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bad idea? advice? drill.
why not just do it through ucas?
to every actual university, then bad idea, impossible idea.Unless you want to go to a HE college type place....
the referal from the school/college, so it's not exactly independently...
I went to uni after working for years and was never asked for any college or school referals.
the year after leaving, it's going to look like you're giding stuff if you don't have an academic reference. A reference from a standard work when you haven't been there long isn't going to do you any favours...
and good point
and i think all of them you can go via ucas anyway. ucas is very laborious but there doesnt seem to be much worth in not going through it...
on a gap year / out of education in a year's time. but still through ucas.
should've made that clearer. clearer as it made no sense.
Kinda late for these thoughts, no...?
I mean, I assume you want to go "travelling" or something on your gap year.... would be difficult to manage that as well handling UCAS / interviews etc?? Seems kinda strange to not do it now.
as it takes up their time looking at applicants for this year. A lot prefer you to apply in the year you are going to attend
If he intends to go abroad during his gap year, which would presumably be towards the end of it, it could make the application process pretty difficult. If he's not, then it's not an issue, I just kinda assumed he would be.
i guess you're gonna have to go back to get a reference and all that at some point
but a lot of people i know who did that 'coincedentally' got rejected or didnt get in to their unis. Just dont apply now and apply next september seems to be the best option for this?
after being accepted....
and considering applications have be sorted really really soon i'm having a bit of panic about it. well cool, me.
i think if i was to do it next year it'd be going back to sixth form and collecting references, etc. but it'd be largely independently and i don't think college would really be involved at all.
it'd give me more time to think but then again next year i've got no idea what i'll be doing / where i'll be / etc.
Take the time and stew on it. Going to and you choice of university is a massive decision, take the time you need to make the right choice.
I'd say apply next year and keep friendly with whatever teacher you want a reference off of.
My best mate from school was far more academic than I was but it took her 5 years to decide what to do and it was no issue.
You just go back to your school when you're ready and find the teachers that liked you and get them to sort out your reference.
then just, you know, see what happens, and if you don't reckon you want to when it comes to the end of next summer, just not go?
Like, if you have a vague idea, just slap together an application and send it off. Not like you've lost anything and you can always do it over again completely next year. You have no obligation to the system whatsoever.
And we don't give a shit. So long as you meet the requirements, that'll do.
Don't go on about the smiling children of Ghana and how you 'threw away the guidebook' on your return.
How much do you laugh at all the people who took up some kind of noble voluntary work the summer before applying? And seem to think it's totally a big deal. When I was at college, -everyone- did this. As if putting in 5 hours a week at Oxfam book shop isn't totally transparent. Urgh, I hate studenyts so much...
I don't get it myself but they're actually like that.
I remember being in town with my friends and them forcing me into any and every kind of place that lets you volunteer. And every time we went in you could see the people there were like "Oh God... not more of them..."
I'm not talking a handful of people here. When I started A2 year it was like a massive battle of who was volunteering the most. It was kinda amusing/depressing to watch.
Thanks. I'm here all week.
whereas your school will often pay it for you. Are you at school still, or post-A Levels? Either way, you need a reference from your school.
i'd have to pay if i was to apply now, so money's no issue
and i did a non art course, it was pure chemistry. They were fine about it, but only cos I had my a levels in the bag so they could make a decision straight away. My a levels were terrible lol. Got right in :D
there was much less hassle than it had been fannying about with UCAS the way they make undergrads do it
it was easy! admittedly i didn't have to worry about ucas as i go to an 'art' school, but i think i found it a lot easier than i would have if i had to worry about the scrutiny of teachers etc.
i'd recommend you try and organise a one-on-one visit to the uni with the department head. they'll give you great advice on how to improve your chances and information you might not have got in a big group at a shitty open day.
all you need is personal statement feedback and references. Walk in and talk to teachers. I'm in the process of doing this. I'm massively disorganised though, i'm a bit behind schedule.