The first thing the interviewer said with regard to my Personal Statement was "wow, you've done a lot - how have you managed to fit all that in to 19 years?"....I took that as complimentary, and she said she liked the fact that I showed enthusiasm for life in general, whilst at the same time being committed to my chosen area of study (Computer Science).
lots about out of school experiences as i went on a trip/project thing to norway to met other students from germany, norway and italy. also one of my teacher who has a english degree re-wrote it out for me.
is this really that important??
I started by relating all the my A Level (and AS) subjects to my chosen degree - Law. So, my study of English and German have given my good knowledge of how language is constucted and used which is vital for the study of Law etc.
I'm pretty sure they like to see work experience as it goes along with the whole 'passion for the subject' thing. I shadowed a solicitor for just one day but I was able to say 'I arranged some work experience' (I didn't lie!) and I talked about visiting both the Crown and the Magistrates courts and how I observed barristers and court officials in their daily business which supported my interest in the subject.
I also made it clear that I was suitable for a career in law because of my confidence in speaking in front of others (drama) and my ability to work systematically etc.
The fact that I can speak 3 languages.
I just wrote about why I liked physics... didn't try to do something to "make it stand out". I figured they read through hundreds of them trying to sound good and impressive, perhaps mine would stand out by being normal.