Don’t wait too long to start dreaming.
So, you want to study overseas? America, Australia, or perhaps the UK? So you add it to the list of things that you want to do but maybe you won’t. How many people have thought about it and not done it because of the difficulties in merely getting there, let alone the three years of hard work in a strange country without the comfort of friends and family. Not forgetting the language. Yes, I said don’t forget the English. IELTS 6.5 [usually the minimum required] is not easy to achieve.
So Tangent have decided to help you out, not just with the language courses we offer, such as IELTS 365 or our Pre-sessional Course, but a series of articles on what to do, before and during. So let’s kick off with -‘How to write your personal statement [and a few other things]’ – absolutely critical if you’re going to get the course you want at the university you want. The dreaming stops here, now the work begins.
A Personal Statement for UCAS [Part 1 of 5]
UCAS is a UK-based independent charity whose main role is to operate the application process for British universities. Also, to offer advice to inspire and facilitate educational progression for undergraduates and postgraduates.
The weight of having to write a personal statement upon which at least the first three or four years of your life rests, is a heavy burden for many students, doing it in English – your second or third language - can be a nightmare. It’s a constant worry, niggling away in the back of your mind, often pushing to the front with images of a glittering future. Whilst most students will get on with it, for some, the intentions of writing a personal statement can often disappear into thin air and ignored for as long as is humanly possible.
This is completely understandable. Having to put yourself out there in a maximum of 4000 characters (including spaces!), to be judged, selected and possibly rejected, is a monumental task for anyone, least of all an unsure 17 or 18 year old. First there’s your final year of tough examinations, then departure from the security of school life and separation from your friendship groups, only to find you’ve suddenly been propelled into the hard-edged, adult-world of decision-making.
But the personal statement does not need to be such a high and treacherous mountain to climb…
That’s where we’ll pick up next week. In the meantime, do you know what all the phrasal verbs used above mean? No? Well, why aren’t you looking it up on your online dictionary or contacting a ‘Learning Consultant’ at Tangent Training? We’ll help you improve your English. It’s fun and it’s easy. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our Learning Consultants will advise you on what you should be studying.
Part 2 - What is a Personal Statement? - Applying to United Kingdom Universities - Part 2
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