinity insignia's meaning, I would like to explain why I am impatient. I do not blame Cambridge and also apporeciate Mrs. Wade but I think I (and many people) are in the kind of situations that make us feel anxious.
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