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    If you have to do it, please say 'my parents' rather than 'me parents, innit'.
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    (Original post by TheSownRose)
    So if you were to say, "My parents were lazy ****s which led to my growing up in a council house on a rough estate, and when I was seven my mother died from a heroin overdose; I've been inspired to become a social worker so I can prevent someone else from having my childhood"*, that would be all right? You're not being forced into it by them or getting work experience because of them...

    [SIZE="1"]* They're not. They're two lovely people who worked very hard for what we had, claim to have never taken illegal drugs and are both still alive.[/SIZE]
    That kind of thing can look like you're trying to go for the sympathy vote tho

    Basically, don't mention your parents as it can look like you're doing the course to just carry on the family tradition. It doesn't make you exactly sound like you've made the decision completely independently. That's not to say that you won't get offers if you DO mention them, but after reading literally hundreds of PSs myself, the ones that mention their parents tend to sound less genuine
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    I've seen many people mention their parents in personal statements; especially for Business - where they talk about how a family business etc has inspired them to study the subject in higher education. After all a personal statement is to show how you became motivated to study the subject of your interest.

    (Original post by TheSownRose)
    So if you were to say, "My parents were lazy ****s which led to my growing up in a council house on a rough estate, and when I was seven my mother died from a heroin overdose; I've been inspired to become a social worker so I can prevent someone else from having my childhood"*, that would be all right? You're not being forced into it by them or getting work experience because of them...

    * They're not. They're two lovely people who worked very hard for what we had, claim to have never taken illegal drugs and are both still alive.
    I reckon that'll probably give such a person an advantage.
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    (Original post by xKTx)
    That kind of thing can look like you're trying to go for the sympathy vote tho
    Sorry if this sounds confrontational because it's not you that decides what makes a good PS ... but what can inspire you if being around people that are involved can't and having it included in your past can't?
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    (Original post by TheSownRose)
    Sorry if this sounds confrontational because it's not you that decides what makes a good PS ... but what can inspire you if being around people that are involved can't and having it included in your past can't?
    Reading a book about it, A Levels could... I'm sure other things could as well, but those are a couple off the top of my head. I haven't been to see a psychologist and none of my family have either, or are working in anything related to psychology. I still chose to study it at university. It's not necessary to mention HOW you got involved/interested in the subject, it's just important to talk about what/why it interests you NOW (i.e. your academic interests in the subject)

    As for what makes a good PS, some of the PS helpers have known/worked with admissions tutors, who have told them about the kinds of things to put into a PS, which have been shared and the PS guidance on here is also based on that feedback

    It's not like any of these things guarantee a rejection, but if you avoid the bad things/put in the good things, it makes your PS stronger and means you are more likely to get an offer
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    It's ok to say "My parents inspired me". But dont say "They're professors, just like you, got any room for a fellow academics kid?"
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    (Original post by Irina13)
    I am applying for business courses and my parents are both university professors in my country teaching business and they are the ones who made me realise how much I love it. My dad has always been my mentor and I was wondering if it would be good to mention him in my personal statement. Any help?
    No, don't mention your parents...I'm surprised that neither of your parents who u say are prof didn't tell you this.
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    (Original post by Irina13)
    I am applying for business courses and my parents are both university professors in my country teaching business and they are the ones who made me realise how much I love it. My dad has always been my mentor and I was wondering if it would be good to mention him in my personal statement. Any help?
    I'm rather with Juno and xKTx on this one - all the PSs I've read that claim parents have inspired them have not been strong enough in other ways to make this claim convincing.

    There is a balance here between giving the impression that you are only applying for the course because your parents want you to (believe me, there are loads of people like that) and recognising/acknowledging where your interest in the subject comes from.

    In the end, it's your PS and you need to be happy with it. We can all advise, make suggestions, whatever, but it's your choice. I don't think mentioning your parents' inspiring influence will of itself make a difference either way to whether you get an offer - but you do need to make sure that your PS in general is really strong on why you personally are interested in the course and why you are academically suited to it.
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    (Original post by Irina13)
    Well, I wanted to talk about how my dad became a renowned professor after being born in a family of farmers who didn't have any books or enough food to eat. He makes me want to break my limits and become something great.
    What do his achievements have to do with you?
 
 
 
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