Thursday 22 March 2018

Five tips for writing a personal statement

Aoife Walsh

1 Show your personal statement to as many people as possible. You just don't know where a helpful comment might come from. Whether it's a parent or friend who reminds you of something you have forgotten, a guidance counsellor or a teacher, the more opinions you seek the better.

2Your personal statement will go to each institution and the selection panel for each course for which you are applying. Be careful if you're applying to more than one subject area or institution. Remember you are writing only one statement, which may be distributed to several colleges/courses, so avoid naming particular institutions or talking about things that are not relevant to individual courses for which you are applying. For instance, don't write 'All my life I dreamed of going to Oxford', if you are also applying elsewhere.

3There are many resources, films and advice on giving advice on how best to complete this part of the application. Take time to explore them. Include why you are applying, what makes you suitable and which of your skills and experience are most relevant.

4Give a copy of your personal statement to your referee. It can be helpful for them to know what you are saying and match the reference to this.

5Try and make it stand out. Let your voice through and ensure that it is carefully proof read by someone you trust.

Irish Independent

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