What I’m really thinking: the Oxbridge admissions tutor
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Within seconds of you entering the room for your interview, I can tell where you come from. You are awkward and bewildered, desperate to please. In contrast, some of you have been prepared for this moment all of your lives. Your sense of entitlement emanates from the easy way in which you inhabit the space, your scruffy hair and practised handshake. I think: class privilege is alive and kicking in this room.
My job is to penetrate the layers of social conditioning and discover what you’d be like to teach. Some of you can make it harder for me by bursting into tears, or forgetting why you want to study my subject. You may not stand out, so I scribble notes to trigger my memory: “red jumper”, or “very religious”. But some of you stay with me years later – a candidate from a failing school, simmering with hostility, who magically transformed when given the chance to talk about something he’d enjoyed reading. Four years later, he left with a first. Raw talent and hunger for knowledge are, usually, not that difficult to spot.Continue reading...
December 17, 2014