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    Hey guys
    Basically, last year I finished college and went to university in Nottingham but hated being away from family as there was a recent bereavement that was still effecting me badly. I gave it a go but decided to come home and enrol on a few open university courses to fill the time until I decided what I wanted to do. After a few weeks I realised that it wasn't for me, as although I find all the business knowledge interesting, home study really isn't for me.

    I am now in the process of re-applying to universities that are closer to home as I've realised that 3 years of home study will be a nightmare and know that I will be ready to move away by next september. However, I have decided to still finish the courses I am doing from open university first because I want to keep my education going and not just wait a year and also because I may as well as I've paid for it.

    My problem is I had perfected my personal statement last year and I was accepted into all 5 universities I applied for, however, my teacher advised me to include something productive I have done this year. This is obviously a problem as I will have to take out relevant things, and also because including the fact that I dropped out of university could damage my chances of getting into university this year

    So do you think I should just send it off as it is and not mention this year? or try to fit something in that doesn't make me sound unmotivated?
    Any help is appreciated and sorry for the essay! haha
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    Dropping out due to difficult circumstances should be explained in the reference, not the PS.

    Were the Open University courses in the same or a similar subject to what you are applying for? If they are, it shouldn't be too hard to fit them into your statement.
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    In short, no; I'd try and keep my PS entirely to positives. If there's something in your past that doesn't sound good, omit it.
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    Yeah the main one was called 'introduction to business studies' and I'm applying for business and management so it is very relevant.
    I'm just not sure how I would fit it in because if I mention 'I have studied a few open university courses related to business' wouldn't they think I have basically wasted a year as I am only doing 60 credits which is obviously half a years work at university
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    (Original post by kenty0092)
    Yeah the main one was called 'introduction to business studies' and I'm applying for business and management so it is very relevant.
    I'm just not sure how I would fit it in because if I mention 'I have studied a few open university courses related to business' wouldn't they think I have basically wasted a year as I am only doing 60 credits which is obviously half a years work at university

    Leave out your time at Nottingham completely, but obviously include the stuff about the Open University. Say something along the lines of how just as you were leaving college there was a bereavement which affected close members of your family badly, you therefore decided to forego university for a year in order to provide much needed support for your relatives. Whilst you were doing this, you decided to do courses from home with the Open University, where you would be still easily accessible to your family. Now your family are ready to move on and you are in the position where you can be thinking about moving away for university.

    I know this is cynical and somewhat manipulative, but emotional issues make good excuses, and additionally they are a bit of a no-go area; I'm sure no interviewer would ever dream of probing such sensitive area for fear of appearing insensitive and callous.
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    You shouldn't personally use things like the bereavement in your PS as it can look like you're trying for the sympathy vote. I've read PSs with that sort of thing in and it doesn't sound right coming from the applicant. Get your referee to explain what happened. They won't think you've wasted a year after dropping out if you've done something relevant to your course choice - say you did it to continue your interest in the subject or something
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    You have to include the fact that you went to Nottingham in your UCAS form anyway, so it does need explaining, but I would ask for it to be mentioned in your reference rather than your PS. Then cut out a couple of lines to say something along the lines of "This year I have taken several OU modules related to the course which have been fascinating and really kept my interest in it high". Just something so they know you haven't been bumming around all year.
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    Ah ok thanks guys I'll give that a try then
 
 
 
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