Love Me UCAS, Love Me!

19 Jul

I feel like such a volunteer work slut. Literally the only reason I help out at the local Scout group; full of unruly 6-8 year old boys who are- and I’m not exaggerating- CRAZY; is in order to facilitate my UCAS form. I’m desperate to have at least one thing on this bloody form that might make me seem appealing to UCAS examiners! And you have to admit, that in the current circumstances of our country and school systems due to the cuts (ahem, Nick Clegg I’m looking at you), a student has to find some way of REALLY selling themselves to their prospective universities… and I’m not talking about flashing during an interview, because I can assure you that I’m not that kind of girl. Well, not really…

So in short, if you don’t stand out on your university application statement (what we students call the ‘Personal Statement’– makes it seem a little more intense, doesn’t it?), then you’ve got no chance of impressing them enough to even consider you- good grades don’t always do the trick, unfortunately.

Here’s just a few, out the list of things you should really mention in your personal statement, as has been drummed into the mine and my classmates’ heads, by the oh-so-UNempathetic teachers currently manning my sixth form:

1. INTEREST IN YOUR CHOSEN SUBJECT- fine, this is easy so far. I’d be mad if I didn’t know why I wanted to study the subject I’ve chosen, right? Umm, yeah… it’s a lot harder when trying to put into writing, isn’t it?

2. HOBBIES- oh ok, I see how it’s progressively getting harder. Well, I… umm. I like to *ahem* erm, what do I like to do? I, uh, like to write and stuff? Oh dear.

3. VOLUNTEER WORK- brilliant, it now makes sense that everything’s been leading up to this. Oh teachers, you guys are so sneaky leaving this one for the end! Haha… ha… oh my god, I’m going to die before I finish this.

And those are just a few. I’m not really complaining though- I know I’m unimaginably lucky to have the opportunity to go to university. And honestly, I’m really excited about (finally) finishing this UCAS form and heading off to uni. However, if the personal statement is designed for us to each stand out from other applicants, then surely none of us will with all the volunteering and hobbies we’ll end up listing? 

Oh well, it’s clearly not stopping me from chasing my sudden new dream of being an assistant Scout leader to a group of rowdy little people, despite the fact that I just can’t seem to take it seriously. And that’s not just because the group is called the ‘Beavers’…

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