Your personal statement is part of your overall application; it gives you the freedom to express your passion and ambitions to your chosen program. It is required whether you are applying for an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree.
You surely will not be the only person applying to the course and you will be competing with other students from around the world for an acceptance letter. The personal statement gives you the opportunity to write about yourself and impress the admissions tutors, which otherwise you wouldn’t be able to do. It is a chance for you to sell yourself.
Admissions tutors will be looking for applicants who are driven, committed, motivated and who will succeed in the program. Think of any extracurricular activities or previous work experience you have participated in and how do they link with your program. State down examples of your commitment and hard work. The course page will detail the entry requirements, types of skills and experiences that are important, so make sure you check the website before you submit your statement. Use the space to describe examples from your experiences as evidence of your capabilities and demonstrate your motivation towards to your subject. A general rule is the information you include should be 80% academic and 20% nonacademic achievements. Stay focused and relevant.
If there are gap years between your studies, did not achieve a specific grade in a subject, or you had to repeat a year, be positive and talk about your experience, but do not go into too much details.
Examples of skills: Time Management, Leadership, Team work, IT, Interpersonal skills, communication. Problem-solving, volunteering.
What has inspired you to choose the specific program.
- Start with noting down your skills, experiences and activities and then link the most significant ones to your chosen course;
- Do not just list your activities, describe what you have achieved and the skills you have demonstrated;
- Avoid saying “I have wanted to be a .. since I could walk and talk”;
- Why would you like to study in the United Kingdom?
- Do not overuse thesaurus;
- Stay focused on your course;
- If you are applying via UCAS, do not specify a university;
- Check the word limit; if you have a limit of 200 words and you write 50 words, it does not show you have passion for the course;
- Do not lie; keep it honest;
- Check grammar, spelling and punctuations; you can ask a teacher / friend to proof read it, as long as they do not re-write it for you;
- Do NOT copy!
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