Posts tagged STEM
Wojciech's Story

How did you decide to apply to Oxford? 

Oxford seemed to be an excellent choice from many perspectives - it ran a great engineering department, seemed to have a very enjoyable atmosphere and was accessible financially.

How did you find the application process? 

The interviews were challenging, but fun. Definitely prepare for them! Know your proofs and the standard formulae. It's not imperative that you know those to succeed, but it definitely helps. Studying in the UK has been amazing, eye opening and challenging in so many different ways, including in non-academic ways.

- Wojciech from Poland, studying Engineering and Computer Science at Oxford

Weiheng's Story

Why did you decide to study at LSE and how have you found it? 

The economics course at the LSE is world-leading. A few key factors played into my decision to go there.

Firstly, the opportunity to study there would be academically challenging and the opportunities to work with high-caliber individuals from the student population and the teaching body is valuable. Next, the LSE brand name is a plus point for employers, especially in the financial sector which I am interested in. Another important reason for going to the LSE is that the international environment and experience will prepare me well for an international career, but that takes effort on the individual's part.

With regard to applying and getting in, it goes without saying that the LSE is a highly competitive school. However, preparing in advance can help significantly. Working hard for good grades are a given, but emphasis should also be placed on extracurricular activities and the ability to write and present oneself. Those are key skills to communicate your talents and competencies effectively during the application process. Speaking to teachers or seniors can also help, especially those who have studied abroad before or specifically at the school or course you are interested in.

Finally, studying abroad has been both what I expected and did not expect. The international experience and personal freedom belong to the former, while the actual lack of time to travel and enjoy the city belongs to the latter. Getting in is only the first part, working hard to achieve in the areas of academics, careers and extracurriculars such as clubs and societies is the next big challenge. Good luck!

- Weiheng from Singapore, studying Economics at LSE

Kaushik's Story

How did you decide what you were going to study at university? 

I was interested in studying Operations Research, and there are only a handful of colleges in the US that offer such a major. Cornell was one of these, with a well-known department. After doing some research, I figured out that it was one of the more popular engineering majors there, with this high demand probably meaning that the quality of instruction was of standard. So I applied to Cornell. The application includes an essay where you write about your passion for engineering. I wrote about some Operations Research related ideas I had that could be implemented to make city transport and urban life more efficient. After entering Cornell, I was required to take a few Computer Science courses as part of the engineering curriculum. Through taking these courses, I realised that I also had a passion for Computer Science, and decided to expand my interests in that direction, eventually majoring in both Operations Research and Computer Science.

- Kaushik from Singapore, studying Engineering at Cornell

Małgorzata's Story

What did you think was the most confusing part of the Oxford application process? 

Interviews. There are far too many resources that will mention something like "Tell me about a banana". I have never heard of anyone who got interview questions like this. Most of the time you will be asked questions related only to the subject you want to study. Sometimes the question will be abstract, because they want to see the way you think. This is why it is important to show them your thought process. Don't be stressed. Most tutors will do everything for you to feel relaxed, it is not in their interest to stress you, they want to see the best in you. If you don't understand something - ask questions. Is there anything you always wanted to know? Interview is the time when you can ask one of the world's best professors in this field. Use this time.

- Małgorzata from Poland, studying Biochemistry at Oxford