Applying to university soon? Writing a personal statement is a necessary but also daunting part of the process. Describing your hobbies, skills, qualities, reasons for wanting to apply to the course, academic achievements and much more in 4000 characters (47 lines) is very hard! To make it as easy and stress-free as possible, here are my tips on writing a personal statement.
You’re at the stage of the application process where you have finished your personal statement, chosen your courses and are getting ready to send off your application. Although awaiting offers is an exciting time, it can also be quite nerve-racking.
The time has come to complete your UCAS applications and this will involve writing a personal statement. This may seem daunting at first as you have to big yourself up and talk about all your own achievements and successes- but don’t worry! You should be proud to share all the wonderful things you have done!
You’ve just checked your e-mail, mail and UCAS account and surprise, surprise – there’s an invitation for you to attend an interview at the university you’ve applied for!
So the hard work is done. You’ve spent what feels like forever writing your personal statement, you’ve got your reference and now it all rests on the shoulders of your chosen universities.
It may seem that everyone has been going on about personal statements a lot recently, then again you may be thinking “my personal what?” whatever end of the spectrum you are on, here is a little rundown of the basics when it comes to writing your personal statement.
What is UCAS?
UCAS stands for the University and College Admission Service and acts as the point of liaison between you and the universities that you apply for. This means that you apply once through UCAS and they do the rest. They’ll also tell you about any offers, interviews or rejections that you receive.
I had no idea what ‘UCAS’ was or what it meant until I was in the sixth form. I finally learned that UCAS stood for ‘University and Colleges Admission Service’ and that I would be applying for university through UCAS!