Applying for Uni 2019 entry, parents support thread

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Decorhate Sun 09-Sep-18 09:51:51

Now that they are back at school, working on Personal Statements, doing the final Open Day visits, I thought we could do with a new thread...

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LittleSpace Sun 09-Sep-18 10:23:50

Youngest child applying this year. Here I am again but this time I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Decorhate Sun 09-Sep-18 10:34:05

Second child here. I feel like we are going to a lot more Open Days this time round. Still 2/3 to do.

All the ones he likes so far have the highest entry requirements. He needs a couple that are more realistic achievable.

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ChairinSage Sun 09-Sep-18 10:38:48

First child here. She had a bit of a confidence crisis in June after her mocks and refused to go to any open days. After a summer to reflect on it, she's decided she wants to go so we're playing catch up... looking at either civil engineering or aerospace engineering so she's going to look at degree apprenticeships too.

errorofjudgement Sun 09-Sep-18 10:41:01

Grey to have a new thread, we’re taking DD back to school today, and in addition the usual rubbish, sorry I mean very important things that fill the car to bursting point, are half a dozen new plays she needs to read for audition monologues.

Decorhate Sun 09-Sep-18 11:12:47

Chairinsage Ds is applying for Civil Engineering. Was talking to an admissions tutor yesterday (at a RG uni) & they said it's not usually an oversubscribed subject so if their predicted grades meet their standard offer they would make them an offer without looking at the personal statement. Which helps a bit. I think Ds's predicted grades will be ok but I am worried he will not actually achieve them...

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VanCleefArpels Sun 09-Sep-18 11:12:55

Hello error - I think we were on a thread for our older children just about to go into third year (under a different name for me!)

Yes we have started doing the rounds - the next few weekends booked up, luckily for me no duplicates as that would be excessively boring.

Personal statement possibly less drama than last time with excellent feedback from the first draft so I’m hoping that can be put to bed soon as this is a coursework heavy term for DD


VanCleefArpels Sun 09-Sep-18 11:15:23

decorhate my older DS got offers within 24 hours of submitting his UCAS form 3 years ago - you can’t tell me any human actually read the PS! I’ve tried to play down any angst about PS with my younger one on this basis..

Witchend Sun 09-Sep-18 11:28:26

Hello all.
This is getting very scary for all. Good luck to all our children. May they get realistic offers for their favourite place and get the grades!

LittleSpace Sun 09-Sep-18 11:29:57

ds has only been to one open day and he has one more lined up. He saw lots of universities when youngest dd applied as he tagged along.

He will probably go to the Offer days (if he gets any) instead.

ChairinSage Sun 09-Sep-18 11:38:18

That's reassuring, Decorahate, thank you! We're a bit late to the party so playing catch up with what needs to be done.

MrsBartlet Sun 09-Sep-18 11:41:26

Second (and final) child for me. We have now done 4 open days including UEA yesterday. UEA would be a good insurance for him as they give a standard BBB offer.

Like you said Decorhate I feel like we are doing more open days this time round but then DD knew exactly what she wanted to do and where she wanted to go. The process has been more useful with ds as we have been to more talks/lectures and it has changed his ideas about what he wants to do. We are now looking mainly at straight politics and we started with him looking at American Studies!

VanCleefArpels Sun 09-Sep-18 11:41:28

I agree offer days very useful - DS did not go to Open Day of his Uni —because he put it on the list at the last minute— but after offer day he firmed and is having a ball!

LIZS Sun 09-Sep-18 11:57:48

Second time round here too - dc1 also into third year. Dd has an internal deadline of next Friday for her ps which is way too long atm.

Decorhate Sun 09-Sep-18 12:12:16

Waves to MrsB

I think we were on similar threads with our eldest!

PS was more important for dd last time as she was applying for medicine. But it mattered less where she applied as she was going to be grateful for a place anywhere.

Ds is less confident so it is important he feels comfortable where he ends up going.

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MrsBartlet Sun 09-Sep-18 12:16:41

Waving back at you Decorhate! My ds is so much more laid back than my dd. He is very easily pleased and much less fussy than her so this has all been fairly easy. What will be more tricky will be getting him to knuckle down and do any work grin

FrameyMcFrame Sun 09-Sep-18 12:46:12

Hi can I join you?
I'm feeling very overwhelmed with it all at the moment, DD very borderline with her predicted grades. We went to Leeds yesterday and I liked it but DD not keen. We have Glasgow and Manchester coming up. She not even sure what courses she wants to do yet. sad

Decorhate Sun 09-Sep-18 13:04:33

Welcome Framey! The key thing at present seems to be getting the predicted grades to match what you need. Some schools are more accommodating than others...

It seems like a bit of a game tbh. Unless they are applying to a very oversubscribed course, once they have an offer it is more likely the uni will accept a dropped grade (or two) on results day.

I am not getting too caught up on league tables etc with ds. He will probably only apply to ones in the top 20 for his subject but I know there are plenty of other places that would work out fine through clearing if necessary

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glitterbiscuits Sun 09-Sep-18 14:22:27

My DS is thinking about Geography. We are off to Cardiff Open day next weekend

eatinglesschocolate Sun 09-Sep-18 14:27:04

DD just saw pics online of friend in year above who's off to St A's. 'Thought she was at St A's but it looks like she's in The Handmaid's Tale!' I have explained about the gowns now and the Sunday walk....hmm She has now announced its off her list! She's fed up of traditions i think grin

AtiaoftheJulii Sun 09-Sep-18 14:47:45

Hello to familiar names and new. Third time round for me (one more still to go). Ds very laidback about the whole process, I'd love to be chatting about things in more detail with him! He has a favourite, and seems to think the other choices don't salt matter grin

AtiaoftheJulii Sun 09-Sep-18 14:48:08

Don't REALLY matter!

minesawine Sun 09-Sep-18 16:38:49

Hello. Its been a while. My DS still doesn't know what he wants to do post-year13 but is now saying he wants to do a degree apprenticeship, but wants to keep his options open, although he still has no idea of what course, work area etc. he wants to go into. He changes his mind weekly. I am finding his lack of decision making really frustrating. Am I being a bitch or should I be pushing him to make a decision. I am also thinking that maybe he should take a year off after his exams and think about what he wants to do, less pressure on him.

sergeantmajormum Sun 09-Sep-18 16:44:33

Hello all
I too recognise many names from years of MN lurking. DC1 going into 3rd year, DC2 applying for medicine so early deadline; open days all done, just got to get the shortlist down to 4 and finish the PS, and then we wait. Hopefully we can all get some support on here.

SauvignonBlanche Sun 09-Sep-18 16:45:30

Second time round for me so am finding DD’s neuroticism quite wearing. Having been dragged to a few Open Days she’s now completely changed her mind after a week’s volunteering with disabled children and now wants to do Child Nursing. I hope that doesn’t mean more bloody Open Days!?

Have helped proof read her PS which I’m sure she’ll re-draft a thousand times. hmm

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