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Personal Statement UCAS - August 12th 2010, 07:01 PM

Hmmkay so I'll be applying for university this year and I just know the personal statement is something I'm going to struggle with. I've pretty much done the rest of my app now besides the personal statement so I was wondering if anyone had any advice on it.

I've looked at numerous guides of how to write them and I've read past personal statements, like on thestudentroom and a few other sites but I'm still struggling and I want to get my application sent off before Christmas.

Also, I'm looking for people to read through some of my drafts in the future since I want as many different opinions as possible


   
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Re: Personal Statement UCAS - August 12th 2010, 07:59 PM

I have a "do's and don't's" list and a "what to include" list that my school gave me if you want a copy? x


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Re: Personal Statement UCAS - August 12th 2010, 08:01 PM

Your personal statement should describe you as a person, what you like to do, how you spend your time. The personal statement looks to what you can bring to the uni outside of the lecture hall.

You should tailor it the the course you most want to do at uni
   
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Re: Personal Statement UCAS - August 12th 2010, 08:02 PM

Hmm, sure, that'll help, Aisling. I have one of those too but maybe your's will be different so I can get more ideas that way


   
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Re: Personal Statement UCAS - August 12th 2010, 08:07 PM

You can read my personal statement if it will help
I think it was fairly good, I got 1 offer without an interview so that offer must have been mostly based on my PS.
   
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Re: Personal Statement UCAS - August 12th 2010, 08:15 PM

Okay, here goes!

What to include:

- Why you have chosen the course
- the reasons why the subject area interests you
- evidence showing that you understand what is required to study the course
- how your current or precious studies relate to the course
-any activities that show your intrest in the course
- why you wnat to go to uni
- details of job/work experience etc
- hobbies/ interests that demonstrate skills
- Duke of Ed / Young Enterprise / ASDAN etc
- Positions of responsibility you hold
- attributes that make you unique
- whether you have any future plans of how you're going to use the knowledge and experience that you gain


Do's and Don't's

- Do create a list of ideas before starting to write the real thing
- Do expect to produce several drafts
- Do ask people you trust for feedback
- Do check Uni prospectuses as they usually tell you the criteria and qualities they want their students to demonstrate
- Do use your best english
- Do be enthusiastic
- Don't feel that you need to use elaborate language
- Don't stray off topic
- Don't lie - you could be caught out in an interview
- Don't rely on spellchecker
- Don't leave until last minute


Some statements start with quotes or jokes and some set out to be unusual or eye-catching. Sometimes it works but it might have the opposite effect that you hoped. The admissions officer may not share your sense of humour so be careful!



And that's that
Can i ask what course you're applying for and where? xx


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Re: Personal Statement UCAS - August 12th 2010, 08:19 PM

I'm applying for Biomedical Science. And my choices so far are Abertay, Dundee, Strathclyde, Lincoln and Central Lancashire. Although I might switch Central Lancashire to something else.


   
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Re: Personal Statement UCAS - August 12th 2010, 08:24 PM

Ah, that sounds cool my friends doing biomedical engineering in september and it sounds like a good course.

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Re: Personal Statement UCAS - August 14th 2010, 05:24 PM

Explain why you like/want to do the course, why you chose your A-level subjects, any extra-curricular stuff [Like I help with rainbows so that went down well] and what you aspire to do with what course you've chosen - they like to know what you want to do with it and see that you have ambitions. DON'T LIE. It can seriously backfire.

Be honest and open about yourself I know how tough it is with such limited words, but put in what you think sound true about you and you can't go wrong.
   
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Re: Personal Statement UCAS - August 14th 2010, 06:01 PM

I've done the whole UCAS thing and was offered a place at Queen Mary in journalism which I turned down.

I'll be doing it again this year for medicine. I'd be happy to critique your statement. Send me a PM.

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Re: Personal Statement UCAS - August 14th 2010, 11:06 PM

You can read mine if you want It scored 5/5 for the personal statement scoring at Leicester and equally highly at BSMS. I'll be happy to read yours too but remember that it has to sound like your style of writing. I got several people to read mine over but I did change back a lot of their changes because it just didn't sound like me, if you know what I mean.

Good idea for starting now btw!

A decent guide is if you fold a piece of A4 into three then the first 2 sections should be about the subject you're applying for and why you want to do it, and the final section about you as a person and things you do in school and outside of school.

I started by writing down a massive list of bullet points of things I wanted to include then writing it out in full. Mine was massive when in full but then I started chopping things out. It is surprisingly short so if you what you're saying doesn't add anything, get rid of it!

Obviously my main personal statement was for medicine but I had to write a separate one for the University I applied to to study medical biochemistry (though, not going to lie, that is definitely a lot worse as I only wrote it in a few days and my actual one I wrote over a good few months!).

Good luck! Also if you know any of the English teachers in your school get them to look it over before you send it for grammar etc


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