[Music] hello everybody and welcome to this video today’s video is all about the personal statement in this video I’d like to offer some personal tips on how to write an excellent personal statement my name is Jasmine for those of you who don’t know me it’s probably everybody and Kotick notes with my personal statement I applied to five universities in the UK universe of Cambridge LS e UCL King’s College London and the University of Edinburgh my courses were always different but they were all centered around economics and development except for my course in UCL which was an Arts and Sciences course so it was a it was a take on the liberal arts system that the US have a bit of basic information about the personal statement it is 4,000 characters long which is approximately 47 lines I believe and for most universities this is the only piece of writing that you’ll be able to to give them and the only piece of you to base their decisions tip number one with a personal statement is to open with advance I think a great way to start your personal statement is through a question that you have that you’ve had before through an experience or through a thought as soon as your admissions officer needs ears personal statement you want to catch on to them immediately so you really want to open with something personal to you and something intriguing I started with a question in my personal statement so question that arose when I was in antequera and mistltein after Typhoon Haiyan and I was offering aid to over 100 families and I was questioning the sustainability of what we were doing I started with this question to overcome reliance how can the people in this to me we develop a way to support themselves in a sustainable manner I had it in speech marks and I carried on from there yes I raise my personal statement sometimes that I remember my opening line my second tip is to be quite focused on your course whilst writing your personal statement you want to talk about why you are a great student for that course and not really why you’re a great student in general the universities will expect that you are a great student already but through these 4,000 characters you really want to show exactly what makes you passionate about that course without even using the word passion remember that in video K you are applying to a specific course unlike in the US and there are thousands of other students who are applying for the exact same course as you are and this should not scare you from applying at all but it should highlight that you want to make yourself stand out from the rest through showing love for your course tip number three will develop on you know how you actually show interest in your course I think one of the greatest ways to demonstrate interest is to actually show that you’ve taken initiative beyond beyond your high school this can be through the books that you have read through the activities that you do through other experiences that may be volunteer work and it can even be a personal anecdote in my personal statement I touched on my mother’s background as she did on poverty and I explored the ways in which is it has changed me as a person and how it’s how it’s affected my my visions and and my ambition I also wrote about a book that I had read called what money can’t buy the moral limits of the market by Michael chase vandal and it is a philosophical approach to economics and it just comes to show that there’s so much more to economics and what I’ve read in my school textbook I think it’s so great if you can approach your subject area through a different lens so philosophy into economics or philosophy into medicine or something like that it shows that you’re well-rounded and you’re willing to view your subject not through one lens but through multiple lenses I even wrote about positions that I held in school that helped me develop certain characteristics to flourish even more in my fields which included some leadership positions and sports position highlighting positions that you’ve held that connect to the characteristics that you should have in your course is a fantastic approach so these are generally I think the ways that you can show love for your course through positions books that you’ve read or content that you’ve read outside of your school personal anecdotes personal experiences and yes I think I think that covers is tip number four is that if you do write about a personal experience then ensure that you are going to write about what you learned from that experience and what you still have to have to learn and have to explore you do want to go into university I think even more questions and seeking more answers so if you can extract questions that you want to explore through your experiences then it will show initiative on your behalf tip number five is not to talk too too much about your personal achievements I think on the whole the UK application tends to be a lot more academic focused rather than you know extra curricular focused the universities that you intend to apply to already know your grades they know your GCSEs and your IB or a levels or or whatever you’ve done you don’t have much space in your personal statement remember you only have forty second line so you don’t want to expand too much about your personal achievements but rather use that and say focus on why you love that subject area in fact what you can do is you can pick some positions and achievements that you have and kind of incorporate them flip them into sentences where you’re demonstrating your your enjoyment and your interest in that particular discipline so I’m just going to read off my screen but one of the sentences that I used was translating words into actions as the environmental prefect I promote sustainable practices within my school such as the greater use of biodegradable materials and educate fellow students on how some of our current practices threaten the environment genera by nurturing awareness so through that sentence not only did I mention that I was the environmental prefect but I also mentioned that I partake in a lot of sustainable efforts and thereby showing my interest for the environment which belongs in the realm of development tip number six is not to waste words you have 4,000 characters and it seems so so little when you actually start writing it so keep it succinct and genuine remember to be honest and everything that you’re right you don’t want to get admitted with false information in there keeping it the same in itself is sophisticated do slip in a few academic words here and there don’t overly decorated tip number seven is to trust yourself foster writing this personal statement I know you’re probably nervous and you know doubting yourself throughout this application process everyone is going to be going through the exact same thing I promise you that this is a very important piece of writing no doubt but at the same time you have to ensure that you do trust in yourself you’re having some confidence do the best that you can and I mean that’s all you can do tip number eight is to ask for advice from other people regarding your personal statements don’t be shy to ask other people most of the time they’ll be more than happy to be reading your personal and I think it’s great if you send it to people who were accepted into the university that you want to attend sometimes other people’s advice will inspire you what even if you think like it won’t give it to someone who’s had the experience of writing personal statement or someone lives and had experience at all because sometimes they may give even more genuine answers tip number nine kind of contradicts tip number eight but ensure that if you’re receiving advice from someone that you don’t feel is right then you don’t have to take it aboard do ask for advice but if it just doesn’t feel right to you you’re not obliged to to use it and this goes for people who even got into university that you want to go to this is your personal statement at the end of the day and you should have the last thing tip number ten is extremely important and it is to to kind of start your personal statement a little earlier and then come back to it periodically when I wrote mine I was reading mine every hour of every day and I was looking at it so often that I actually got pretty tired of it I was approaching it with the same mindset every single time to the point at which I was making very few changes however once I finally took aboard my father’s advice I gave myself a week in between my personal statement review and I noticed that when I came back to it with fresh eyes and a fresh mind I could make so many good and better changes I switch things around I tried new things I added new paragraphs that I never thought I would add and and it started to work and I was I felt a lot happier so don’t be so clingy with your personal statement I know it’s so hard to set it aside and not look at it and not touch it because it’s so important but it does more good than harm we’re this tip is pretty common-sense but it is to make several drafts the personal statement but more importantly to save your drafts as you go along I recommend that you write it on a Word document that you can say not really on Google Docs I made seven drafts I kept every single one of them because sometimes the changes that I made weren’t as good as I thought they would be and I would return back to my previous drafts and it’s also a nice way to compare and and track the developments that you make a little thing that I want to mention before I end this video is that when you insert your personal statement into ucaf you have to insert it in a little box and ensure that you’re kind of merging everything together try out two to leave a space between your paragraphs because that will count and one in verse 47 lines all right thank you so much for watching I hope you got something out of this video having a lot of free time right now and I’m having a lot of fun making videos to help you guys out thank you again for watching this and bye [Music]

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