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Hi,

I am a bit clueless on where to start writing my personal statement as I am unable to find many template statements for meteorology or similar subjects.

So I thought I would start this thread for prospective students that are in the same situation, so that personal statement ideas and other questions etc. could be shared/answered by other meteorology hopefuls.

Thanks
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I'm in a similar situation, I can't find anything to help me get started, I don't really know where to begin!

Sorry that's not much help, but I'm also in the same position!
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I'm in a similar situation, I can't find anything to help me get started, I don't really know where to begin!

Sorry that's not much help, but I'm also in the same position!
It's nice to know I'm not alone

Are you looking to do meteorology or another specialized subject?
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It's nice to know I'm not alone

Are you looking to do meteorology or another specialized subject?
Meteorology hoping for the met and climate degree at Reading!
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Meteorology hoping for the met and climate degree at Reading!
Same! I also like the look of the Leeds meteorology course...

Just out of intrest where else will you be applying?
Because at the moment I have:
Reading,
Leeds,
UEA,
and then I'm stuck :confused:

I have had a look at Liverpool and Southampton but they don't really appeal
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Same! I also like the look of the Leeds meteorology course...

Just out of intrest where else will you be applying?
Because at the moment I have:
Reading,
Leeds,
UEA,
and then I'm stuck :confused:

I have had a look at Liverpool and Southampton but they don't really appeal
Same! I have nowhere else apart from Reading, Leeds and UEA. I looked at Plymouth for their Ocean Sciences course (includes modules in Met), but really didn't like it. And I was looking at Liverpool too but don't really fancy it either, so I'm stuck with 3. A bit annoying really! I'm thinking about looking at some Environmental Science courses with modules in Met that may be relevant but I don't want to go too far away from the specific Meteorology courses as otherwise my personal statement will be difficult to write with so many different courses!
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Hey, last year I was looking at Meteorology courses, but then didn't get a good enough grade in maths so dropped that.

Have you both looked at the Edinburgh course of Geophysics + Meteorology or Physics+ Meteorology? (Physics+Met would be better).

Also, I'm now going to Reading to do the Master's of Environmental Science course and will be taking the meteorology/atmosphere pathway, and when I visited just over a year ago the Environmental Science course would accept applications as a 'substitute' for meteorology.

I can't really help with the PS side I'm afraid, as I applied for environmental science in the end, but I'd talk about interest in Physics and how it relates to Meteorology, maybe you have work experience to mention?

Good luck I'm always jealous of anyone who applies for Met, since it was my dream to do since I was 10 :L
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Same! I have nowhere else apart from Reading, Leeds and UEA. I looked at Plymouth for their Ocean Sciences course (includes modules in Met), but really didn't like it. And I was looking at Liverpool too but don't really fancy it either, so I'm stuck with 3. A bit annoying really! I'm thinking about looking at some Environmental Science courses with modules in Met that may be relevant but I don't want to go too far away from the specific Meteorology courses as otherwise my personal statement will be difficult to write with so many different courses!

(Original post by Right Guard 3.D)
Hey, last year I was looking at Meteorology courses, but then didn't get a good enough grade in maths so dropped that.

Have you both looked at the Edinburgh course of Geophysics + Meteorology or Physics+ Meteorology? (Physics+Met would be better).

Also, I'm now going to Reading to do the Master's of Environmental Science course and will be taking the meteorology/atmosphere pathway, and when I visited just over a year ago the Environmental Science course would accept applications as a 'substitute' for meteorology.

I can't really help with the PS side I'm afraid, as I applied for environmental science in the end, but I'd talk about interest in Physics and how it relates to Meteorology, maybe you have work experience to mention?

Good luck I'm always jealous of anyone who applies for Met, since it was my dream to do since I was 10 :L
I went to the Liverpool open day and I might apply for their Oceans & Climate course but like ncg1994 said about Plymouth, its not really focused on the met... (same with Southampton)

I'm going to Edinburgh open day in September to look at the geophysics and met course Right Guard 3.D suggested but am unsure weather they will accept me if I apply. They want AAA - ABB in one sitting, however I have already re-taken a physics (and might need to re-sit another) exam so I don't know...

And thank you for the good luck :P
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I went to the Liverpool open day and I might apply for their Oceans & Climate course but like ncg1994 said about Plymouth, its not really focused on the met... (same with Southampton)

I'm going to Edinburgh open day in September to look at the geophysics and met course Right Guard 3.D suggested but am unsure weather they will accept me if I apply. They want AAA - ABB in one sitting, however I have already re-taken a physics (and might need to re-sit another) exam so I don't know...

And thank you for the good luck :P
Did you retake from your Jan result? If yes, they wont know that.

Also, AAA is if you want to go straight into second year since with Scottish universities, English students can skip year 1 if they get the grades.
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I took a look at Edinburgh online but it's just too far for me (I'm Gloucestershire and don't want to be that far away), which is a shame. But I'm so taken with Reading that I don't think I even want to go anywhere else! Which probably isn't a good way to be but oh well.

