Over the next few weeks I’m going to be writing some articles all about applying to university.
So today I’m going to start with something that I feel is one of the most important steps in getting into university: your personal statement.
What is a personal statement?
Your personal statement is a bit like a CV, it’s a way for the universities to get an idea of who you are, not just on an a academic level but on a personal one too.
What do you write about in a personal statement?
In your personal statement you should write about why you are applying for that specific course, your ambitions for university and beyond, what excites you about the subject and the course, why you want to go to higher education.
You should also have sections on what makes you a good caditatde for an offer, the relevant skills, experience or achievements gained from education, work or other activities such as extra curricular.
It is important to talk about the main extra curricular activities in your life because it enable the university to see what else you have to offer. For example, I spoke about my skill in equestrianism and how this helped me in other parts of my life.
How do you structure a personal statement?
Start of by preparing a list of key achievements in both academic and everyday life that you would like to talk about and then extend this by stating how this will benefit you as a student.
Then when you start writing, relate everything back to how it will influence your studies on a specific course. An example from my own personal statement was my ability to read and write music helped me when it came to logical mathematics questions because I found that the patterns in maths and music showed similarities.
Your introduction should be short but sweet, starting with a welcoming opening sentence.
Then progress into talking about academic achievements, these should make up the majority of your statement. The general rule is about 70% academic and 30% extra carricular, but this is not exact and varies depending on the person.
Follow this up by a section on your extra carricular hobbies and achievements. These don’t have to be as long but still relate to the course.
Finally conclude with a hope for the future and how studying that specific course will help you achieve that. Relay your enthusiasm and passion for this subject, that’s what admissions want to see! Someone who is in love with the course they have chosen, who they know will work hard and enjoy themselsves.
Once you’ve made the first draft check through for grammar and spelling mistakes, then hand out copies to your family and friends to get their advice. Once you have done that take it to your tutor or advisor and get them to read it before sending it off to ucas.
The personal statement is alaways 47 lines, 4000 characters long. So you may have to cut things back and drop some things all together but that’s ok, because as long as you feel you have conveyed yourself in the way you want the university will get the idea.
I hope this has helped! If anyone had any questions or wants advice on writing a personal statement please message me on Instagram @lottietrewick or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For an example of my personal statement that got me into my dream university please don’t hesitate to email me!