Structuring your UCAS Personal Statement Although there is no officially recognised structure that a UCAS personal statement must conform to, it must flow in a logical manner and contain the information summarised in the introduction. A standard order for your UCAS personal statement could be: _ Introductory sentence introducing why you would like to study your chosen subject and why you would be suitable to study at university _ Give specific examples of your academic experiences and explain how these have influenced your choice of subject _ What your future goals are _ Explain what responsibilities you have had in and out of school _ Detail of work experience you have and how it has help developed you as a person _ Include a concluding sentence summarising your application
8. Show your inferiority complex or your superiority complex _ Many applicants have trouble striking the balance between promoting themselves and not coming off as arrogant in their personal statement. A personal statement is a marketing document and has to showcase your strengths. Yet many applicants err on the side of humility, such as using self_deprecating language; or describing weaknesses and previous failings without explaining how they've worked to turn those weaknesses into strengths. Admissions committees do not admit candidates out of pity! Other applicants err on the side of conceit, giving the impression that they don't really need any advanced training because they know so much about the field and have so much experience. They fail to describe what they expect to gain from a specialized course of education. You want to walk the line between these extremes. Assert that you are very well_qualified to begin this course of study, and that you have the preparation, motivation, maturity and focus they seek. Then stress your planned specialization, what you will gain from attending their program, and how you need the training they offer to succeed as a professional.