Tuesday, 23 June 2009

I am so excited....and I just can't hide it.....



I have just heard back from UCAS about my university applications

I've got two unconditional offers.....UNCONDITIONAL!!!


One to study Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University


One to study Community Sector Management at London Metropolitan University


Now I just have to decide which one is going to be the best course to get me where I want to be!! What a bloody brilliant position to be in!!

*goes off grinning like a loon*


Ann said...

So happy for you Carol, what a delcious postion to be in, sort of like waiting for a bus he he!!.

Wonderful news, just wonderful.

How is it up there, is it lovely, are the clouds beautiful, when you come back down, you can tell us all about it.

JJ Beattie said...

I never doubted it for one minute! Absolutely brilliant news. Congratulations. JJx

Lane said...

Sooooo great Carol. I can see your happy dance from here! Well done you!xx

Carol said...

Ann - I just can't believe it!! It's taken them so long to come back to me that I was convinced I wasn't going to get any offers!!

I promise I will tell you all about it when I come down...but I feel that I have to warn you...I may be up there a while *she says with a big cheesy grin*

JJ - Awww, thanks hon!! I doubted it!! When I got the e-mail to say that the status of my application had changed my heart sank and I thought I was going to be sick...was absolutely convinced that there was going to be two Unsuccessful's!! I couldn't believe it when I saw the unconditional's....phoned Chris and squealed at him (his ears may never be the same again!!)

C x

Carol said...

Lane - You sneaked in there :-)

Hehehe, you are absolutely right....I did do a happy dance...right in the middle of the living room!! (god I hope the neighbours didn't see me....ah what the hell....who cares if they did....woooo hooooo!!!)

C x

cheshire wife said...

Congratulations! I am so pleased for you. But what a decision to have to make. Part of me envies you, but part of me doesn't.

Mark said...

Well done Carol. I'd love to go back to Uni.

Now paint that excitement - yes, I said NOW! Go on, try. Then see which one you chose


Carol said...

Cheshire Wife - I really am over the moon!! It's not going to be an easy decision but at the moment I am leaning more towards the anthropology course....the uni has a very good reputation in that field!! It's going to be a tough one (I suspect I will change my mind umpteen times before I make the final decision!!)

Mark - Competition for jobs in the charity sector is incredibly tough and, even with all the experience I have, I know I don't stand a chance without a related degree!! (I wouldn't even be able to consider it without Chris's support so I know just how lucky I am)

LOL, I shall have a go (but it is going to have to wait till tomorrow...barbecue and fizzy stuff is calling!!)

C x

SueG said...

What fantastic, exciting and wonderful news!!! I'm so happy for you. Can't wait to hear what you decide. I know it will be terrific, and either place would be lucky to get you! xo

Debs said...

Woohoo, well done you. How thrilling to have such a brilliant choice.

Many congratulations. x

HelenMHunt said...

Well done. I think you'll have a fab time whichever one you choose, but as an Anthropology graduate myself I can't be expected to be impartial!

Lindsay said...


DJ Kirkby said...

I can't leave a comment for the 2nd day in a row, grrrrrrrrrrr

DJ Kirkby said...

Ohhhh very funny, now it lets me leave a comment, not the nice comment but that one! Anyway, I wanted to say well done honey! Whichever course you decide on will be THEIR gain!

Caroline said...

Woo hoo! Well done you!

Carol said...

Sue - Awwww, that's a lovely thing to say...Thanks hon :-). I am still ridiculously excited and I still don't have a clue which one to choose!!

Debs - Thanks hon!! I still can't quite believe it!!

Helen - LOL, your saying Anthropology because that's what you studied and my mate Tom is saying chose the one in London because that would mean I would spend a couple of nights a week with him!! (He was matron of honour at our wedding and has already told me that my rent would be a bottle of wine a night :-D)

Lindsay - Yay!!! *grins*

DJ - LOL...always the way eh!! Thanks honey that is a lovely thing to say :-D

Caroline - I'm doing my 'happy wiggle in seat' as I type!!

