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UCAS releases hackneyed PS opening sentence league table Watch

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    1 "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
    and if you were thinking about using a cute quotation to start with

    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.
    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%

    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.

    Having looked back on my personal statement, it was highly cringy and pretentious, but at least it was completely unique.

    "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.

    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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