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The anticipation following university interviews can be both exhilarating and challenging. As you eagerly await Oxford and Cambridge offers in the new year, it's crucial to channel your energy productively. Crafting a thoughtful post-interview action plan can not only keep you engaged but also contribute positively to your overall application journey. Let's explore some strategies to make the most of this waiting period.



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Reflect on Your Interviews 

Take a moment to reflect on your interview experiences. Consider the questions asked, your responses, and the overall dynamics of the interviews. Reflecting on your performance can provide valuable insights, helping you identify strengths and areas for improvement in future interactions. Reviewing your performance is a fine balance, however; whilst considering what you did well and how you could improve is useful for your overall academic growth, it’s never good to dwell on the negatives or torture yourself over things that can’t be changed! We recommend keeping a critical but ultimately distant perspective on the interviews, so as to use them productively but not too get stuck in the past!

Distract Yourself Positively

Engage in activities that bring joy and positivity to your life over the winter break to stop yourself agonising over which way the results will come back to you in the new year. Whether it's delving into a favourite hobby, reading a captivating book, or spending quality time with loved ones over the winter break, positive distractions can contribute to a healthy mindset during the waiting period.

Plan for Multiple Scenarios

Consider potential outcomes and plan your next steps accordingly; although you don’t need to have military precision, having a good idea of what you’re going to do in the light of both positive and less positive results can help you handle all eventualities with a level head. If you're fortunate enough to receive multiple offers, think about how you'll approach decision-making, and in the event you don’t receive your dream Oxbridge offer, would you be happy to accept an offer from another excellent institution, or might you like to consider a gap year and reapplication. Consider factors such as program fit, financial considerations, and other relevant aspects so that you can make informed choices swiftly.

Focus on Academic and Personal Development 

Once you’ve exhausted productive review of your interview performance, consider the waiting time a chance to set aside your university applications for a period and focus instead on advancing your academic and personal development. If you’ve got mock exams in the new year, set your sights on revising and performing well in those. Alternatively, you can continue stretching your own academic interests outside of your school courses through research and reading beyond the sources covered in your Personal Statement.

Connect with Future Peers 

Consider exploring online forums or social media groups to connect with other applicants or potential future peers. Building connections with individuals who share similar aspirations can provide valuable support, insights, and a sense of community during this critical stage. If you wish to connect with or stay in contact with other interviewees, do bear in mind that each experience of the interviews, and application process in general, is highly personal and not everyone will have had the same experience as you; don’t compare yourself to others too readily!

Remember, the post-interview period is a stage of transition, and having a well-structured action plan, keeping perspective when looking back on the interview, and taking the opportunity to get ahead on other academic work, can help you navigate it with purpose. Stay positive, remain engaged, and know that your efforts during this period contribute to your overall academic journey.

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