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Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Anthony C

I don't know whether you have the same impression, but I find the best American students are simply excellent, not only in absolute terms but in comparison to their British counterparts. I just spent three years doing undergrad work at one of the top non-Oxbridge univerisities. All the students in my intake had to go through interview in order to get in. Among my intake, I think it's fair to say that I've performed with a certain amount of distinction. I have won a couple of academic prizes and whatnot. When I find myself chatting to Oxbridge students I tend (with a few exceptions) not to find them notably superior either intellectually or in terms of general achievement. Students from the top American institutions though - they blow me away. Scarily good. I tend to come away from conversation with them thinking, "Wow, turns out I know nothing".

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