Personal Statement advice 22nd September 2017

Over the last few weeks, Generating Genius Year 13 students (and even some forward-thinking Year 12 students) have been working hard preparing their applications to study a STEM subject at university.

Students had three sessions on how to write a standout personal statement, in addition to a special session for our brightest students on how to apply to Oxbridge.

REMEMBER THE DEADLINES: the deadline for Oxbridge applications and applications for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science is 15 October (you may also have to register for additional admissions examinations, see here). The deadline for all other applications is 15th January.

Some of the top tips given by our experts were that your personal statement should focus on the subject that you want to study, rather than anything else. It should be focused around why you want to spend the next three years (or more) studying that course. You have 4,000 characters and 47 lines to prove it, so you shouldn’t be wasting valuable space in your personal statement discussing things that are irrelevant.

Another top tip was to ensure that you apply early. Whilst the deadline seems ages away, it’ll come around quickly. If you want admissions tutors to think that you’re an organised individual, committed to ensuring that you get to study the course of your choice, you should get your application in early.

Don’t forget that all the Generating Genius events, activities and work experience placements are extremely beneficial in enhancing your personal statements. Using your free time to better yourself and strengthening your commitment and interest in your subject will go down well with admissions tutors. Use Generating Genius events to evidence your skill set and show that you’re a well-rounded candidate.

You can read some examples of personal statements below:

For some more advice on what to put into your personal statement (and what not to put in), you can watch this Imperial College London video presented by Jane Marshall who ran one of our sessions:

A big thanks have to go to the University of Bath, SThree, Stanhill Capital Partners, Jane Marshall from Imperial College London and Josh Halstead from Harrow School for supporting Generating Genius with university applications.