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    Okay I'm writing my personal statement and about to submit it,

    I played tennis competitively from when I was 12-16, and then I quit about 2 years ago,

    On my personal statement I wrote "I have been a competitive tennis player for four years"

    Now technically that is true, I have been a tennis player for 4 years of my life but not the most recent 4

    Is this okay to write?

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    Which universities are you applying to?
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    (Original post by Hippysnake)
    Which universities are you applying to?
    Is that relevant?


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    (Original post by Don Joiner)
    Okay I'm writing my personal statement and about to submit it,

    I played tennis competitively from when I was 12-16, and then I quit about 2 years ago,

    On my personal statement I wrote "I have been a competitive tennis player for four years"

    Now technically that is true, I have been a tennis player for 4 years of my life but not the most recent 4

    Is this okay to write?

    Thanks


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    I think it is on the borderline but I would say it is okay, though if asked at interview or something they might think that you were trying to mislead them
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    (Original post by Don Joiner)
    Is that relevant?


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    Not really. Just making small talk.
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    (Original post by Don Joiner)
    Okay I'm writing my personal statement and about to submit it,

    I played tennis competitively from when I was 12-16, and then I quit about 2 years ago,

    On my personal statement I wrote "I have been a competitive tennis player for four years"

    Now technically that is true, I have been a tennis player for 4 years of my life but not the most recent 4

    Is this okay to write?

    Thanks


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    But yes what are the unis you are applying to as some interview and some don't
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    (Original post by Hippysnake)
    Not really. Just making small talk.
    Oh, sorry lol


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    (Original post by LPauling)
    But yes what are the unis you are applying to as some interview and some don't
    I am not applying to any courses that interview, so bringing it up at interview is not an issue


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    There really is nothing wrong with that statement.

    "I have been a competitive tennis player for four years" - it already implies past tense, so you're pretty much fine to phrase it in that way.
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    it would only be a deal breaker if you were applying to do a tennis degree ?
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    Just say you played [past tense] tennis for four years, that way you're not lying and you won't be worried about being caught out .
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    if it bugs you so much, just say 'i played tennis for 4 years' =)))
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    (Original post by W. A. Mozart)
    There really is nothing wrong with that statement.

    "I have been a competitive tennis player for four years" - it already implies past tense, so you're pretty much fine to phrase it in that way.
    Thank you very much that has put me at ease

    I think it's good because phrasing it that way could imply I still am but without saying it explicitly



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    Not really important. It doesnt look good if they questioned you about it because the suggestion is you are currently a competitive tennis player rather than a retired one. They arent going to be bothered unless it was a sports science course and you were interviewed. If it came up in that context and they found out you had already quit, then they might think you were pulling a fast one, which goes to character. Really dont think hobbies is going to matter one bit.
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    (Original post by Don Joiner)
    I am not applying to any courses that interview, so bringing it up at interview is not an issue


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    What course and what unis have you applied to? If you would rather PM me them that is fine
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    I played tennis competitively for 4 years would be better but what you did say is not really a lie
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Not really important. It doesnt look good if they questioned you about it because the suggestion is you are currently a competitive tennis player rather than a retired one. They arent going to be bothered unless it was a sports science course and you were interviewed. If it came up in that context and they found out you had already quit, then they might think you were pulling a fast one, which goes to character. Really dont think hobbies is going to matter one bit.
    I won't be interviewed so that's not a problem, thanks


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    (Original post by Don Joiner)
    Thank you very much that has put me at ease

    I think it's good because phrasing it that way could imply I still am but without saying it explicitly



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    Yeah, it does imply that you still play tennis, which is good.

    Good luck with your application by the way.
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    (Original post by Don Joiner)
    Thank you very much that has put me at ease

    I think it's good because phrasing it that way could imply I still am but without saying it explicitly


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    You dont think they have seen a zillion forms before? They will be experienced enough at assessing forms. Of hobbies is the only thing you are going to stretch thats fine (akthough I cant see why it matters), but be careful it doesnt become a habit for other parts.
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    (Original post by Don Joiner)
    Thank you very much that has put me at ease

    I think it's good because phrasing it that way could imply I still am but without saying it explicitly



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    It's not a great use of space in your PS tbh. Whether you played competitively or for fun or spend your free time making sculptures from your belly button fluff won't really matter either way to admissions staff - they'd much rather hear about your academic interests.

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