October 2015

Writing a personal statement (UCAS)

University is without a doubt one of the most exciting times of a young person’s life. Three years of partying, studying and total independence are ones that you will remember forever, there’s nothing quite like it. However in order to experience the wonder that is student life, every student must first apply through UCAS. UCAS is the portal by which every university application is made and is relatively straightforward to understand. However, the area that most students struggle with is the dreaded personal statement. Although the mere word sends shivers down the backs of most 18 year olds across the country, it does not have to be a daunting task. If done well it can sometimes make the difference between an offer or rejection regardless of your grades. Take me...

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Now at university, if I could go back in a time machine I would say to myself…

Now at university, if I could go back in a time machine I would say to myself…   There’s nothing more irritating than sitting your A-Levels, while also listening to university students complain incessantly about how easy and irrelevant sixth form was in comparison to their “real” undergraduate work. But if I’ve learnt anything from being at university, it’s that A-Levels do matter- and that doing well is important. So if I could go back in time and tell myself anything, above all, it would be to take them more seriously. And to completely disregard the twenty-something year olds that told me otherwise.   The reason why working hard on your A-Levels, and your GCSEs too, is so important- is primarily because you establish a good work ethic. Yes, grades are essential to securing...

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