Personal statements: dos & don'ts – Which? University



you your personal statement is your chance to tell the university or college you want to go to why you'd be great for their course every year admissions – to see thousands of personal statements so how can you make yours stand out from the crowd best personal statements tend to be ones where an applicant can effectively communicate to us and bring a sense of themselves to the applications I think the thing that really stands out with personal statement is that the applicant has used evidence of their own achievements to support anything that they're they're saying about their ability and that's what I'm really looking for I'm looking for richness detail and evidence don't be ashamed of reading positive about yourself and your achievements more than anything you're looking for an application that is truthful and sort of honest – the person I think the best thing is to see somebody who has a small amount of knowledge of a subject really enjoys what they've understood what's important to remember is an opportunity for you to be shine and to promote yourself we don't want seeing a personal statement is any kind of negativity whether that's regarding yourself than your achievements or whether stores maybe a teacher a tutor or someone else as well avoiding cliches in your personal statement it's a good thing to do if you can do it my kind of pet hate is the cliche first sentence so the classic computer science example I have is where at where a student says something to the effect of I got my first computer when I was actually a told it I'm not sure why they want me to know that but it's not it doesn't really demonstrate much it's almost a acts sort of quasi joke you know ever since I was a fetus that I've always had a deep passion for men and the reality of it is that that's probably not the case almost every applicant appears to be passionate about whatever subject they've applied for and of course it is important that they're enthusiastic about that subject but how many teenagers do you know that that usually use that kind of language to describe it so it feels very false and the other thing is probably more for for parents we do find that sometimes parents really want to talk through their personal statement with their son or daughter which is great but when too much influence comes to bear and they start drafting it with them or indeed four of them we start hearing the voice of a 55 year old rather than a 17 year old and actually we want to hear the voice of you well say also not to make a personal statement that's too abstract and quoting your favorite lines of of poetry or various other bits of literature personal statement should be a really positive document that really emphasizes how good an applicant you are and what you've got to offer an institution but basically being honest and drafting it well taking time being thoughtful and those kinds of things are a really good basis for personal stake

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  1. Is my personal statement good enough?
    A major determinant in my choice of engineering is the application of the problem solving process to affect others’ lives in the real world. The ability to turn a mathematical problem into a solution that visibly improves the world around you is something few other fields can achieve. I believe that engineering will allow me to transfer my problem solving skills acquired through theoretical work in mathematics into more applicable options, in other words using mathematics constructively to make useful things come true.

    I am particularly interested in mechanical engineering. I find thermodynamics to be a very interesting topic because of it's delicacy and requirement of deep understanding and the importance of its consideration in the functioning and efficiency of machinery. I also find stress analysis to be quite interesting, as it answers the question of why certain shapes and structures can hold things better, giving me a better understanding of the shapes of certain bridges and buildings and why they are suited for their functions. Electronics engineering is an area I find useful as it combines well with mechanics to create a powered and controllable solution to many problems and tasks. I have read and studied Mark Hughes’ book “the Beginner’s Guide to Mechanical Engineering” which allowed me to attain a deeper knowledge and understanding of these topics.

    I am very keen on problem solving, which has motivated me to take my coding skills as a hobby beyond the GCSE level, as I have found the problem solving aspect of programming to be very captivating. I have also taken the AS Challenge in physics and am currently preparing for the Physics Olympiad, this has helped me to transfer my skills in physics to another level than school and had a more creative approach to problems that really allowed me to think outside the box, a much needed aspect of engineering.

    I have undertaken a football coaching course, I found it very helpful in developing my leadership and planning skills, as we had to plan training programs that would help children improve their skills as well as walk them through the programs and correct mistakes. I have also volunteered as a STEM ambassador in my school, motivating children into the areas of science and mathematics. I have found that this really improved my communication skills as I undertook projects with children and guided them on the way through. These are all skills that I find very important in pursuing an engineering career, as they provide the foundation for working in a team and managing big projects.

    I am a fishing enthusiast. I enjoy the challenge of thinking of a strategy to land as much fish as possible. It is usual for me to try out a change in weights or line thickness and see their effects on the number of fish caught.

    I wish to take my engineering degree to postgraduate level, and possibly hope to achieve a phD in an engineering related field. I also wish to create more influence with my degree for example, by starting an engineering firm or designing, marketing and selling

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