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    Hi,
    I'm about to complete a part-time OU Maths degree, and am in the process of applying to do a full-time taught Masters at a Russell Group uni.

    I dropped out of an undergraduate degree in my 20s (mostly due to personal reasons) in the same subject as the Masters will be (I'm now in my 40s)

    I deeply regret it, and it's been one of the main drivers in doing my current degree, as the long-term plan has always been to get back to the original subject. Ideally I want to progress to doing a PhD.

    I'm currently writing my personal statement, and don't know whether or not to include this information. I'll put the details of my original BSc on the application, so I'm not hiding it, and I'm sure if I am interviewed I'll be asked about it.

    However, the information I've read on personal statements is very much *don't be negative*. I'm not sure if this will come across as negative (i.e. I failed), or positive (using the failure for inspiration, as is the case).

    So, should I include it, or not?

    Thanks for any comments.
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    I would, briefly, but spin it to be positive in one or two sentences. Don't waste word count on it. I like your suggested wording.

    I was in a similar position, mentioned my first attempt at a degree and dealt with it like that in my PS. I got in.
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    Thanks, that's really useful. Also, congrats on getting in!
 
 
 
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