What Makes A Good Personal Statement?
So for your personal statement you kinda have to lay it out like three paragraphs so then the first bit needs to be like an introduction on why you want to do Chemistry, or Chemistry for me, and then the middle bit about like to show your passion for that subject I like that could include like readings like extra stuff you've done lies in that competitions and then your last bit about like yourself personally and why you think you'd thrive at this university. After you write up the first draft you just keep on improving on that and ask other people for advice such as your teachers and your friends and like you just keep drafting I think I did about like 12 or 13 drafts of my own personal statement before I sent it in. I think one of the most important things about the personal statement is what it shouldn't be we see an awful lot that look like they're just sort of made from a template that they have exactly the same things in it, that I read this book by a popular scientist author and it really inspired me, here's a quote from it, and that's just not very personal. We can see your grades from your A-level results, from your GCSE results, but what we really want to see is why do you particularly want to study this subject? What is it that you're passionate about, why are you really driven, why do you want to do this? And if it's just full of a lot of generic I did a summer school, I read a book you're not really telling us anything about why you want to be here.
The thing about personal statement is that it's got to be personal if it's not about you and your interests then it's just going to be a piece of paper with words on it they're gonna see right through it if you're writing about all these books that you've read and you know how clever you are isn't that they'd want to get to know you that's a chance for you to show them who you are what your interests are. In a personal statement I think there's two main things that I've been looking for for an applicant for French, for example. The first thing would be that somebody's being completely honest by that I mean that they're expressing their motivations why it is that they want to study this particular subject. I know the subject well but I don't know this person so I want to know what's brought them to the subject and I think that should be a very honest account I think sometimes people are anxious that they need to have big bold important reasons for studying a subject or to have done something really quite prestigious on the way but if it's just they've loved studying the subject at a school or college and they really want to take it further that's being honest and I think the second thing is for people to give evidence about why they want to continue studying a subject at university so what is it that they've gone and done themselves to further their interest. It's your ability to demonstrate to the tutors how you've already interacted with the subject and what you've already got from it and for a tutor or an interviewer it gives them the opportunity to identify things that you've already learned about that they can ask you questions on so it's really helpful for the interviewer to have stuff in the personal statement that triggers a discussion.
I was always looking for somebody that had a keen interest in the course and understanding of what they were going to do when they were here but also their personal statement illustrated that they'd spent a lot of time looking into the subject, exploring it with work experience, with reading, they themselves made statements in their personal statement that indicated they had a real understanding of some of the stuff they might be interested in studying. You don't have to understand all of it but just a real a depth of interest in one particular area sometimes just shines through a personal statement.