Uni applicant diaries: my No.1 personal statement tip
With the Ucas deadline in sight, we asked applicant bloggers Yasmeen, Annabel and Nicole to share their top personal statement tips for those finishing off their applications. Here's what they told us...
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"Tailor your personal statement to the course"
- Yasmeen Ameer
The way you write is also key. Write how – to some extent – you naturally talk, but in a sophisticated way. Avoid clichés, they’re so overused and frankly, quite boring. Just be yourself (excuse the hypocritical cliché)!
"Use relevant, detailed examples"
- Annabel Roderick
Even if you've done 101 amazing things, don't just list these off. Be specific and say what skills you've learnt from the experiences you've had, and how this makes you the perfect candidate for your course.
At first, I started writing a list because I just wasn’t sure which bits were more important than others, but for me the most important thing was to write a lot on one or two topics that I love and that I would want to talk to anyone about.
"Have your own opinion"
- Nicole Li
When writing about a book, try not to paraphrase what you’ve read, but offer your opinion and whether you agree with the author. It's likely that the person reading your personal statement has read the book or may have even written it, so there is no point telling them what it's about. They are more interested in what you thought of the book and how it has added to your understanding.
It is also important to note that it is OK to disagree with the author, but just remember to support your views.