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    I'm dropping out due to the course turning out to being wrong for me and subsequently suffering from depression, etc. etc.

    I'm reapplying to other universities now for the 2013 admissions cycle, but what I want to know is what sort of thing should I write on my personal statement to address the reason why I dropped out so that it doesn't harm my chances of being accepted?

    Also, I want to get a reference from my Maths teacher from school as it's more relevant to my new course and I had him for 4 years, whereas my tutor on my current course I've only spoken to a couple of times about the issues I was having and my plans to reapply elsewhere, and hence does not know me so well.

    Would universities prefer a reference from my tutor from my current university, or would it be better to go for my Maths teacher which I think would be best?
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    You talk about positive things. So you can talk about study skills you've learnt, or topics you've studied that you really loved.

    A reference from whichever will be fine. If unis want a reference from your uni tutor and you've supplied your maths teacher they can always ask you for it later.

    Firstly, you also need to be VERY honest with yourself.

    1) Is this depression being treated and 'under control'? If it isnt, you are likely to go through exactly the same experience at any other uniall over again.

    2) Was it really the course - or the whole experience of 'being at Uni'?

    3) Are you certain you have made a more sensible course choice this time?

    Dont talk about your depression/drop out beyond stating that you completed ... number of weeks, and dropped out 'for personal reasons' which are noe dealt with and you are confident you are now in a position to make a success of your studies.

    If the Uni get any hint that you are 'unstable' they will (rightly) hesitate about making you an offer. University is demanding emotionally and if you arent up to it, they dont want to have to pick up the pieces when you fall apart again. Like I asid - be VERY honest with yourself about whether going to Uni at all really is a good idea. You can always go later in life - it isnt 'now or never'.
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