Work experience is another thing, I've done 2 placements already which are relevant but I'm struggling to think of other places to go. That's the trouble with such a specialist field!
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(Original post by Right Guard 3.D)
Did you retake from your Jan result? If yes, they wont know that.
Oh great That makes me feel a bit better about that then...

(Original post by Right Guard 3.D)
Also, AAA is if you want to go straight into second year since with Scottish universities, English students can skip year 1 if they get the grades.
I didn't know that either, I had a chance to go to a scottish university talk but I didn't... probably should have... :P

(Original post by ncg1994)
I took a look at Edinburgh online but it's just too far for me (I'm Gloucestershire and don't want to be that far away), which is a shame. But I'm so taken with Reading that I don't think I even want to go anywhere else! Which probably isn't a good way to be but oh well.

Work experience is another thing, I've done 2 placements already which are relevant but I'm struggling to think of other places to go. That's the trouble with such a specialist field!
I definately agree, I havn't done any placements! I keep getting rejected, I've tried the Met Office, Royal Met Society, Metcheck and Weatherquest but have been rejected by them all! Most say they recive 'too many work placement requests and need the spaces for current uni students'. So I have kind of moved on and tried to fill those gaps in the personal statement with other things like clubs, books I've read etc. How did you manage two? :P I mean, I'm rather jelous :P
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I've done work with the Environment sector of a Power Station, which wasn't specific to Met but vaguely looked into the weather and it'll be useful for any Environmental Science courses I may apply for. And I also managed to get a placement with a weatherman at the BBC (that's the job I want when I'm older), which I'm hoping to go back to at some point as well - but I feel I need a broader range! I also applied to Met Office but they didn't accept me either. I'm a bit stuck for anywhere else. :/

What books are you reading out of interest? I haven't even started anything like that!
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I've done work with the Environment sector of a Power Station, which wasn't specific to Met but vaguely looked into the weather and it'll be useful for any Environmental Science courses I may apply for. And I also managed to get a placement with a weatherman at the BBC (that's the job I want when I'm older), which I'm hoping to go back to at some point as well - but I feel I need a broader range! I also applied to Met Office but they didn't accept me either. I'm a bit stuck for anywhere else. :/

What books are you reading out of interest? I haven't even started anything like that!
Wow! Shadowing a BBC weatherman must have been really cool!

I started to grasp the key knowledge and technical stuff with 'Weather for Dummies' - Its a bit dumbed down but a good place to start :P (However it is written from an American point of view so some of it is not really relevent, unless you want to move to the US of course...)

I have now moved on to a more specialist area. I have a big intrest in Clouds, the atmosphere and how big weather systems form and develop through clouds so I am reading books like 'The Cloud-Spotters Guide'. But I would advise you to just look at book reviews and things on amazon to get a vague idea.

Your meteorlogical intrests may be very different to mine so once you get an idea about your favorate area you should read up on that

Oh and by the way, I'd subscribe to 'theWeather' magazine, it's a quaterly magazine which I find very interesting. It's only £25 for a yearly subscription or £15 without all the extras, here's a link if you want to take a look: https://www.theweatherclub.org.uk/auth/register
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Wow! Shadowing a BBC weatherman must have been really cool!

I started to grasp the key knowledge and technical stuff with 'Weather for Dummies' - Its a bit dumbed down but a good place to start :P (However it is written from an American point of view so some of it is not really relevent, unless you want to move to the US of course...)

I have now moved on to a more specialist area. I have a big intrest in Clouds, the atmosphere and how big weather systems form and develop through clouds so I am reading books like 'The Cloud-Spotters Guide'. But I would advise you to just look at book reviews and things on amazon to get a vague idea.

Your meteorlogical intrests may be very different to mine so once you get an idea about your favorate area you should read up on that

Oh and by the way, I'd subscribe to 'theWeather' magazine, it's a quaterly magazine which I find very interesting. It's only £25 for a yearly subscription or £15 without all the extras, here's a link if you want to take a look: https://www.theweatherclub.org.uk/auth/register
It was fantastic yeah, it was the best placement! So so interesting.
I've bought Weather for Dummies also, but it is a shame it's American! Clouds interest me as well so I might try get that book too, thanks
Oh I'd never heard of that before, will definitely look into that thank you!
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It was fantastic yeah, it was the best placement! So so interesting.
I've bought Weather for Dummies also, but it is a shame it's American! Clouds interest me as well so I might try get that book too, thanks
Oh I'd never heard of that before, will definitely look into that thank you!
No problem, thats what this thread is all about :P
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hey, thought I'd join in here with everyone I haven't got a clue where to start with my personal statement! nor do i know what uni's to apply to!
UEA, Reading, Leeds all look great, and i would advise to look around Liverpool, i didn't think it would be any good seen as it was only BBB but i love the university and the course is recognised by the royal meteorological society. Also bham offer a masters in applied meteorology and climatology, so doing a geog degree then that is an option
what grades did everybody get for their AS's and what are they studying?
has anybody started on personal statements yet at all?
you know how you got work experience at the BBC, which studio etc? I was going to look into it you see, ive already done a day shadowing at the RAF met office and got a 5 day placement there in the autumn, i just feel like i'm stuck in a hole and there's no-one to pull me out or give me a hand through this, its such a foreign subject to everyone
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hey, thought I'd join in here with everyone I haven't got a clue where to start with my personal statement! nor do i know what uni's to apply to!
UEA, Reading, Leeds all look great, and i would advise to look around Liverpool, i didn't think it would be any good seen as it was only BBB but i love the university and the course is recognised by the royal meteorological society. Also bham offer a masters in applied meteorology and climatology, so doing a geog degree then that is an option
Hi!
Reading, Leeds and UEA I think will be my top three (however I am still to visit Reading and UEA)
Have you considered Edinburgh? (though I am still to visit their open day too)

