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Do I mention hospital admission when applying to uni?

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    I'm starting to think about applying for uni (2017) and I've been reading some tips for personal statements etc. one thing I saw was that if there were gaps in your education you should say why and not leave them guessing.
    I've not actually attended school since year 8. I had absolutely no education until year 11 I did my GCSEs (without even catching up, I did them on my own accord) and I'm now doing my A levels online. That's a *lot* of time out of public education and obviously people are going to have questions.
    However, I feel like if I did explain it would be kind of detrimental - because I was taken out of school and put in a mental hospital? How do I go about addressing it (or do I not at all even - though it might get brought up at some point anyway)?

    You don't 'have to' include it, but I think you could use it in a positive way? If you got yourself through exams despite your time out, then this would show your motivation and determination- so would be a good addition to a personal statement. Only if you're comfortable using it though.

    It's probably best for your referee to mention things like that. If you do decide to mention it yourself, keep it brief and try not to make it sound too negative - focus on the positives (i.e. that you've managed to cope)
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