Can you please give me some pointers to what makes a really good personal statement.
I'm applying for Architecture.
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- 11-06-2016 16:47
-Shows some enthusiasm to study the course
-Explain why you want to study that course and go to university (avoid cliched reasons such as "ever since I was a kid I've always wanted to be an architect")
-Explains what you want to do afterwards (if you don't know like me, then it's okay to not mention)
-Show that you have read around your subject, and talk about what you like about that course (example below)
-How the A-levels you are doing is relevant to what you want to study, what have you gained from it and such
-Talk about the skills you have that would be useful for your course. e.g.
-Extracurricular activities or hobbies related to architecture e.g. CAD practice outside school. Don’t just want a list of the committees you are on, or the sports or musical instruments you play. Unis are interested in how your activities have helped you develop skills or qualities that will make you a good student
Here is an example I had written which would show you are enthusiastic (do not plagiarise) :
""Geometry is one of the oldest, deepest, broadest and most active subjects in Mathematics with connections to almost all other branches in either a very direct or subtle way. This is what started my passion for architecture. Knowing about different shapes and their sizes allows the mind to visualize new things by building with the learned shapes, in which I experimented with and produced 3D models using various software such as..."
- 12-06-2016 18:13
- that you understand what you're applying to (for architecture as a long vocational course that means an appreciation of what architects actually do and the content and structure of the training)
- that you have the enthusiasm for the subject to stick out the course (this is where any readibg or super curricula activities come into play)
- that you have the necessary skills to succeed on the course (in the case of architecture this will be covered by your academic history/predictions and your portfolio so isn't something to worry about overly in your PS)