How I wrote my UCAS personal statement
Need help writing a great UCAS personal statement? Pharmacy student Parsa is on hand to share her personal statement tips with you.
Hi, my names Parsa, I am a 4th year pharmacy student at University of Central Lancashire. Writing a personal statement can be very stressful and time consuming, I hope my tips help you to write the very best statement.
What is a UCAS personal statement?
A personal statement is precisely what it sounds like: personal. Personal to your strengths, weaknesses, hobbies, and passions. Your personal statement is a great way to display your passion for your chosen subject and show the university you’re applying to why you’re the best match.
First things first
Do your research to find the right course for you, this is the most important factor to ensure you get the most out of your university life and set the foundations for your future career path.
Applying for university can be very daunting, it’s essential to research as much as possible what course you would like to apply to. Think of your strengths, weaknesses, what professions you find interesting. Have you ever imaged yourself as a pharmacist, doctor, nurse, engineer, occupational therapist, or vet? I would recommend spending some time looking through university a course catalogues and visiting Open Days. This will help narrow down your options and help you decide which route you’re interested in going down.
Let’s start writing
When I began my personal statement, I started by mapping out my experiences, skills, and goals.
After mapping out the above, I started writing the introduction. Within this paragraph I reflected on my experiences, both academic and extracurricular. I thought about the skills I had developed and the achievements I was proud of. I spent some time planning out these ideas, working out how to connect these experiences to my chosen field of study which is Pharmacy. I found mind maps very useful as a great planning resource. I began with a captivating introduction to grab the reader's attention, making sure it showcased my passion for Pharmacy. You should discuss any research/academic interests you have and how they align with the courses offerings. This provides an insight on how passionate you are to pursue this course.
Demonstrate your commitment
Throughout the personal statement, I used specific examples and anecdotes that showcased my knowledge and personal growth. I made sure to connect these experiences to my future goals and how they would align with me being a pharmacist. You should aim to include any relevant work experience or volunteering activities that demonstrates your commitment to your chosen course. I included specific examples of projects I had been involved in and how they had impacted my understanding and passion for becoming a pharmacist. This helped to show my enthusiasm and motivation for pursuing further studies within the pharmacy industry.
Throughout my statement, I focused on being authentic, genuine and allowing my personality to shine through. I avoided clichés and instead focused on providing unique insights into my journey and motivations. I also paid attention to the structure and flow of my writing, ensuring that each paragraph transitioned smoothly into the next.
Once I had completed my first draft, I proofread it multiple times to ensure it was clear and error-free. I checked for grammar, spelling and any punctuation errors.
Get feedback from your peers
I sought feedback from trusted mentors, friends, and family members to gain different perspectives and make improvements. I made sure to conclude my personal statement with a strong closing statement that summarized my main points and left a lasting impression on the reader. I ended my personal statement on a positive and memorable note.
Rome wasn’t built in a day
An excellent personal statement will not be ready within a couple of hours, it can take a few days, and this is okay. Sometimes taking a break can help refresh and energise your brain. Remember Rome was not built in a day. Good luck!
Top tips for an excellent personal statement:
- You can apply for up to 5 courses on UCAS, however you can only submit 1 personal statement. Ensure all your points cover all your choices, limiting confusion for the reader.
- Have teachers, friends and family proofread. Be open to take feedback on board and then initiate this once you have understood the feedback.
- Show passion in your chosen subject, be open and honest as to why they should choose you. Why do you think you’re the best fit out of thousands applying?
- Use tools like Grammarly, an amazing website, assisting writers with eliminating spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes.
- Don’t wait until last minute to write your personal statement, as you don’t want it to seem rushed. Planning out is essential, I’d recommend mapping out your personal statement on a A3 sheet of paper, this helped me create a strong structure, limiting any repetitiveness.
Be confident in sharing your unique experiences and how they have shaped your aspirations. Good luck, we are to support you every step of the way!