3 May
2021

Oxford interview questions released

first_imgOxford has released its annual offering of sample interview questions in an attempt to demystify the application process for prospective students.The sample questions were revealed on the Tuesday 15 October, the same day as the UCAS deadline for those applying to study at the University of Oxford in the next academic year.Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Oxford, Mike Nicolson, says, “There are many myths surrounding Oxford interviews, and they can be the most anxiety-provoking part of the Oxford application process for students.“We want to show what it’s really like having an admissions interview at Oxford, as they are such a unique and important part of our admissions process.”One question provided by Dave Leal, a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics tutor at Brasenose College, asks students to distinguish between the meanings of ‘lie’, ‘deceive’, and ‘mislead’.Leal states that, “Questions of this sort help us to test a candidate’s capacity to draw nuanced distinctions between concepts, and to revise and challenge their own first moves in the light of different sentences containing the key words. Discussion may well lead into areas which could crop up during a degree in philosophy, including questions in ethics, the philosophy of mind and of language. It’s not, though, a test of ‘philosophical knowledge’”.Maria Coyle, Press Officer for the university, says, “We want to try to show potential candidates what the process is like so they aren’t put off by what they might have heard. “Every effort is made to ensure that all applicants, whatever their age, social or educational background, are given an equal chance to demonstrate their academic potential. The interview is only one part of the Oxford admissions process, but for many students it is the part that makes them the most anxious.”Current students recalling their interview experiences had mixed responses.One second year physicist recalls his interviewer waving a CD in front of a lamp, before asking him, “What do you see?” Other memorable interview topics included the discussion of a piece of metal for Material Science, and the questioning of whether ‘The Waste Land’ is a moral poem for English.However, students also remember that most interviews were almost entirely subject-based, often using pieces of text or problems as prompts, and some reported that their interviews were indeed very similar to their current tutorials.last_img read more

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30 Dec
2020

Bees!

first_imgWatch out for the bees. It’s that time of year when the yellow jackets are in full force, frisky in the cool air, desperate in their final weeks of life, looking for a way to be remembered.So many of us have stories involving mountain bikes, yellow jackets, blood-curdling screams, and brutal stings followed by Benadryl slumbers.One fine fall day I was chasing two friends down Bennett Gap when at the top of the descent, through a very rocky and steep section, the bees attacked me, mad because the boys ahead of me rode over their nest and kept going. By the time the bees realized how mad they were about this disturbance, I happened to be bouncing my way down the hill after said boys. The bees, who didn’t have my same desire for chasing boys, decided instead to end their lives after jamming their stingers into ME.At first I tried to hold onto the bike and just go faster. That lasted for two seconds before I realized that I needed both hands to clear my skin surface of the mad insects. They seemed to be everywhere, including inside of my helmet, where they had the nerve to be even more mad than the ones merely stinging my legs. I jumped from my bike and tossed it down the hill in the direction I was headed so that I could run and swat simultaneously. Unfortunately I was unable to throw the bike very far, and soon surpassed it in my freakish downhill flight in cleats and spandex. I screamed to let the guys know I was being held back, but my words were not even coherent to my own ears.“Bees!” I screamed, “Bees! Don’t come back for me!”I didn’t want them getting stung, too. I continued staggering down the hill screaming and swatting when Jon came back only for me to yell for him to run away, run away! I flung my buzzing helmet down the hill and beat myself in the head as the bees trapped themselves into my thick, sweaty hair. Despite my warnings, he bravely entered the vicious swarm and helped me whack at bees, shouting for me to take off my shirt, which made me laugh, even though there really were bees inside of it.We managed to drop the swarm and collapsed onto a rock to inspect the damage as angry red welts immediately rose from my skin. I dreaded having to go back to retrieve my bike. I was feeling a little light-headed and couldn’t decide if it was from the adrenalin rush, stripping in the forest, or the histamines coursing through my veins. 1 2last_img read more

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20 Dec
2020

Ministers from Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru Plan Anti-Drug Meeting

first_img Ministers from Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru are planning to meet in order to coordinate tasks in the fight against drug trafficking, organized crime, and money laundering, an official source said in La Paz. “The initiative was put forward to hold a trilateral meeting among the Brazilian justice minister, the Peruvian interior minister, and the Bolivian interior minister in order to coordinate a joint fight against illicit activities,” the Bolivian interior minister, Sacha Llorenti, announced. Llorenti, who has primary responsibility for the fight against drugs in the Bolivian government, said that “it is important that this trilateral meeting come to pass, in order to coordinate activities in the area of interdicting drug trafficking and in order to improve the exchange of information among the anti-drug forces of the three countries.” The interior minister, quoted by the government news agency ABI, indicated that there is not yet a specific date for the meeting, because coordination is in process. Llorenti was in Brazil at the end of November, when he met with the Brazilian justice minister, Luiz Paulo Barreto, in a first approach to coordinating the fight against drugs, amid a strong Brazilian police and military offensive to occupy slums controlled by drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro. Barreto even proposed a South American strategy against drugs. Brazil has indicated several times that drugs produced in Bolivia reach its territory, while La Paz affirms that part of the cocaine is of Peruvian origin. By Dialogo December 08, 2010last_img read more

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