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    I've just started to write it and have two weeks (should've started earlier������)...


    Any other tips would be greatly appreciated:-)

    Cheers all!


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    (Original post by Tomh97)
    I've just started to write it and have two weeks (should've started earlier😳)...

    I have some questions that I would greatly appreciate to be answered😊

    1. I want to mention books I've read (in search of Schrödinger's cat and six easy pieces) but should I expand and say what I found interesting in the book?

    2. My fascination with physics began in an unorthodox manner... Primarily though the Big Bang theory... Should I mention this or is it a bit 'silly'!"?

    3. What other stuff can/should I mention? Musical talent? DofE? Bronze award in maths challenge?

    Any other tips would be greatly appreciated:-)

    Cheers all!


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    Hello,

    1. Yes. You need to explain what you found interesting and why and why it made you want to study the subject at degree level.

    2. Yes it is!! This is a professional and formal application and needs to be treated such. You need to show a specific academic interest in the subject. Give examples of things that have interested you from your reading studies or any work experience give done in the field.

    3. Extra curriculars need only be a short para of no more than 100 words with a focus on relevant transferable skills gained. Stick to things you've done over the last two years.

    Most of your statement should be about your academic interest in the subject and should demonstrate an understanding of what studying physics at uni and working in the field is about.


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    Let's put it like this. I'm an academic at a university and if I were reading your statement I'd think either this person is not taking this seriously or genuinely thinks that studying physics at university is like the Big Bang theory. Is that the impression you want to leave with your limited chance to make a good first impression through your statement?


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    (Original post by alleycat393)
    Let's put it like this. I'm an academic at a university and if I were reading your statement I'd think either this person is not taking this seriously or genuinely thinks that studying physics at university is like the Big Bang theory. Is that the impression you want to leave with your limited chance to make a good first impression through your statement?


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    I can see if you write about it in the wrong way it can seem stupid but I think it seems better than the usual bull**** story that people were interested in physics since the age of 5 and stuff like that. If I elaborate and mention the books I've read, the articles I read and my membership to the IOP don't you think they'll realise I'm not studying physics to live an artificial life seen on television?


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    (Original post by alleycat393)
    Let's put it like this. I'm an academic at a university and if I were reading your statement I'd think either this person is not taking this seriously or genuinely thinks that studying physics at university is like the Big Bang theory. Is that the impression you want to leave with your limited chance to make a good first impression through your statement?


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    Don't think I was as clear in my last reply.

    Don't you think it depends on how you write about it? If you say 'I want to study physics because I watched the Big Bang theory', that would obviously show the admissions tutor you think you're going to live a life exactly like they do on television and have no interest in physics.

    However if you say it sparked your interest in physics which led to further reading and master classes wouldn't they think he obviously wants to do physics?


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    A ps is supposed to be formal professional and show your academic interest in the subject. Talking about an American tv show or a 5 year olds interest in physics doesn't fit those bills. It sounds like you have enough academic stuff to talk about anyway so I don't see why the Big Bang theory is still so important to include. Anyway I've advised you based on my experience but it's your ps so it's up to you. Good luck!


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    (Original post by Tomh97)
    Don't think I was as clear in my last reply.

    Don't you think it depends on how you write about it? If you say 'I want to study physics because I watched the Big Bang theory', that would obviously show the admissions tutor you think you're going to live a life exactly like they do on television and have no interest in physics.

    However if you say it sparked your interest in physics which led to further reading and master classes wouldn't they think he obviously wants to do physics?


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    It is your PS - you can decide to ignore the advice you have been given here if you wish.

    While it is possible to produce a good PS that starts off with a reference to a TV show it is extremely rare and very difficult. If you think you can pull it off then feel free but tbh I agree with the other PS advisers - you would be better to skip over what first sparked your interest and to get straight into the nitty gritty of what you like about it now.

    Edit: remember you might love the series but the member of staff who reads your PS might LOATHE it, they might dislike the humour, they might think it paints a completely cliched picture of physicists, they might think it gives a very misleading idea of the life of an academic. Using it as your opening into the subject is a risky strategy.
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    Ah well I'll leave it out then. Thanks for the feedback!😊


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    Hello,

    1. Yes. You need to explain what you found interesting and why and why it made you want to study the subject at degree level.

    2. Yes it is!! This is a professional and formal application and needs to be treated such. You need to show a specific academic interest in the subject. Give examples of things that have interested you from your reading studies or any work experience give done in the field.

    3. Extra curriculars need only be a short para of no more than 100 words with a focus on relevant transferable skills gained. Stick to things you've done over the last two years.

    Most of your statement should be about your academic interest in the subject and should demonstrate an understanding of what studying physics at uni and working in the field is about.


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    Hey, I was wondering how employable is a biochemistry degrees? What career prospects are available?
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    Any science degree is very employable. You gain a load of skills which can be applied to a range of different jobs though if you want to stay in science you will need at least a masters if not a PhD.
 
 
 
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