Straight from the horse's mouth - Thoughts of an Undergraduate Admissions Officer from a Russel Group University!
What do you look for in a personal statement?
- Keep the content simple and clear but appropriately formal and academic
- Use plain English. Precision in expressing ideas is best achieved by using accurate and ordinary words.
- Use short sentences (15-20 words)
- Check grammar and spelling
- Avoid quotations, or use them sparingly and for a specific purpose. Remember, it is your personal statement. If you use quotations think about why, and do not let them speak for themselves. Make sure you have demonstrated explicitly why you are quoting. Integrate them into your argument.
- Include information about your non-academic interests and accomplishments, skills and achievements.
When someone tells you they’re a student apart from possibly asking what they study and where, the title ‘Student’ alone speaks for itself. University life is more than just your degree it is YOUR life, your social circle will change and evolve, your eating habits will change and your body clock will encounter more changes than there are time zones on this planet. But you will undoubtedly come out completely different and hopefully with a great degree.
So having spent 4 years in university and lived on campus, at home, and rented a place with friends, I’ve pretty much experienced university as diversely as it gets, so here’s a few pointers I’ve gathered on the way, to steer you through the journey that is University life.
Congratulations if you have been invited for an interview for a university place! This means that the university have considered your application and have identified you as a candidate for a place at their university.
Now it is time to WOW them at the interview and secure your place on the course and at the university that you want!
This advice will help you prepare for your interview! However, if you have any other questions add Comparetheuni on twitter and we will be happy to help!