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Gaining experience during a lockdown

When it comes to writing personal statements, you need to bring your A-Game. You need to prove that you deserve a place on the degree course you’re applying for. But wait a minute, you’re in the middle of a lockdown. Life has never been like this before. Instead of going out, you’re saving lives by staying in.  But how does that help you write your personal statement?

It’s true that a key part of your Personal Statement is proving a genuine interest in your chosen subject and we recommend that applicants do this by analysing an experience they’ve had and relating it to the skills they’ll need on their chosen course. Work experience has been a fantastic way for applicants to do this but there are many home-based activities, that if analysed (and not just described or summarised) can reflect your dedication and passion to the subject. To appreciate this fully, please make sure you’re familiar with the ABC rule of analysing that’s explained in the Personal Statement online presentation.

We’ve put together activity ideas for different areas of study. We hope that these inspire and empower you, but above all we want you to do what feels right for you. Your wellbeing and safety is the most important thing. Universities understand that the content of personal statements will be a little different this year, because of the restrictions we all find ourselves living in. So have a look through the ideas on these pages and see which ones spark your interest and suit your current circumstances. Have fun with this, you’ll be surprised at where your passion and a little creative thinking can take you.

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