Applying to University

Now is a very busy time of year for those university applicants, hoping to start further education in 2012. If this is you, I would imagine UCAS has become your homepage, you are faced with uncountable dilemmas, every course is starting to look the same, every weekend is a different open day and the phrase ’47 lines or 4000 characters’ gives you a cracking headache. Sound familiar?

This was me a year ago. Here are my words of wisdom.

1. Stop panicking. There are tricky decisions you will make and a brainful of things to think about, but everything will fall into place with a bit of patience and a sprinkle of hard work.

2. Write a personal statement that’s dressed with words to impress. There’s a lot of support and guidance out there because it’s such a crucial process in applying for university. Yes, it can be a daunting task, but you are not alone.

3. Use The Student Room, an online student community for study help and endless amounts of university advice.
Make sure you definitely check out their Personal Statement Help section – it offers advice on writing your personal statement, you can view personal statement samples in their Personal Statement Library, or (the best by far) you can take advantage of their free personal statement help service where you can have your draft statement reviewed confidentially by them. It is EXCELLENT. Do it now.

There are thousands of applicants to each course, but only one of you – show them how great you are. Good luck! And if you are applying to Edge Hill, I hope to see you next year.

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