Now that exams are over, you have the time to turn your attention to your Personal Statement. This is the first thing that all Universities will see about you and so it is really important to make sure you spend some time on it so that you can make sure it is a true and great reflection of yourself. If you are better at expressing yourself in writing rather than in person, this is a good chance to make the most of your free time. If you are stronger at interview, you need to make sure your Personal Statement is strong enough to ensure that you are invited to an interview.
The first step is to consider everything you have done until this point to make you a suitable candidate for your course. Write a full list of all the activities you do, your academic achievements, books you’ve read, lectures you’ve attended and anything else that seems remotely relevant. Then, make sure you look at the course guide for your subject and pick out examples of your interests that demonstrate you are a suitable candidate for the course. You should not lie on your Personal Statement – if caught out, it will not only be embarrassing but is highly likely to mean you are rejected. If you feel that your list is not long enough or academic enough, you have two months to add to it. Online lectures are an easy way to bulk up your knowledge easily over the summer.
An interesting and impressive introduction is the hardest bit of the Personal Statement so the best thing to do is just put pen to paper and get started. Leave yourself enough time to redraft your Personal Statement several times – each time you look at it with fresh eyes, you will see ways to improve it and things to add. For the first few drafts, make sure you spend your time strengthening the content. Once you are satisfied with the content, you can easily cut things out. Remember that your statement should cut down on flowery language and be concise so that you have space to show off yourself to the best of your ability.
Your Personal Statement really needs to show your passion and interest in your course so read every sentence critically and see if you can find ways to increase the passion that comes across in your writing. The best way to demonstrate this is by showing the extra-curricular activities and reading you have done outside your A-Level course – things you have chosen to do because you want to, not because you have to!
Show your Personal Statement to tutors, teachers, and older friends for constructive feedback, but remember that you have to be comfortable with how you come across in your Personal Statement. As with anything, the more time and effort you put into your statement, the better it will be – so start now!