“At school, I have contributed to many extracurricular activities, which I have found especially rewarding. Currently I sit on the School Ball Design Committee and captain the school hockey team. These have taught me the importance of being able to work both within a team and as an individual, which during work experience I saw was a fundamental part of the medical profession.”
Here, Hannah is handling a difficult element of an Oxbridge Medicine personal statement, as well as other universities. Many universities see extra-curricular activities as a necessity for demonstrating an individual’s self-drive and ‘get up and go’. There’s no doubt that most Oxbridge admissions tutors will admire you if you rowed in the Olympics or reached the peak of Kilimanjaro, but it is well known that this is not going to win you a place. They want to know about your commitment and potential for your subject. Hannah’s direct relating of her extra-curriculars back to Medicine help strike the balance, never allowing the statement to meander too far from her real passion – Medicine. Download this statement to see how a successful applicant approached the difficult statement, and how she would change it now, with hindsight.