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    Hi,
    I'm currently writing my personal statement to apply for Biology at university. Due to mental health issues my secondary education is very scattered and splotchy.

    I attended one secondary school until partway through year 8, when my issues escalated and i found myself unable to leave the house. I then attended a grammar school during year 9, hoping that a change of surrounding would ease my anxiety. This wasn't the case and i only attended for a few weeks in the first term. Because of the cost of paying for a school i wasn't attending, my parents pulled me out and managed to get me a place back at y previous secondary. I attended this school for years 10 and 11, during which time i was unable to join the general populous due to my head being a shed, and was placed in a 'sheltered' classroom and taught one on one by teachers. Because of these problems i only attained GCSEs in Maths, English Language, English Literature and a Science Double Award. After l;leaving and entering college my mental issues gradually faded and i would consider myself 'better'.

    My question is this.
    Should i totally gloss over this in my personal statement?

    I feel that the one on one tutoring, the time for independent learning, the fact i passed the entrance exam for the grammar school - beating the scores of year 11 students while i was 13 - and getting 5 A-Cs at GCSE despite the upheaval in my life have all been brilliant opportunities and achievements, but with universities being the institutions that they are, i feel that they will frown upon my patchy education.

    Thankyou.
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    (Original post by Ganx)
    Hi,
    I'm currently writing my personal statement to apply for Biology at university. Due to mental health issues my secondary education is very scattered and splotchy.

    I attended one secondary school until partway through year 8, when my issues escalated and i found myself unable to leave the house. I then attended a grammar school during year 9, hoping that a change of surrounding would ease my anxiety. This wasn't the case and i only attended for a few weeks in the first term. Because of the cost of paying for a school i wasn't attending, my parents pulled me out and managed to get me a place back at y previous secondary. I attended this school for years 10 and 11, during which time i was unable to join the general populous due to my head being a shed, and was placed in a 'sheltered' classroom and taught one on one by teachers. Because of these problems i only attained GCSEs in Maths, English Language, English Literature and a Science Double Award. After l;leaving and entering college my mental issues gradually faded and i would consider myself 'better'.

    My question is this.
    Should i totally gloss over this in my personal statement?

    I feel that the one on one tutoring, the time for independent learning, the fact i passed the entrance exam for the grammar school - beating the scores of year 11 students while i was 13 - and getting 5 A-Cs at GCSE despite the upheaval in my life have all been brilliant opportunities and achievements, but with universities being the institutions that they are, i feel that they will frown upon my patchy education.

    Thankyou.
    This would probably best be covered by your referee.
 
 
 
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