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Default Some help? - 06-28-2013, 12:06 PM

Sorry about my title couldn't think of anything better to put.
So at the moment I am 17 about to go into my final year of college and i want to apply to university,
we now have to write out a personal statement about myself, for those who dont know they are used as a ...application talking about what you do and are used to get into uni D: Many of my teachers say its one of the hardest things to write..etc,
All I wanted was has anyone done one let?
and if so could you suggest what to talk about and what to put in there?
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Im not too sure if this is the right section, but here will do, also im applying for Graphics. and This applies for U.k not sure if its the same in America.


  
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Default 06-28-2013, 12:11 PM

just be honest

you spend a lot of time on your computer
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just be honest

you spend a lot of time on your computer
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You'd become a legend if you wrote your essay like that and actually handed it over.

OT: I would write about what you can do very well, if you apply for GFX school, write about how much knowledge you have about certain stuff. But also mark the stuff you still can improve in. Show them you're really interested in improving yourself.

That's what I would do. Don't be mad at me if it didn't work.




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Default 06-28-2013, 12:14 PM

just write a biography of urself ...
  
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just write a biography of urself ...
Agreed with this. Just do biography
  
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Default 06-28-2013, 12:17 PM

1. Be yourself

The Columbia Graduate School for Journalism encourages students to write about family, education, talents or passions. They want to hear about significant places or events in your life; about books you have read, people you have met or work you’ve done that has shaped the person you have become.

Schools want to know about you so don’t portray someone else in the essay. It’s almost like going on a first date. You want to display your best qualities but be yourself at the same time. You want the other person to like you, not someone you’re pretending to be.

2. Show diversity

Rayna Reid, a personal statement guru, received her undergraduate degree at Cornell, Masters at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a Law degree at Columbia. Reid says a personal statement is really just a way to make the college fall in love with you.

“The essay is where you really get a chance to differentiate yourself from the other applicants,” she said. “Explain why they should accept you. What will you contribute?”

Sean Carpenter, University of Southern California Student Services Associate and undergraduate student, reiterates the importance of differentiating yourself from other applicants.

He works in the Annenberg School for Communication admissions office and deals with prospective students daily. Carpenter says USC or any major school want to see diversity.

“They want to see how you’re different from all other applicants, especially through diversity. What makes you unique out of all the other applicants?” Carpenter said, “Tell things that has helped you grow as a person and built your character.”

3. Do research and tailor each essay accordingly

Every college is different, so each personal statement should be different. Many students try to get away with having a universal essay but admissions departments will notice.

“Do research to give concrete reasons why you’re interested in particular program,” Carpenter said. “Speak with a faculty member that you’re interested in working with or doing research for and mention that in your statement. It would also be beneficial to say what classes you’ve taken that were relevant to the field of study.”

4. Be concise and follow directions

Make sure you read the directions carefully. One of the biggest red flags for an admissions office are students who don’t adhere to word limitations. Don’t give them a reason to throw out your application.

Believe it or not, there is a way to say everything you want in a page or less. If you need some help, ask several faculty members to read over your essay and give you feedback.

5. Go beyond your resume, GPA and test scores

Many students worry about how their GPA and test scores will affect the admissions process. The personal statement is an opportunity to explain any strengths or weaknesses in your application — such as changes in major, low GPA or lack of experience.

For instance, Reid was worried about not having a 4.0 GPA. Since Reid didn’t have the perfect GPA, she explained what she did with her time to make up for that fact. Being on the Varsity rowing team and a Teach for America Corp member are great examples of how devoting her time to other things made an impact on her GPA.

6. Tell a story

“Nothing makes someone fall in love like a good story. It does not have to be the next Pulitzer winner,” Reid said. “For college, one essay I wrote was about how I have often felt like my life was a movie and how Dirty Dancing (yes, the movie) changed my life. My sister who currently goes to Princeton even wrote about killing a fly!”

One of the worst things you can do is bore the admission officer. Make yourself memorable by telling a story about something distinctive from a creative or different angle.

With this advice, your personal statement will be the highlight of your application. Good luck!
  
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Just Talk About yourself and how you went out of your way for the subject you wish to chose, before you have to submit your personal statement try do as many things as possible for your uni course such as open days , go to open lectures or visit places etc. comment on these etc but mainly make sure your grammar is correct, make yourself stand out to the person who will have to read 1000 of personal statements.


  
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Default 06-28-2013, 12:29 PM

I take it you did IT at college? What level? I've literally just finished my last year.
I maxed out D*D*D*, so if you need any help with work next year hit me up haha.

You're applying early though aren't you? We didn't start applying till November but I had a look at some courses and decided uni wasn't the thing for me, but now I wish I did at least apply because finding a job is really hard.


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I take it you did IT at college? What level? I've literally just finished my last year.
I maxed out D*D*D*, so if you need any help with work next year hit me up haha.

