theconsciousindian
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So I took a gap year last year which was planned, however my a-level results were not, receiving worse results than planned left my only option to be to apply through clearing, this is due to my expected grades this year and the universities I wish to apply to.

Long story short, I went through some personal issues throughout my a-levels which the college I attended was well aware of, and which was one of the main factors for my poor results. The planned gap year was merely so I could have some time and space needed to 'sort myself out'. I did work for some time during my gap year but not much else, I'm only now finishing off my personal statement for 2015 entry but i'm drawing a blank on what to say was the reason for my gap year. Taking a year out has helped me develop as a person and made me able to cope a lot better, but I don't know if that would be an appropriate thing to add into my personal statement.

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You don't need to say why you took a gap year. People take them for all sorts of reasons, Just mention (briefly) what you did on your gap year (unless it's relevant to your course choice, in which case mention it in more detail)
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Focus on any positive aspect that surfaced as a result of your gap year. Did you read any inspiring books? Went to an university open day? Any interesting events/ work experience you learned from? If everything fails and you feel like mentioning your gap year would be a drawback, just don't highlight it and move on to talk about your other motivation for applied to the desired course. Best of luck!
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