By rebeccadowell, Nov 7 2017 09:53PM
If only it were that simple!
Personal statement season is upon us once again, and I'm enjoying reading some drafts and suggesting edits. It amazes me the skills that my students can (quite rightly) brag about, from Olympic swim training to fluency in 3 or 4 languages, quite apart from their academic prowess! Your personal statement should be a window into the 'amazing-ness' that is YOU! In more and more cases most decisions to interview are based on personal statements, so this is your chance to shine.
A question I'm often asked is about the correct structure for a personal statement, quite apart from the 47 line and 4000 character limit imposed by UCAS. My thoughts on this are as follows.
Section 1 - why are you applying for this course? What inspires you? What aspects of your A Level studies have led you to this decision?
Section 2 - how have you demonstrated this passion? Is it work experience? Travels and experiences? Extra curricular activites?
Section 3 - why are you so awesome? Think about some buzz words they'll be looking for, and demonstrate why that word applies to you? Motivated? Enthusiastic? Independant? Logical? Team player?
Section 4 - what are your dreams? What doors will this degree course open for you?
And a word to the wise... if you're going to mention subject areas, articles that fired your enthusiasm, or lectures you've attended, be prepared to answer questions about them in your interview! Dont make wild claims about symposia about genetic diseases, for example, if you cant back it up with some detailed information when questioned!
For any more help, advice or proof reading, drop me a line!