Yeah, congrats to the OP. Just to echo this post, I'm sure you're aware that the British system is very different from the American one--and if you got in, I'm sure you can handle it. Keep in mind that ugrad there is only 3 years, so taking a year to do post-bac/premed courses isn't going to hurt you in the time length category.IlianaSedai said:karmon,
I think your chances of getting into an American medical school are probably equally good whether you attend Harvard or whether you go to Oxford. It is possible to go to Oxford and then apply to med school in the US, if you plan carefully and give yourself enough time to fulfill the pre-medical requirements and take the MCAT. Definitely explore how you might be able to do this through the Oxford route. Oxford may not offer your pre-med classes. Most European students take their "pre-med" organic chem, physics, etc type requirements as A-levels. It might turn out to actually be easier to do a 1-year postbac course in the US OR stay on to a 1-year masters in science (at Oxford? hey, why not?) than to try to take the pre-med courses at Oxford, especially since the grading systems are very different.
However, that's no reason to turn down Oxford if you want to go there -- your medical school interviewers will take your word for it if you just told them you made these choices in order to make it possible for you to attend Oxford. It's a great university.
Note that whatever course you are on at Oxford might not allow you as much time to fulfill standard American pre-med requirements as Harvard would... but also note that MANY med school applicants enter med school a year after they graduated. So you wouldn't really be at any significant disadvantage compared to others.
If you are looking to enter an American med school, you can still do Oxford -- albeit with a bit of sacrifice and extra legwork -- but I would think the extra work to be well worth it. If you did even a general studies course at Oxford, no medical school interviewer is going to complain that you didn't go to Harvard. ;-)
ooh congrats! that is quite an honor to land!GraC_undr_PrsR said:I may be a bit biased here, but -- go to Oxford! I'm going to be studying there for post-graduate and I visited in March -- amazing place. I think it'd be a life-changing experience. Then again, I went to a small liberal arts college and then decided to go to oxford -- on the aforementioned elite scholarship.
I think that's pretty true actually. Students are given a lot of independence--both in forming service organizations and in most other aspects of their lives.CrazyCarl said:Now I don't have any direct experience with UK universities, but I think you may have to work harder to get service experience at Oxford. I've heard that student service organizations are nowhere near as well established in UK universities as they are in the states. Harvard in particular would probably provide many more opportunities.
But this is all hearsay...maybe I heard wrong.
Weather-wise, they're about the same, except that Massachusetts weather can freeze more deeply and snow more heavily and more often. I think Cambridge Mass is more "extreme" than Oxford in terms of temperature, and New England definitely gets more snow than the original England.Newquagmire said:I'm unfamiliar with the winters in the NE, but I can tell you for a fact that the winters in England are HORRIBLE and will make you want to go into hibernation.
Is it overcast 95% of the winter in the NE too? 'Winter' being November through February, inclusive. Unless you're used to it being pitch black at 3:30 PM, your psyche [and circadian clock] is going to get toyed with in England.IlianaSedai said:Weather-wise, they're about the same, except that Massachusetts weather can freeze more deeply and snow more heavily and more often. I think Cambridge Mass is more "extreme" than Oxford in terms of temperature, and New England definitely gets more snow than the original England.
However, most of England is much further north, which means that daylight hours are very short in the winter. So it can seem gloomy.
As a tribute to today's absolutely spanktabulous weather, I feel like I should mention the other side of the coin. The summers in England are amazing, albeit a little chilly for my taste. The sun rises ~4 AM and sets ~11 PM. No joke.Newquagmire said:Is it overcast 95% of the winter in the NE too? 'Winter' being November through February, inclusive. Unless you're used to it being pitch black at 3:30 PM, your psyche [and circadian clock] is going to get toyed with in England.