and if you were thinking about using a cute quotation to start with1 "From a young age I have (always) been [interested in/fascinated by]…" 1,779
2 "For as long as I can remember I have…" 1,451
3 "I am applying for this course because…" 1,370
4 "I have always been interested in…" 927
5 "Throughout my life I have always enjoyed…" 310
6 "Reflecting on my educational experiences…" 257
7 "Nursing is a very challenging and demanding [career/profession/course]…" 211
8 "Academically, I have always been…" 168
9 "I have always wanted to pursue a career in…" 160
10 "I have always been passionate about…" 160
first thought... it's not that serious really, there's something like 700,000 applicants and about 7000 of them made the top 10 - it's only about 1%At number 11, the Nelson Mandela's quote "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world…" was used by 148 people.
the notorious flaming pajama incident was repeated in 234 statements
Given teachers seem to be in the dark about what's expected of a PS it seems rather cruel to be asking 700000 18 yo applicants to produce a PS without any real guidance about what's expected or how it should be marked and then start mocking them for sounding like each other.
UCAS releases hackneyed PS opening sentence league table Watch
- Thread Starter
- 22-04-2016 05:37
- 22-04-2016 06:02
Having looked back on my personal statement, it was highly cringy and pretentious, but at least it was completely unique.
- 22-04-2016 07:41
"Pursuing a career" is a personal bugbear of mine: it suggests you are chasing after the coat tails of something just beyond your grasp, and as such, best omitted. It's also usually misspelt as 'persue', which is a further transgression.
- 22-04-2016 08:00
Basically "since I was in my mama's belly, all I ever wanted was to" - you'd have thought that people would realise how boringly cliche this is. Seriously.
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