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No one believes personal statements are the sole work of the applicant?

Mine was :mad: Goddamnit

Anyway, still waiting for news...
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(Original post by littleshambles)
No one believes personal statements are the sole work of the applicant?
I think that was an unduly pessimistic suggestion. Although as a Helper, some statements are certainly visibly more sincere and genuine than others!
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To be honest, if you claim you had no outside help at all, the implication is that you took no advice from anywhere about how to write a personal statement at all. This seems unlikely, especially for a TSR member.
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To be honest, if you claim you had no outside help at all, the implication is that you took no advice from anywhere about how to write a personal statement at all. This seems unlikely, especially for a TSR member.
I flatly ignored the advice of my college, because I thought it was utter nonsense. It also didn't occur to me to look on TSR at the time - so yes that would be true.
I've also seen very good statements which totally contradict the assumed format. So yeh, I think that some statements are suspect, but that its perfectly doable to write something convincing.
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(Original post by Good bloke)
To be honest, if you claim you had no outside help at all, the implication is that you took no advice from anywhere about how to write a personal statement at all. This seems unlikely, especially for a TSR member.
Well, I didn't get any real advice from TSR, anyway, and I only showed it to my college once I'd finished it. But getting advice on how to write one (i.e. there's FAQs and whatnot) is different from actually doing the work for it; if it wasn't "all your own work" that equally implies that you got someone else to write some of it.
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well I can honestly say, too, that my personal statement was my sole work.

obviously here in switzerland teachers havent even heard of such a thing as a personal statement, and they were slightly annoyed that they should write something like a reference, not to mention in english.
and I've only learnt of such 'institutions' as TSR or yougofurhher after I had already sent in my SAQ, so that was no help either.

so yeah, there are definately people that have not had any help at all in writing their personal statement or applying in general.
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(Original post by Yasmin18)
so yeah, there are definately people that have not had any help at all in writing their personal statement or applying in general.
Yeah, I got quite a lot of advice, but most of it I didn't take. My head of sixth-form told me to get rid of a whole paragraph about my interest in a paticular area of geography and replace it with a "what I have gained from my other A-level subjects" paragraph. Which I see as a complete waste of time...
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I think it must be quite hard to get rejected without interview from Cambridge at least.

Put it this way, my mate just got an interview from Trinity (see interview thread) with a medicine personal statement (Cambridge is his 5th non-med choice lol) and something like 4A's and 6B's at GCSE lol.
I got rejected without interview, my personal statement was supposedly 'strong', and I got 6a*, 2 As and 1 B at GCSE and was predicted AAAA at a level in maths, further maths, physics and economics.

Damn you Jesus.
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Wish I could've taken the TSA though (which was at interview). I'm generally good at those sort of tests and had been averaging around 90% in the practice tests
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I got rejected without interview, my personal statement was supposedly 'strong', and I got 6a*, 2 As and 1 B at GCSE and was predicted AAAA at a level in maths, further maths, physics and economics.

Damn you Jesus.
Im sorry from what I can judge, I cant really understand this... but Im sure many other universities will be happy to offer you a place, so good luck with them x
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Sorry about that mate! That sucks but you've still got loads of other great unis which you could go to, and it's their loss!
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I got rejected without interview, my personal statement was supposedly 'strong', and I got 6a*, 2 As and 1 B at GCSE and was predicted AAAA at a level in maths, further maths, physics and economics.

Damn you Jesus.
Have they outright rejected you or just not given you an interview? I think it's possible that some people get rejected for an interview but might still get pooled :confused:

**DISCLAIMER: I am not sure about this.**
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I got rejected without interview, my personal statement was supposedly 'strong', and I got 6a*, 2 As and 1 B at GCSE and was predicted AAAA at a level in maths, further maths, physics and economics.

Damn you Jesus.
Ouch. Assumming your PS was actually "strong" (in the eyes of most at least) and you had a sound reference, then that seems a bit ridiculous. I would ask for some feedback.

To add to my friends story, his personal statement wasn't great - in my opinion at least. It had no structure - he talked about his A-level subjects in his opening paragraph where he also tried to justify his poor GCSE grades :eek: And one of the sentences read something like "Working part time gives me money to go out and socialise with friends :eek: :eek:

I can't help but think the admissions tutors fort NatSci at Trinity have just called him for interview to belittle him...
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(Original post by littleshambles)
Have they outright rejected you or just not given you an interview? I think it's possible that some people get rejected for an interview but might still get pooled :confused:

**DISCLAIMER: I am not sure about this.**
Well, ucas doesn't say rejection, but the letter said 'we have decided not to invite you for interview'
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(Original post by Clements-)
Well, ucas doesn't say rejection, but the letter said 'we have decided not to invite you for interview'
I would definitely ask for some feedback.
Unless your personal statement was shockingly poor or there was a mistake on your ucas, I don't really understand why they would reject you without interview :/
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Nope... deselection for interview means automatic rejection. Just does not update on UCAS for technical reasons apparently.
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Nope... deselection for interview means automatic rejection. Just does not update on UCAS for technical reasons apparently.
Does it? I know a student that received something along the lines "We decided that we will not be calling you for an interview. We will consider your application based on your application and UCAS alone." (Although that's just slightly better than a rejection and probably even worse because of a false hope it gives.)
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I have applied to Trinity College as a mature international applicant. My intended course of study is G100. I received this from Cambridge a week ago:
"We have now reviewed all our applications for places at Trinity, and I am writing to say that we have decided not to call you for interview this December. The reason for this is that competition in your subject was particularly fierce this year(we in fact had an all-time record number of applications) and your ranking on paper was not high enough for you to be included on our shortlist for interview. We will make a final decision on your application in January."

Does this sound like a polite rejection letter? Do I still stand a chance to be considered by mature colleges (Hughes Hall or St. Edmund's) during winter pool?

Following information, found in the document titled 'Information about the Winter Pool' on this site, seems to be encouraging though.

"Mature applicants
All mature applicants who are realistically possibly worth an offer should be pooled. The criteria for this differ from those for standard-age applicants in many subjects. The four Colleges that take mature students only are able to advise. Poor results in examinations taken more than 10 years ago should not be held against applicants: recent academic achievement is important. A good command of English is essential."
"AGREED POLICY ON THE POOL
10. The needs of the four Mature Colleges with regard to the Winter Pool are somewhat different to those of the other Colleges, and, while the numbers of mature applicants to “standard age” Colleges remain low, Colleges should continue to pool all mature applicants possibly worth an offer. "
"Agreed posting date for decision letters is Wednesday 2 January 2008
(No letters with decisions (other than rejection letters for applicants not called to interview, which can be posted earlier, if desired) are to be posted to applicants before this date.)"


I am nervous like hell. :mad:
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Not very comforting news for you , but I would have thought that Trinity will sit on your application is a sort of limbo until they have a feel for the overall application standard, which the mature colleges will also have done. Between them, they will decide if you can be pooled to a mature college under the guidance to describe. The language of Trinity making a decision in January is just a formality, they will inform you if you have been pooled or rejected in January, but they will probably negotiate with the mature colleges through December. Sorry, you'll have to wait and see.
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That proves 6A*s is not enough, neither are 4 As at AS level. btw, what was your average module percentage: 95%+, 90%+, 85%+ or 80%+?
complete nonsense. i just got an interview with AABbc and 2A*s,3As and 5Bs. and im not CSAS or retaking.
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