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    can't decide between st andrews and glasgow still :| am swaying towards glasgow now, have thirty minutes to decide, waaaah
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    So my personal statement starts with, 'Being unsuccessful in my application to study medicine last year.........'
    Do you think this sounds negative? I was ok with it but then I let someone read it and they said it was negative :/
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    (Original post by DDSB)
    So my personal statement starts with, 'Being unsuccessful in my application to study medicine last year.........'
    Do you think this sounds negative? I was ok with it but then I let someone read it and they said it was negative :/
    I'll be honest, I think it sounds pretty negative. The first sentence should be positive and show a little bit of what is to come - using the word unsuccessful isn't a word for the first sentence. By all means, make the point you were going to make later on in your ps, but I certainly wouldn't put it in the first sentence.
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    (Original post by atomos)
    can't decide between st andrews and glasgow still :| am swaying towards glasgow now, have thirty minutes to decide, waaaah
    I chose glasgow. Hope that helps!

    I bet you'll choose St Andrews now
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    (Original post by JessicaStacks)
    I know what you mean. I feel a lot more confident going in this year. I am not doubting the fact that I didn't get in last year, because I still feel like I deserved a place (and I've been told by several people that it was outrageous that I didn't get in) BUT I feel like I've taken it in a positive way and learnt from it. The fact that we are reapplying shows that we are committed to medicine, and that it is really what we want to do. I do hope that it goes well for us all. Being delayed a year sucks, but in the long run we will be looking back and saying actually, that year was good for me. And who knows, we might get into better places this year than the ones we applied to last year.
    I agree with all that you've said here
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    (Original post by twelve)
    I'll be honest, I think it sounds pretty negative. The first sentence should be positive and show a little bit of what is to come - using the word unsuccessful isn't a word for the first sentence. By all means, make the point you were going to make later on in your ps, but I certainly wouldn't put it in the first sentence.
    Thanks. I want to keep the sentence in, just think I'll put it i somewhere else. My initial idea was that it would stand out and show that I'm not hiding the fact it's my second attempt and that I'm a stronger applicant from it. However I don't want them to not consider my application after reading the first few sentences of my ps.
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    (Original post by Seb)
    I chose glasgow. Hope that helps!

    I bet you'll choose St Andrews now
    nah i did choose glasgow! haha
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    (Original post by DDSB)
    Thanks. I want to keep the sentence in, just think I'll put it i somewhere else. My initial idea was that it would stand out and show that I'm not hiding the fact it's my second attempt and that I'm a stronger applicant from it. However I don't want them to not consider my application after reading the first few sentences of my ps.
    Yeahh, I mean it'll make it stand out, and for some admissions tutors, it might be a really strong statement, and give the effect you're looking for, but others it might just come across as a bit too negative for the opening.
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    guys,

    im a tad late in starting all my volunteering/work experience this year. reckon its ok to put everything im goin to try and do on PS?
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    Guys, quick question

    Does one work IN a maternity ward,
    or ON a maternity ward?

    I thought it was in but a friend seems to be super sure it's on... sounds funny to me...
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    (Original post by JessicaStacks)
    Guys, quick question

    Does one work IN a maternity ward,
    or ON a maternity ward?

    I thought it was in but a friend seems to be super sure it's on... sounds funny to me...
    think on is the more accepted one, but either would be fine
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    (Original post by kingme)
    guys,

    im a tad late in starting all my volunteering/work experience this year. reckon its ok to put everything im goin to try and do on PS?
    This one is a bit dodgy. If you start volunteering in, say, December and get an interview in November, what then? They could question you in which case you'd have to know what to say or your hesitation will be obvious and your interviewers may think you are lying/making stuff up.

    If you think your PS is lacking without it then its a risk, but if not then leave it out. I've known some people to 'embellish' what they've done and get away with it but I've also been advised to be completely honest about everything on there, because it will be picked apart.
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    (Original post by kingme)
    guys,

    im a tad late in starting all my volunteering/work experience this year. reckon its ok to put everything im goin to try and do on PS?
    Yeah go for it. I was about to send my application off (like a day before) and then I got a reply from the hospice that was some 2 months late saying they will have an opening to volunteer weekly from january.
    I had to change my ps, and I said "blah blah blah I look forward to volunteering weekly in jan". That might be a bit ****, but it's too late for me now anyway.

    Anything they really want to know, they can ask you in the interview - but that might be my ignorance saying that
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    hey folks, i am having a med-life crisis, I think i've made a silly decision about applying to Leicester , it's the second most applied to med school on the student room so far and this has put me off loads because it doesn't even have that many seats, should i change to St George's where i am apparently very likely guaranteed an interview (but in expensive London) or just leave it at Leicester?

    Also does anyone know if uni's expect more or less applicants this year?
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    (Original post by Vox0)
    This one is a bit dodgy. If you start volunteering in, say, December and get an interview in November, what then? They could question you in which case you'd have to know what to say or your hesitation will be obvious and your interviewers may think you are lying/making stuff up.

    If you think your PS is lacking without it then its a risk, but if not then leave it out. I've known some people to 'embellish' what they've done and get away with it but I've also been advised to be completely honest about everything on there, because it will be picked apart.
    Im not going to 'embellish' what i've done, just say im in the process of X and i am interested in Y.

    (Original post by Seb)
    Yeah go for it. I was about to send my application off (like a day before) and then I got a reply from the hospice that was some 2 months late saying they will have an opening to volunteer weekly from january.
    I had to change my ps, and I said "blah blah blah I look forward to volunteering weekly in jan". That might be a bit ****, but it's too late for me now anyway.

    Anything they really want to know, they can ask you in the interview - but that might be my ignorance saying that
    id rather mention stuff i was going to do to guarantee it coming up.
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    5th choice?
    Is it too risky to apply to a university like UCL for Biomed? Or King's?
    What about neuroscience at UCL? Or would that be too far off? I just want to have a good option
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    (Original post by kingme)
    Im not going to 'embellish' what i've done, just say im in the process of X and i am interested in Y.



    id rather mention stuff i was going to do to guarantee it coming up.
    Sorry, I meant that you don't need to write in too much detail about it, definately mention it though!
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    I can't believe this. If I go to camp america I will miss Euro 2012 and London Olympics!!

    Damn!!
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    (Original post by Seb)
    I can't believe this. If I go to camp america I will miss Euro 2012 and London Olympics!!

    Damn!!
    im pretty sure they have the internet in america
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    (Original post by JessicaStacks)
    I know what you mean. I feel a lot more confident going in this year. I am not doubting the fact that I didn't get in last year, because I still feel like I deserved a place (and I've been told by several people that it was outrageous that I didn't get in) BUT I feel like I've taken it in a positive way and learnt from it. The fact that we are reapplying shows that we are committed to medicine, and that it is really what we want to do. I do hope that it goes well for us all. Being delayed a year sucks, but in the long run we will be looking back and saying actually, that year was good for me. And who knows, we might get into better places this year than the ones we applied to last year.
    I also agree completely. You're basically echoing exactly what I've been telling all the people who have said 'How did you not get in this year!?' and 'Do you think you'll get in this year?'
 
 
 
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