Adding Volunteering, DofE and World Challenge Info in PS Watch

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Hi there,

I'm writing my personal statement for Computer Science, but I am unsure about how much I should write about my experiences with volunteering, DofE and World Challenge to my personal statement.

It is hard to relate it back to Computer Science, but I do know that it is nice to add volunteering experiences to a personal statement.

Any help is appreciated!

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(Original post by Toy Soldiers)
Hi there,

I'm writing my personal statement for Computer Science, but I am unsure about how much I should write about my experiences with volunteering, DofE and World Challenge to my personal statement.

It is hard to relate it back to Computer Science, but I do know that it is nice to add volunteering experiences to a personal statement.

Any help is appreciated!

Thanks
- Toy
Hi,

Where are you thinking of applying to? Some universities love that kind of stuff whilst others couldn't care less!

Oscar
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Hi,

Where are you thinking of applying to? Some universities love that kind of stuff whilst others couldn't care less!

Oscar
I'm thinking of applying to Cardiff, Brighton, Reading and Swansea at the moment. I'm not too sure how to find out whether which universities like those types of experiences added to a personal statement.
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(Original post by Toy Soldiers)
I'm thinking of applying to Cardiff, Brighton, Reading and Swansea at the moment. I'm not too sure how to find out whether which universities like those types of experiences added to a personal statement.
Sorry I don't know much about any of your choices! All I can say that is useful is the fact that only Oxbridge are so negative about non academic items within a personal statement and also no matter where you apply you should aim to have a personal statement that is 80% academic.
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It only needs to be a short bit (4 lines in total) and you don't need to make tenuous links to your course
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Sorry I don't know much about any of your choices! All I can say that is useful is the fact that only Oxbridge are so negative about non academic items within a personal statement and also no matter where you apply you should aim to have a personal statement that is 80% academic.
It's fine. Thanks for telling me that it should be 80% academic. Seems I've added a bit too much, maybe because of the fact that I've done loads. Shame it all cannot be on there though.

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It only needs to be a short bit (4 lines in total) and you don't need to make tenuous links to your course
Thanks for the information. I didn't know that it would be that small, and it's even harder to make the personal statement even more academic. It's good that I don't need to make tenuous links but I guess it's good to have it as I've said that, for example, DofE has improved teamwork, therefore it can perform well in terms of practical projects.
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It's fine. Thanks for telling me that it should be 80% academic. Seems I've added a bit too much, maybe because of the fact that I've done loads. Shame it all cannot be on there though.



Thanks for the information. I didn't know that it would be that small, and it's even harder to make the personal statement even more academic. It's good that I don't need to make tenuous links but I guess it's good to have it as I've said that, for example, DofE has improved teamwork, therefore it can perform well in terms of practical projects.
Yeah you really don't want it anymore than that as it should be obvious that the main reason you are applying to the uni is study something you love doing.
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(Original post by Oscar Goldsmith)
Sorry I don't know much about any of your choices! All I can say that is useful is the fact that only Oxbridge are so negative about non academic items within a personal statement and also no matter where you apply you should aim to have a personal statement that is 80% academic.
Actually, Cambridge say:

"Applicants should write first about their interest in their subject,
their wider reading and other ways in which they have explored
their subject (~70%), and secondly about extra-curricular
activities and positions of responsibility (~30%)"

http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...licants_v2.pdf
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Yeah you really don't want it anymore than that as it should be obvious that the main reason you are applying to the uni is study something you love doing.
Yeah, I completely agree with you. Its just that little bit extra to improve your chances.



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Actually, Cambridge say:

"Applicants should write first about their interest in their subject,
their wider reading and other ways in which they have explored
their subject (~70%), and secondly about extra-curricular
activities and positions of responsibility (~30%)"

http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...licants_v2.pdf
I find this really interesting. Guess its not all about being a bookworm when it comes to Cambridge, or any other university in fact.
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