HOW TO WRITE UCAS PERSONAL STATEMENT?Before knowing the strategy of how to write a UCAS personal statement, it is important to know the rules stated by UCAS. General Instructions:
- If you are applying to UK universities for your undergraduate, you will be needing one personal statement at the time of the application.
- This personal statement will go to all the five universities you will be applying to through UCAS so you would not be having a chance to include university-specific offerings in it.
- DO make a note of the word limit. Your personal statement should not exceed 47 lines or 4000 characters. It would be approximately 500 words.
SO THE QUESTION IS HOW YOU SHOULD START WRITING YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT, I WOULD SAY, DO NOT START WITH WRITING INSTEAD START WITH BRAINSTORMING.
- Brainstorm and try to list down all the academic achievements, activities and experiences of your life.
- List down the courses you have taken in high school, the projects you were involved in and any other additional courses you have done.
- Pick the extracurricular activities which will showcase your personality traits and values.
- Activities with leadership roles, community services, good communication skills, teamwork and initiatives.
- The UK universities are more academic-focused and more interested in knowing how you are an academic fit for their university. So now you have to relook at the list you have created and reorganize it in such a way that how they can be best related to your academic interest. Confused?
- Talk about the courses which are the either base of the program you are interested in or they are directly or indirectly related to your program at the university. For example, if you are applying for an engineering program, showcase your strength in Maths, Physics or Chemistry and if you are doing well in any other course, try to relate the skills you have gained which are required to pursue that program. Hope you get it now?
- This would be easier if you are applying for one program in all the universities but what if you have selected different programs? Do not worry! Think about how you can tie them together. List down the areas which are common. For example, if you are applying for an engineering and sciences program, you can still talk about the science subjects and the laboratory work involved in both the courses. Right?
- The next step is to list down the reason for pursuing a degree program in the UK in short. Why the UK? Reputed universities, academic excellence, programs, etcetera. Mention your English language skills and the test scores which you must have taken.
- Last is your goal. Why do you want to pursue this program? It could be your career or to have a degree in a specific field. What do you want to do in your life? Describe that.