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Personal statements - part two

Week 12

27 November 2017

Personal statements are a biggie. That's why we've dedicated two weeks to help guide you through writing yours. This is part two.

A quick poll

 

Great news if you've finished or nearly finished writing your personal statement for your uni application.

If you haven't started yet, don't panic. There's still time!

Time for a recap

In simple terms, your personal statement is like your CV. It gives you the opportunity to talk about yourself and how you're right for the course(s) you're applying to. UCAS says "The personal statement is an important part of the UCAS application. It's your chance to describe your ambitions, skills, and experience."

The main thing is to plan out what you want to say about yourself. List what you want to include: your strengths, why you enjoy the subject you're applying for, what you've achieved in school and college, and also outside of it - have you done any volunteering?

Break it into chunks, if it's easier, so you can concentrate on one thing at a time.

In our first instalment on personal statements we covered key things to consider before you start, and gave you links to the best places to look online for guidance.

Take a look

More resources

Here's some more resources to help you either get started on or put the finishing touches to your personal statement.

As we've said before, there's loads of information available to help you with your personal statement. But often it's best to get it from the horse's mouth, so to speak: UCAS.

If you haven't seen it already, UCAS has a great video with tons of ideas to help you get started.

And in this video from The Student Room, admissions officers from different universities share their advice on writing your personal statement, and what they're looking for when they read through them.

If you're struggling to know where to start, Which?University has a great guide on how to write a killer opening for your personal statement.

It's never easy bigging yourself up, but if you follow the advice we linked to in week 5 and on this page, you'll be well on your way to writing a great personal statement.