C x

Suburbia said...


To someone who knows nothing about either subject, where is it that you want to be? (I have only just found you, I'm sure it says here some where!) They seem to me to be very diverse subjects?

French Fancy said...

Oh Carol - this is such good news. As someone who used to select the graduates for training contracts where I used to work I can't say I know much about either college - I Wiki'd both of them and this might help you make up your mind:

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, London Metropolitan was ranked equal 107th out of 132 institutions by the Times Higher Education's RAE league table.[29]

Oxford Brookes has been named as the leading modern university in the UK four years running from 1996 to 1999, [4] and 7 times in the first 10 years of the Sunday Times annual ratings. [4][35] .

I'd plump for Anthropology with Oxford Brookes (It's the old Oxford Poly)

good luck with the decision

Carol said...

Suburbia - Thank you *grins*.

Where I want to be? Blimey, that's not easy to sum up....erm, I want to get myself into a position of power within the charity sector so I can influence, not just how things are done, but what decision are made and how they are made. I have seen first hand the impact that bad, ill-informed decisions can have on people's lives and want to try and put a stop to it.

French Fancy - Awww hon, thank you so so much for looking into that for me!! You are an absolute star!!

At the moment my gut instinct is saying Oxford Brookes but I'm going to be sensible and get as much information as I can about both before I make a final decision.

I've already visited Oxford Brookes (went to an open day) and had a good old chat with the head of the Anthropology department who I got on really well with. They have a great set up there and they have a really good reputation!! So, my next step is to speak to the folks at London Met. I have a funny feeling that the course they are running is relatively new (which makes me a little nervous) so I need to know more about the structure of the course, how long it has actually been running for and where their graduates have got work at the end of it.

I need to make sure that I get it right otherwise there is no point in me going back to Uni!! (Ha, so no pressure then!!!)

C x

ladyfi said...

Big hugs, congratulations and loon-type grinning!

Carol said...

Ladyfi - It's sad...I'm still grinning like a loon :-D

C x

French Fancy said...

I'm so excited for you. I'd give anything to be doing a course in the vicinity of Oxford - all those beautiful ancient buildings around. As for the East London - yuk!

Carol said...

French Fancy - We didn't actually see much of Oxford when we went to the open day. We had initially planned to make a weekend of it and stay over night but everything reasonable had already been booked and we didn't want to spend a fortune or stay somewhere crappy so we came home again!! What we did see was rather lovely and I do think it would be a great place to study!!

Hehehe, I used to live in Bethnal Green (many many moons ago) so know the east end fairly well. Parts of it are a bit grim but it does have a few things going for it....Spitalfields market is wonderful and Brick Lane...well....what can I say? I am a sucker for a good curry :-)

C x

Lily Sheehan said...

Congratulations. I always wanted to do the uni thing but I'm rubbish at exams. Really pleased for you!

Carol said...

Lily - I'm not brilliant at exams either but thankfully both courses are a mixture of exams and coursework!!

Thanks hon

C x

BT said...

Absolutely brilliant. I'm so happy for you. Do let us know what you decide.

Susan McDougall said...

So so happy for you.
Please do the anthropology course as it's something I am very interested in and then I can live vicariously. he he.
Susan xx

Carol said...

BT - I was leaning towards the anthropology course till I spoke to the head of the community development department at London Met yesterday. The course sounds really interesting and she's going out of her way to meet up with me and show me round when I'm in London later next month!! I'll keep you posted :-)

Susan - LOL. Ahhh, but the London Met course would allow me to major in Community development and to do a minor in Anthropology!!

Aaaarrrgggg....decisions decisions....I'm crap at making decisions!!!

C x

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Whoohoo!!! Congratulations! xx
PS anthropology is fascinating!

Carol said...

Absolute - Thanks hon!! Secretly I wish that I only had one choice and then I wouldn't be in such a muddle about which one to choose!! I'm meeting up with the folks at London met on the 15th and then Chris and I will sit down and work out all the finances etc.

C x

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