Is anyone appyling to uni this year?

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What subject are you planning to do and any advice on doing personal statements? My teachers at college told us to start our personal statement and I dont know where to start lol

Posted Sun 9th September, 2012 @ 11:04 by Stranger24

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Have a look at the personal statement section of The Student Room -

There's people there who can help you with your statement and provide feedback in a private forum. This area of the site is known to UCAS and universities, many of whom support it, and it won't show up in any checks that UCAS do.

You need to talk about why you want to study the subject. Talking about your hobbies is completely irrelevant unless you do something that's totally related to what you'd like to do (eg: you're applying for history and you volunteer at the National Trust to develop your interest in social history) as the focus needs to be on why you'd like to study the subject at university. You can use your coursework or modules from school to talk about why you like it and it's also important to include some wider reading to show that you like the subject so much that you enjoy studying it outside of school.

Forget about how it sounds and what other people sound like in comparison to you as it's what you say which is important rather than exactly how you say it. The most "polished" looking statements are often pretty bare once you actually go through line by line to look at what the applicant is saying - avoid big words and trying to sounds clever, just talk about why you want to study your subject.

Answered Mon 10th September, 2012 @ 15:31 by Emma (admin)
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Im applying for veterinary medicine. Im in the process of writing my personal statement but its not going to well!! Im writing about work experience, why i want to do the course and stuff outside of school. What course do you want to apply to?

Answered Sun 9th September, 2012 @ 15:45 by Sophie
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I'm appying for medicinal biochemistry and I spent ages just sat there staring at a blank Microsoft Word document. Now I don't what to cut out so it fits the ucas form!!

What course are you applying for? It might be helpful to look at sites like studential where people have posted their personal statements to give you an idea of what other people have wrote. For me that was kinda depressing because every personal statment I read sounded pretty damn good and mine is kinda close to EPIC FAIL. So I'm pretty sure anyone applying to uni will have a better personal statement than mine!!

Answered Sun 9th September, 2012 @ 16:38 by blueberrifantom
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I am applying to Sociology..........

I know exactly how you feel. Other personal statements just sound soo wicked and polished. i've looked at some personal statements for inspiration but when I write mine and compare it doesnt sound professional. But I've booked an appointment with our college career adviser so hopefully she'll help. Have you guys got one at your college? It might be helpful to you guys.

Answered Sun 9th September, 2012 @ 16:46 by Stranger24
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Not applying this year, however I'd suggest thinking outside the box. Universities want high grades, but what will sell you out to them over other candidates? You may say you spend your time by studying but they can see that through your grades, which is very rare to get without studying. Talk about your hobbies and interests (as long as they are relevant to the subject XD) and why you would be good, why you think this is the right course for you, why you'd be the best candidate there? Show you care and show them you're too good to reject :) 

Answered Sun 9th September, 2012 @ 22:11 by [email protected]
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i am taking a gap year to do an intership at a russian/china school, working in a panda conservation cent, an orphanage and glaxosmithklein lab for 6 months then going to university so that i have allot to talk about on my personal statement...if so you could take up a gap year to gain skills/qualities / experience you need for your course 

 if not...i would take up some volunteerying activities/work experience or something anf relate it to the course you want to study and shows you are dedicated to study the course at university

and mak sure you make your tutors/subject teacher  proof read it

Answered Mon 10th September, 2012 @ 22:44 by ELectrica!