How to plan
the creative part of your personal statement can be handwritten, if it is to appear online (through the UCAS
online website) then it will need to be typed to 4,000 characters only.
Therefore you may need to think
about the space allocation and your planned word count.
At this point, I want
to refute the generally belived notion that admission officers are not interested
in the lives of those students that have demonstrated a perfect education: straight
First and foremost, they are looking for students who fit into their
course. Another question is - is it egostistical to want to share your experiences
The answer is No one can truthfully say that, in my creative writing
classes and courses, no work has given greater pleasure than those works of a
Writing your UCAS personal statement is very important.
In some cases students may find it difficult to deal with trauma or an event which
has adversely effected your study: whether this resulted in poor grades
or a change of subject direction.
Putting these in writing is often easier than
going into an interview. The best way to start is to take a fresh look at your
After that you need to plan your UCAS personal statement and decide what
to include and what areas need to be excluded. You may feel that you want to start
to introduce yourself and also a significant person that helped you decide on
the subject you wish to study. Or you might choose to divide your personal statement
into sections such as: Family, illness, holiday's or realisation of your goals.
back to events and periods in your life that stand out clearly in your memory.
They will undoubtly include major ones such as new jobs, the birth of a child,
and so on. But don't forget to relate these areas in your life to your subject
Hot Tip: If you have kept a diary throughout your life you may need to take a look
and even include some sections, if you wish. One of my students wrote about a
really devestating time in her childhood - this really made her personal statement