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How do you survive University interviews?

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IThinkThat Wed 18-Dec-13 01:21:21

Are both DTS's applying for medicine? If so you have my deepest sympathy. You have all the stress of a medicine applicants DM , X2, plus the added worry of what happens if one gets in and not the other.

At least your DTS1 already has an interview some candidates have to wait months until they hear anything. It's madness!

I am usually a calm, hands off Mum but I was so nervous as my DS didn't have a plan B. He didn't even apply for a non medicine course as a fifth choice - not through arrogance but because he just didn't know what he would do if he didn't get in.

I was also stressed out about DS2, he applied for high tariff courses (A,A,A*) but was quite borderline on his grades. I admired his confidence but felt he was taking a bit of a risk. It was fine in the end but only because his Uni was flexible. I suspect he wouldn't have got a spot in a different year.

I don't know what you can do to minimise the stress other than try to accept that it should be their stress not yours. I tried to distance myself from it and leave the DC to deal with it. Thankfully, they never realised how worried I was. I think I must be a good actor.

Good luck to your DS's. ( and for you too )

Mumziwumzi Tue 17-Dec-13 22:58:17

I know just what you mean. Son 1 presently undergoing interviews and I am trying to contain my anxiety. Hubby says I am rubbish at dealing with uncertainty but I have a visceral concern that Son 1 was insufficiently prepared and will sit there monosyllabic and not present himself well. It is entirely possible that he'll be fine but he is a closed-book. It is so hard for parents to stand idly by!

pippop1 Tue 10-Dec-13 13:44:46

I think you will find advice on the website "The Student Room".

yinandyang Tue 10-Dec-13 11:20:06

There is that advantage but the stress is killing me! and don't even mention August 2014. I think I will need Valium on results day.

SatinSandals Mon 09-Dec-13 21:25:43

At least you get it all over in one year!

yinandyang Mon 09-Dec-13 11:08:12

Well first ever post but been a 'reader' for 2 years.

DTS1 is currently in his first Medical school interview and 6 hours away.
I am supposed to be working but am pacing around the office trying not to watch the clock.
Any advice on how I, and DH, will survive the next few months with both DTS1 and DTS2 having interviews?

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