As the autumn term gains pace, students up and down the country are perfecting the most important 4000-character document of their academic career - the personal statement. Follow this simple list to make sure that your personal statement is something that you can be proud of, rather than something that will leave your admissions tutors scratching their heads.
Do not be afraid to do many, many drafts. Although I admit that I do not like editing my essays most of the time, I completed at least 10 drafts for my personal statement. It is, after all, a precious document where the Admissions Officers can truly get to know you in addition to skimming through the long list of your grades, achievements, awards, and leadership roles.
The personal statement in a nutshell; modestly advertising yourself as an indispensable future undergraduate. It's painful to write. Recently, I have been allotting myself certain times of the day to sit and write the dreaded thing. This sounds productive, and I am probably displaying key time management skills that would make me an excellent candidate for my chosen course.