"I have a keen interest in current affairs but have recently been inspired by the deeper level of understanding gained from the writings of leading economists. Galbraith's 'Great Crash of 1929' was a truly insightful read and I was shocked that our current crisis could occur when we have such a strong understanding of the past.'
Tristan was successful in his application for Economics, but he is a little older and wiser now, and his assessment of his statement is incredibly enlightening for those trying to figure out their own first drafts: 'This is actually really risky in highsight! Quite a bold statement that would likely be picked up on in interview. Admissions tutors could easily disagree with the comment. With something like this it would have been smart for me to have been very prepared to argue my case...' Tristan's not wrong: last year 64% of Oxbridge interviewees were asked about their personal statement.