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what grades did everybody get for their AS's and what are they studying?
I got:
Maths- A
History-A
Physics-C
Biology-D (I'm dropping biology for A2)
I'm fairly confident so long as I get my Physics up to a B at A2
How about you?

(Original post by allybear)
has anybody started on personal statements yet at all?
I have done a couple of drafts but what I have written just doesnt sound right, it might just be me being a perfectionist though... :P
Have you started yours?

(Original post by allybear)
you know how you got work experience at the BBC, which studio etc? I was going to look into it you see, ive already done a day shadowing at the RAF met office and got a 5 day placement there in the autumn, i just feel like i'm stuck in a hole and there's no-one to pull me out or give me a hand through this, its such a foreign subject to everyone
I wouldnt worry, I am in the same position (except with no work experiance )
So I am trying to fill the void with activities, book read etc.

(I should probably have read this first before the other message lol)
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Hi! long time no speak :P

I thought I would just see how you guys are getting on with your meteorology business - its getting pretty busy at my end :P

I flew out to Edinburgh at the weekend and took a look at their 'Geophysics & Meteorology' course. (my first time to Scotland :P) The university and the city are great! But the course isnt amazing. Myself, I really want a course focused around met, but this course was more towards the geophysics side of things (first year is 100% geophysics and the met doesnt come in till the second year! and even then there is like 60% geophysics)... However, I am still rather interested in Geophysics (I guess) so I will still put it on my UCAS :P They also do a 'Physics & Met' course but I feel the physics would overwhelm my brian xD Are either of you thinking about Edinburgh? (its been a while so I can't remember xD and Im on 'advanced message' so cant look back through the thread :P)
Im going to UEA this weekend and then Reading the weekend after (intense :P) I guess you guys will be visiting open days in the coming weeks too...

Also, while I was up in Scotland I happened to come across the consise guide to weather which allybear reccomended to me - I took a look and bought it, first impressions are its a good little guide (lots of pictures ) - so thanks for mentioning it to me :P - otherwise I may have just walked past it and not noticed it :P Have you guys been reading up? :P - I think I've been over-reading (which is completely unlike me :P)

I have also finished and am happy with my personal statement (at last) - its just being passed around various members of staff at my school at the moment. How far are you through yours?

Anyway thats it from me lol - I'm just feeling a bit pressured at the moment, its been a hell of a week for me and will probably be a hell of a month! Is it just me or are you the same?

Mike
(Oh! and sorry for the essay :P)
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I'm not looking at Edinburgh as it's just too far, (where are you from?) and like you I want a predominantly Met course as opposed to Physics/Maths etc. looks like I'm only going to apply to 3.

I'm re-visiting Reading on the 22nd for a second look around and to see the stuff I missed - so might see you around the Met department!

My personal statement has been drafted but nowhere near completion yet, I'm never happy with it and keep re-writing bits! But hopefully I can get that out of the way soon.

I'm pretty busy too, this uni stuff is stressful! I'm applying to Leeds Environmental Science course too and so am struggling to write my PS for both subjects :/
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(Original post by ncg1994)
I'm not looking at Edinburgh as it's just too far, (where are you from?) and like you I want a predominantly Met course as opposed to Physics/Maths etc. looks like I'm only going to apply to 3.
I kinda share the same views as you towards Edinburgh - it is a bit too far (im from cambridgeshire by the way) and the course is not 100% met - but it wont stop me from applying because if I only get two offers back (including Edinbrough)I'd rather have that than nothing. (enviromental science is usually what people couple with meteorology, but it doesnt really interest me)

(Original post by ncg1994)
I'm re-visiting Reading on the 22nd for a second look around and to see the stuff I missed - so might see you around the Met department!
Im going to Reading on the 8th unfortunately :P My freind has already been too (for politics), he said it was great but apparently the downside was that the accomodation was shocking. :/

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I'm pretty busy too, this uni stuff is stressful! I'm applying to Leeds Environmental Science course too and so am struggling to write my PS for both subjects :/
Good to know :P - I have a freind trying to write a PS for maths and physics as two indipendent subjects and he's kinda finding it tricky - the advice he gave me was 'If you are applying to two subjects, dont' - I know this probably doesnt help much but I thought it was relevent :P Anyway good luck with that whole process
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