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
2. BE POSITIVE. Your statement should not sound staged or stilted, but enthusiastic and motivated. Consider topics which would be easiest for you to put descriptive words to. Your personal statement is a testament of your passions and your earnestness, the image you want the reviewing committee to see of you. That image should never be negative, bland, or boring; you want the committee to say, on reading your statement, we'd like to meet this person. Avoid using "waffle" words (words which qualify your experiences and commitment) such as "rather", "quite", "somewhat", or "probably". Waffle words tend to give the impression the writer is unsure of him or herself; with the personal statement, all writing should be positive and express confidence and directness.