Well let’s start with the truth. There is no such thing as a perfect personal statement. The whole point of a personal statement is for you to give an insight into why you fit the bill. UCAS period is usually a stressful one for students all over the UK, but rest assured, it is temporary. Nonetheless, it is important to pay as much attention to it as universities do. Think of it as the chance to make a good first impression, especially for those that don’t have to required predicted grade, here lies the key to getting your foot in the door and showing your universities how motivated and passionate you are about studying your desired course, at their university.
Giving that you are applying for up to 5 universities, it is slightly difficult to focus on a specific institution, so at best, it’s important to focus not so much on the institution, but on the course itself. Giving examples of your achievement in and out of school/college is a great way to tie justify why you are the perfect fit. If you’ve travelled a lot, held a position of responsibility in your local football club, showcase it. Remember, admissions officers don’t expect you to have an arsenal of work experience under your belt, neither do they expect you do be anything more than a human being.
The hill is steep, but the sooner you take the first step, the easier it gets. You’ll find that the perfect draft can’t be done in one go, and that is ok, Rome wasn’t built in one day. If you’ve finished your first year of college, and are sure about going to university after A-levels (or equivalent), it is probably a good idea to get started on your UCAS Personal Statement or beef up on relevant experience that will help you to stand out over the competition. Don’t wait until the last minute before you start writing your personal statement!
Have a look at what the universities you are applying to say about the course you want to study. Although it is a ‘personal’ statement, it’s important to remember that your interest, skills and qualities must be tailored to match up with what your university are looking for, but remember not to over exaggerate. Admissions tutor at De Montfort University says: “Do not over exaggerate hobbies/interests – it is not a true reflection of yourself and you may be caught out”.
So where do you start? Here is a list of some of the things to consider:
- Why you are applying
- Course interests
- Interest in higher education
- What makes you suitable for the university and course?
- Relevant skills
- Educational achievements
- Personal achievement
- Other work related skills
If you don’t get it straightaway, try and try again. If you find yourself stressing a lot over your Personal Statement, you probably really want to get it right, which means you’re on the right track. Keep at it, and you should end up with offers from your chosen university.