I was rejected post-interview. However, I don’t feel regretful. I’m not even inclined to think of myself as failure, which I know I’m not just because I wasn’t given an offer. I did well at most of my interviews, they were interesting, they were fun. The people I met at the interviews were some of the most wonderful, intelligent people I know, and everyone of them would have deserved a place at Oxford.
I’m proud of myself for even applying to Oxford, for risking rejection. I tend to minimise failure, rather than maximising success, a feature I very much dislike in myself. Lately that has been changing. I’ve been changing. I decided to risk falling in love with Oxford only to be refused a place there. As a non-native English speaker, a female, and a person who wrote in my personal statement for PPE “I do not know anything formal about economics”, I’m quite proud of how far I got. And most importantly, I’m glad for the experience. I’ll never forget my interview with Oxford, because it taught me to dare try things. I gained much more than I ever hoped when I decided to apply. 16 months ago