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.
My time at Generating Genius provided me with a platform to develop my interpersonal skills from a young age…GG provided me with crucial commercial awareness that is essential to working within investment bankingGG alumnus on securing an internship at Barclays Investment BankThe girls who went to the EPQ session at UCL last week all enjoyed it very much!…I’d like to say a huge thank you for all your hard work and all the great opportunities offered to students A message of thanks from a teacher at a Uni Genius sixth form collegeAmongst the many things I learnt was that students who attend state schools may be less privileged than those who attend private schools, but they should not be intimidated. What matters is their potential and whether they are passionate about their future aspirations. GG AlumnusThe only thing better than Generating Genius? More Generating Genius!Squadron Leader Glynis Dean, RAFIt also helped with my self confidence as I was able to speak to many new people which I've always struggled with.Uni Genius student on work experience placementsMy tutor helped me not only academically to comprehend the subjects but also how to think outside the boxUni Genius student on GG's academic tutoringBeing part of the scheme has given me experiences which will help me to decide what I might do with my life. This has influenced the way I am planning my exams and my further education. I know I have been given a great advantage by being part of this scheme and I am looking hard at a career in engineering or medicine.GG AlumnusNot only would I recommend this programme to all my friends, but I would jump at the opportunity to do it again. I genuinely loved every moment of this experience.Uni Genius studentThe placement is remarkable. A great insight into the finance world. I hope there are more placements coming up soon because this one is just fantastic. It has honestly changed my future prospects massively. Uni Genius student on work experience placements
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