So soon it’s time for some of you to start writing personal statements, personal statements are a huge pain I’m not going to lie, purely because they are tedious, but once it is submitted I promise you, you will feel so accomplished! So here are some fabby top tips on writing your personal statements, I cannot guarantee that these tips will make it less tedious but they will give a great statement!
A personal statement is all about you. These 4000 characters allow you to show off how amazing you are, this is potentially the only moment to show the Universities how amazing you are if you don’t have to an interview of course. No two personal statements are the same and this is why they are so brilliant, here are so tips that I would recommend taking into account while writing your personal statement.
- Smash that opening sentence – the opening sentence is the first thing that the admissions tutors are going to read. If your opening sentence captures the admission tutors then that will lead you in good stead for the rest of your application, you will become memorable, which when places are competitive for your course, this is exactly what you want.
- Why do you want to study this course? – what are your interests that show that you are right for the course, for example, I love the Romans and everything about them, this is something that I put in my personal statement, obviously in more detail but simple things like this make a great starting point. What are your ambitions and how do these link to the course? All this information is very important as it shows that particular University why you want to study that course.
- Have hobbies… tell them – extra curricular activities are important to your personal statement as they what YOU enjoy. Talk about these in your personal statement, what skills do you get from these? All this information will show the University about you and what skills you have and what you can bring to the University, places are competitive and Universities want to know as much about you as they can!
- Any work experience? – have you done any work experience related to the course? This section about work experience will show the University that you’re interested in the course, so much that you’ve gone out of your way to learning more about it in a work place environment BUT don’t worry if you don’t have relevant work experience, just think about what skills you are gaining from your work experience and how these are relevant to your course, such as working with people, working in a team or attention to detail.
- Don’t name any names – so you want to study at Leicester, amazing choice… trust me, you’ll love it here but do not tailor your personal statement to one particular University as it is potentially being sent off to 5 choices. It’s not a good look if you mention a particular University but send it to others.
- Be positive.. you’re awesome – as I said in the beginning, a personal statement is all about selling yourself, so be positive, blow your own trumpet, mention that volunteering you did with your local sports club. It may seem irrelevant to you but those small details off you getting off your bum and doing things are important to Universities, especially Leicester.
- There is no rush – don’t panic if your personal statement isn’t done by October, as long as you have sent it off before the deadlines then the Universities HAVE to give you the same opportunities and treatment as the people who gave their personal statements in on the day UCAS opens!
- Don’t be a copy cat carl – copying other peoples personal statements will get you nowhere. Literally nowhere. A University doesn’t want someone who cannot be bothered to write their own PERSONAL statement. It isn’t a good look! UCAS has a scanner which scans all personal statements to look for similarities and I believe the results of the scanner are published to the universities so just bear that in mind before you copy your friend’s statement.
If you have any questions about your personal statement feel free to ask me! Good Luck!