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    I attended the University of Leeds for about a month last year, but many different factors led to my decision to suspend my studies. Firstly, I found the sudden leap from a small, rural town in Wales to a big city quite overwhelming. I've had some problems with anxiety/depression for some time, and I found that being in such a big place exacerbated these problems. There was also the general feeling that I hadn't developed enough as a person to fully apply myself to university life. And so I thought that taking a year out would be the best thing for me: I figured I'd find myself a job, pursue a few hobbies, and better some aspects of my personality. I've found that taking this time off has really helped me in achieving these goals. I've also (I think!) come to realize what it is I want to achieve going forward.

    I studied English at Leeds, and English is still the course I want to pursue. However, I know that if I'm to go to University again, it'll need to be a smaller place. I just don't think I'm cut out for city life. So I'm thinking of applying for English Literature at Durham, Warwick, UEA and Bangor, as these are all smaller and more... quaint, I guess!

    But as far as the Personal Statement goes, I just don't know how I'll be able to translate all the conflicted emotions I felt a few months back into something concise. Something along the lines of 'I want to be somewhere smaller' doesn't sound all that great. Will the universities appreciate that I wanted to develop my character before plunging into fully-fledged university life? I've used this time to learn and do as much as I can, and to envision my future more fully, so I suppose that's worth sharing. I'm just not sure what the best angle to take on this is. Also, will my explanation be something I should just come right out with? Or is it better to start strong on the academic/extra-curricular side first, then move on to my experiences at Leeds?

    Sorry to go on and on!
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    It would be better to get your reference to mention why you dropped out if you can. I have the same issues and dropped out for very similar reasons and I was deliberately vague because I could write an entire PS about why I left haha
    I just wrote about academic stuff and then because I didn't want to explain things to my reference, in the last paragraph I had a line about leaving university due to illness and then I glossed over it by mentioning the things I did after leaving and my interests and linked it back to the degree and then I tried to reiterate why I'd be a good student. Going into specifics isn't really the best idea so don't mention wanting to be anywhere smaller or go into detail about your MH issues because the main focus should be your degree subject.

    UEA is great btw.
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    You can mention it if it's in a positive way. So you may want to mention books you read or topics you studied or essays you wrote that helped to confirm English is the right choice for you. Talking about things like "I want to find myself!" is a bit weird in a hippie kind of way, and unless you can say something more definite about it that should be avoided.
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    Thanks a lot for the help! I've finished my Personal Statement, and just need to get my reference sorted out as the deadline looms nearer and nearer!

    One more question - on the 'Education' bit do I add Leeds as a college? Even though it'll only show that I was there for a month? That's the bit right at the top of the 'Education' section as well, so it just stands out and looks ugly. I guess I have to, right?
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    (Original post by Morg334)
    Thanks a lot for the help! I've finished my Personal Statement, and just need to get my reference sorted out as the deadline looms nearer and nearer!

    One more question - on the 'Education' bit do I add Leeds as a college? Even though it'll only show that I was there for a month? That's the bit right at the top of the 'Education' section as well, so it just stands out and looks ugly. I guess I have to, right?
    yes.

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