The Telegraph is reporting that Oxbridge hopefuls are just as likely to be accepted if they turn up wearing a T-shirt and jeans rather than a smart suit, the director of admissions at Cambridge has said.
Contrary to popular belief potential undergraduates are assessed on what they say rather than the way they look, she said.
Speaking at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) annual gathering in Stratford-upon-Avon, Dr Sam Lucy said: “One of the bits of advice I give to applicants is to pretend you’re already a student, turn up ready to engage and ready to talk. Think of it more like a teaching session, and less like a job interview.”
“And you see people every year who are too cold and are shivering. My advice would be to dress in layers, so that you feel comfortable. If you are comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt, absolutely fine.
“It tends to be a compromise between what you actually feel comfortable in, and what your mother would let you leave the house wearing.”
She said: “There is quite a lot of overthinking of the process and trying to interpret what we’re looking for.”
“We are looking for people who are extremely enthusiastic about the subject they are applying for, and have got the right aptitude and prior knowledge for it. That’s actually all there is to it, it’s not some big secret.”
Do you agree that enthusiasm is more important than what you’re wearing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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