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    Hi all,
    I am in the middle of my ucas form (yes I know I've missed the deadline blabla). I was at uni from Sep '08 to about Feb '09, as I had to leave because I got ill. I have read that you have to put ALL past colleges, unis etc on the form, but I am worried it just makes it look crap..
    Should I mention I've been to uni before but got ill in my personal statement or something? Or should I just leave it out completely..?
    Would appreciate any advice, cheers
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    (Original post by JohnnyT)
    Hi all,
    I am in the middle of my ucas form (yes I know I've missed the deadline blabla). I was at uni from Sep '08 to about Feb '09, as I had to leave because I got ill. I have read that you have to put ALL past colleges, unis etc on the form, but I am worried it just makes it look crap..
    Should I mention I've been to uni before but got ill in my personal statement or something? Or should I just leave it out completely..?
    Would appreciate any advice, cheers
    You have to declare it, so even if it doesn't look good you're obliged to put it down. If you lie and they find out then they may choose to withdraw their offers. Best thing you can do is to get your illness put in your reference. It's not uncommon so it doesn't necessarily look bad. Discuss it in your PS from a positive perspective in terms of what you gained from it and how it will help you in your new degree (academically and in terms of soft skills).
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    Thanks for the quick reply. Only thing is I'm not getting a reference from my tutors there I don't think. I will definitely put it in my PS though, even if it does mean editing it after finally getting it down to 47 lines! Ha. Where do you think would be a good place in the PS to mention it, while I'm talking about my other education I've had?
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    (Original post by JohnnyT)
    Thanks for the quick reply. Only thing is I'm not getting a reference from my tutors there I don't think. I will definitely put it in my PS though, even if it does mean editing it after finally getting it down to 47 lines! Ha. Where do you think would be a good place in the PS to mention it, while I'm talking about my other education I've had?
    Well, whoever writes your reference you can still get them to mention it. It's better coming from them than from you. Remember that ideally your reference should be an academic one (so someone from school/college/university). I'd write a short paragraph on it somewhere towards the middle of your statement, after you have discussed why you want to study this course but before your hobbies and interests etc.
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    Yeh you *MUST* declare it.

    In fact, it probably works in your favour - it shows you are being honest with them and yourself, and not hiding anything.
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    I'll discuss it with the person I'm hopefully getting the reference from (tutor from college). Thanks again for the advice people, it's made me feel better about it
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    When you say you must declare the university you've dropped out of, where do you do this?

    I sent my application off about two weeks ago and I mentioned the previous university I was at in the personal statement, and not in the education section. Does this matter?
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    (Original post by 89sr11)
    When you say you must declare the university you've dropped out of, where do you do this?

    I sent my application off about two weeks ago and I mentioned the previous university I was at in the personal statement, and not in the education section. Does this matter?
    It should go in the education section yes, but I suppose if you've put it in your PS then it probably does not matter too much.
 
 
 
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