You're applying early though aren't you? We didn't start applying till November but I had a look at some courses and decided uni wasn't the thing for me, but now I wish I did at least apply because finding a job is really hard.
Yeah aha, we are not exactly applying yet, but since We have had talks on it, i thought i would start it, And yeah Im doing A-levels and Doing ICT but im not exactly doing brilliant though, thanks for the help aha, Yeah, i suppose i could apply for experience though D:


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You'd become a legend if you wrote your essay like that and actually handed it over.

OT: I would write about what you can do very well, if you apply for GFX school, write about how much knowledge you have about certain stuff. But also mark the stuff you still can improve in. Show them you're really interested in improving yourself.

That's what I would do. Don't be mad at me if it didn't work.
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1. Be yourself

The Columbia Graduate School for Journalism encourages students to write about family, education, talents or passions. They want to hear about significant places or events in your life; about books you have read, people you have met or work you’ve done that has shaped the person you have become.

Schools want to know about you so don’t portray someone else in the essay. It’s almost like going on a first date. You want to display your best qualities but be yourself at the same time. You want the other person to like you, not someone you’re pretending to be.

2. Show diversity

Rayna Reid, a personal statement guru, received her undergraduate degree at Cornell, Masters at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a Law degree at Columbia. Reid says a personal statement is really just a way to make the college fall in love with you.

“The essay is where you really get a chance to differentiate yourself from the other applicants,” she said. “Explain why they should accept you. What will you contribute?”

Sean Carpenter, University of Southern California Student Services Associate and undergraduate student, reiterates the importance of differentiating yourself from other applicants.

He works in the Annenberg School for Communication admissions office and deals with prospective students daily. Carpenter says USC or any major school want to see diversity.

“They want to see how you’re different from all other applicants, especially through diversity. What makes you unique out of all the other applicants?” Carpenter said, “Tell things that has helped you grow as a person and built your character.”

3. Do research and tailor each essay accordingly

Every college is different, so each personal statement should be different. Many students try to get away with having a universal essay but admissions departments will notice.

“Do research to give concrete reasons why you’re interested in particular program,” Carpenter said. “Speak with a faculty member that you’re interested in working with or doing research for and mention that in your statement. It would also be beneficial to say what classes you’ve taken that were relevant to the field of study.”

4. Be concise and follow directions

Make sure you read the directions carefully. One of the biggest red flags for an admissions office are students who don’t adhere to word limitations. Don’t give them a reason to throw out your application.

Believe it or not, there is a way to say everything you want in a page or less. If you need some help, ask several faculty members to read over your essay and give you feedback.

5. Go beyond your resume, GPA and test scores

Many students worry about how their GPA and test scores will affect the admissions process. The personal statement is an opportunity to explain any strengths or weaknesses in your application — such as changes in major, low GPA or lack of experience.

For instance, Reid was worried about not having a 4.0 GPA. Since Reid didn’t have the perfect GPA, she explained what she did with her time to make up for that fact. Being on the Varsity rowing team and a Teach for America Corp member are great examples of how devoting her time to other things made an impact on her GPA.

6. Tell a story

“Nothing makes someone fall in love like a good story. It does not have to be the next Pulitzer winner,” Reid said. “For college, one essay I wrote was about how I have often felt like my life was a movie and how Dirty Dancing (yes, the movie) changed my life. My sister who currently goes to Princeton even wrote about killing a fly!”

One of the worst things you can do is bore the admission officer. Make yourself memorable by telling a story about something distinctive from a creative or different angle.

With this advice, your personal statement will be the highlight of your application. Good luck!
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Just Talk About yourself and how you went out of your way for the subject you wish to chose, before you have to submit your personal statement try do as many things as possible for your uni course such as open days , go to open lectures or visit places etc. comment on these etc but mainly make sure your grammar is correct, make yourself stand out to the person who will have to read 1000 of personal statements.
Thanks for these replies though, will help me more I think, i just hope i can get into the one that is near me, dont want to travel long distance, least i have alot of time to think about it though, but thanks for the help, ill make a start soon D:


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just be honest

you spend a lot of time on your computer
you play video games
you don't like writing essays
I know im quoting and replying alot, But I think with this I'm guaranteed A place at Uni,


  
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Default 06-28-2013, 02:39 PM

To everyone offering this guy advice to write about himself, I'm sorry but that's just wrong. It's boring, and honestly, not one college admission officer cares if you write a TL;DR of your entire life.
The key is to make yourself stand out, don't write a biography about yourself, pick out one thing that makes you unique like a passion or event in your life that not many other have experienced.
What I did in my personal essay for college apps was I wrote about my passion, which is Formula 1, because it has a very small fanbase in America, and about how it's helped me as a person.
Other topics you could write about are something like a meaningful event in your life like volunteer work, or a trip to an exotic place.
Anyway best of luck with your essay bud.





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