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    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?
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    If they have inspired you to take up the business course then i dont see why not
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    I mentioned mine, however I don't know get whether I got into where I wanted so this is a pretty pointless comment
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    No, you should never mention your parents.
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    I mentioned my great grandad, but only in one sentence.
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    (Original post by Juno)
    No, you should never mention your parents.
    Why not?

    My friend did and she has received offers from all her main unis.
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    Nope. It was on that "things not to put in your PS" thread!
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    You're statement isn't some extremely scientific test that universities simply say YES/NO to no matter what your grades. But saying ''My Mummy and Daddy are really rich and we are middle class and I get anything I want ''

    Isn't going to get you anywhere, even if you have 5 A*, they'd know right away you'd get outcast socially and have to be picked up and driven home, happens every year.
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    (Original post by neutralmilkhotel)
    Why not?

    My friend did and she has received offers from all her main unis.
    ecause unis think you're being forced into it by them. If you mention parents in relation to work experience it also omes across as you couldn't arrange it on your own and you only got the job because of your parent.
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    don't mention them because a) if you recieved a place how would you know if I was you or just the name of your parents that got the place b) uses up valuble space and c) looks as though you are trying to pull some strings
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    (Original post by Juno)
    ecause unis think you're being forced into it by them. If you mention parents in relation to work experience it also omes across as you couldn't arrange it on your own and you only got the job because of your parent.
    In that context it does, not in all though.
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    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.
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    (Original post by neutralmilkhotel)
    In that context it does, not in all though.
    But there are hundreds of contexts where it comes across badly, and none where it comes across well.
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    (Original post by Juno)
    No, you should never mention your parents.

    But why? If my dad is my mentor and he is the reason why I am applying to business and to university in the UK?
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    (Original post by Irina13)
    But why? If my dad is my mentor and he is the reason why I am applying to business and to university in the UK?
    Unis don't care about that. They just want to know why you want to study business.
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    (Original post by Juno)
    ecause unis think you're being forced into it by them. If you mention parents in relation to work experience it also omes across as you couldn't arrange it on your own and you only got the job because of your parent.
    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.
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    mention them but be wary. dont say they pushed you or helped you BUT do say where you interest stemmed from. i said mine stemmed from my dad and ive known a lot of people who have got into places mentioning their support from a positive backgropund.

    do not name drop though, just say the truth.
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    Well, it is the truth. He is why I want to study business.
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    (Original post by Irina13)
    Well, it is the truth. He is why I want to study business.
    What has he done that's particularly inspired you?
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    I mentioned my father numerous times in my personal statement and I got accepted into Cardiff, Essex and Plymouth (unconditional). If your father has inspired you then you should be able to briefly mention him, if he has done more to help you, then mention him more but make sure you reason it very carefully.
 
 
 
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