Getting into university is no walk in the park…
You have to first decide what exactly you want to study (which isn’t easy if you have a number of niche subjects!), then shortlist a set of universities you feel are best suited to you (after battling between big questions like whether to stay at home or the internal battle between a university’s reputation versus their nightlife!), and then of course you have to make sure you meet the conditions of your offer (i.e. getting those all important grades)! On this long road of hurdles, there’s one that can give you a head-start: your personal statement.
Your personal statement is a chance for you to do something you would not usually do… Blow your own trumpet! It’s an opportunity for you to truly capture exactly what is so unique about you and your academic journey. It’s your chance to stand out! Your personal statement can be a real game changer and a chance for you to even out the playing field if you feel what you lack in a grade or two is compensated in your work experiences/hobbies and/or other interests. I have many friends who have been made offers from their top choice universities despite not being in their advertised grade bracket, purely due to impressive personal statements. This is not to say that three C’s will get you into Oxbridge because you’ve emphasised your love for Beethoven or an internship shadowing David Cameron, as competitiveness in academia will only continue to soar. However, whilst it is true that it is important to be an all-rounder to have a chance at a top university, the impact of a succinct and articulate personal statement should not be underestimated.
There are many ways to write a personal statement and its important to keep it as original as possible because no two personal statements will ever be the same and it is your writing style that will carry the most original flair. Here is the structure I used for my personal statement, after looking through various examples I felt this was the best style.