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    hi there. First of all I would like to say that this post is a desperate cry for help and any advice would be great. The other day I was thinking about my what I would put in terms of extra curricular activities on my uni application and weather I was successful in any of them. I couldn't think of any successes at all. I have never ran a single race for my athletics club. I quit playing cricket when I started to get good at it. I've played the guitar for 5 years and haven't even got to a grade 3 yet. I don't know what to do and I feel like ****. Is there anything I can do before I apply to fix this? Is my situation so destitute that there's no point in even trying? Please help me
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    None of this really matters. You need to show that you've done the required work experience and that you have the skills that make a good doctor and can show evidence of them.
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    Yep, who cares.

    Concentrate on meeting the academic and work-experience/non-academic skills requirements.
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    (Original post by Earlofthegrey)
    hi there. First of all I would like to say that this post is a desperate cry for help and any advice would be great. The other day I was thinking about my what I would put in terms of extra curricular activities on my uni application and weather I was successful in any of them. I couldn't think of any successes at all. I have never ran a single race for my athletics club. I quit playing cricket when I started to get good at it. I've played the guitar for 5 years and haven't even got to a grade 3 yet. I don't know what to do and I feel like ****. Is there anything I can do before I apply to fix this? Is my situation so destitute that there's no point in even trying? Please help me
    Hi Earlofthegrey

    Firstly, please don't panic. Extra curricular activities are great to include in your personal statement in order to show that you are an interesting person. However many people dedicate far too much space to this. It should really only make up between 4 and 10 lines of your PS and that should be used tor reflect upon the experiences that you have had and the skills you have gained from them. The ability to do this is far more important than what you have or haven't done.

    You might find you benefit from watching this video which talks about the overall balance of your personal statement and how extra curricular activities fits within that.

    Do give me a shout if you have any questions... I hope that helps.

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    As has been said, it doesn't matter so much what you have achieved in extracurriculars but what you can say about what you have learnt and the transferrable skills you have gained from them. *Which was where a variety of things is useful. *You can make a bronze DofE / a grade 2 in something / being a club member, sound good by describing how they make you a good candidate. *You don't need to be head pupil and have lots of grade 8's and be amazing at everything. *Positive attitude. *Look at selling yourself with what you have.
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    (Original post by Earlofthegrey)
    hi there. First of all I would like to say that this post is a desperate cry for help and any advice would be great. The other day I was thinking about my what I would put in terms of extra curricular activities on my uni application and weather I was successful in any of them. I couldn't think of any successes at all. I have never ran a single race for my athletics club. I quit playing cricket when I started to get good at it. I've played the guitar for 5 years and haven't even got to a grade 3 yet. I don't know what to do and I feel like ****. Is there anything I can do before I apply to fix this? Is my situation so destitute that there's no point in even trying? Please help me
    Doesn't matter, just embellish what you have, everyone does it.

    DO NOT LIE, but with careful wording, you can make what you feel is mediocre sound amazing.

    For example, athelics club, doesn''t matter that you've not done any races, just say somehting like you're in the club because you enjoy maintiaining a healthy lifestyle, no need to mention not doing races. If they ask in interview, you could say you're working up to being able to compete in races/runs etc.

    As for the guitar, you can just say you've achieved grade 2/3 (whichever you're on), don't mention how long you've played for

    of course it doesn't help to just list things you've done/doing, make sure you mention waht you've taken from these things or why you do them to show you can matintain good work/life balance, helps with stress, or mention it allows you to impove xyz skills (which will be useful for doctors)
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    Don't worry, I applied with similar experiences. For a fact you don't need to mention what grade you are in guitar, just saying you play shows you have a hobby outside of school and thats good.

    Edit: Would be much more useful to focus on the ukcat.
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    Thank you so much for all your help. I completely understand where you are all coming from and I feel much better now. It's more important to focus on what you have learned from doing your extra curricular activities as opposed to focusing on what you have achieved doing them. I am going to focus as much as I can on volunteering and of course the UKCAT and BMAT exams and reflect as much as possible on my experiences working in hospital environments, care homes etc...
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    (Original post by Earlofthegrey)
    Thank you so much for all your help. I completely understand where you are all coming from and I feel much better now. It's more important to focus on what you have learned from doing your extra curricular activities as opposed to focusing on what you have achieved doing them. I am going to focus as much as I can on volunteering and of course the UKCAT and BMAT exams and reflect as much as possible on my experiences working in hospital environments, care homes etc...
    That's great that you are feeling better about things.

    That all sounds very positive and like the right way to approach things.

    Feel free to give me a shout if you would like any advise on preparing for your UKCAT and BMAT... always happy to help.

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    (Original post by Earlofthegrey)
    hi there. First of all I would like to say that this post is a desperate cry for help and any advice would be great. The other day I was thinking about my what I would put in terms of extra curricular activities on my uni application and weather I was successful in any of them. I couldn't think of any successes at all. I have never ran a single race for my athletics club. I quit playing cricket when I started to get good at it. I've played the guitar for 5 years and haven't even got to a grade 3 yet. I don't know what to do and I feel like ****. Is there anything I can do before I apply to fix this? Is my situation so destitute that there's no point in even trying? Please help me
    The majority of those applying for medicine at some point in their application feel like they're going to fail and not get in. Speaking from experience, I thought I was going to get rejected from all my unis until the day I got my first offer and had already planned my gap year. It's okay, it will be fine in the end, focus on the good parts of your application and don't compare yourself with what other people might have written in their personal statement or their achievements. You don't need to have lots and lots of extracurricular activities, one of my friends simply said in her interview that she bakes in her spare time to destress. Focus on really reflecting from what you've learnt from your volunteering and work experience and you can put in a sentence that you play the guitar and cricket. you don't have to be grade 8 to play something and enjoy it. The only reason they care about extracurriculars is so they can see that you have something to do besides studying otherwise you'll go mad, they don't care what grade you are in it. If you play the guitar or cricket and you become less stressed and enjoy it then that's good enough for them.
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    (Original post by Earlofthegrey)
    hi there. First of all I would like to say that this post is a desperate cry for help and any advice would be great. The other day I was thinking about my what I would put in terms of extra curricular activities on my uni application and weather I was successful in any of them. I couldn't think of any successes at all. I have never ran a single race for my athletics club. I quit playing cricket when I started to get good at it. I've played the guitar for 5 years and haven't even got to a grade 3 yet. I don't know what to do and I feel like ****. Is there anything I can do before I apply to fix this? Is my situation so destitute that there's no point in even trying? Please help me
    The majority of those applying for medicine at some point in their application feel like they're going to fail and not get in. Speaking from experience, I thought I was going to get rejected from all my unis until the day I got my first offer and had already planned my gap year. It's okay, it will be fine in the end, focus on the good parts of your application and don't compare yourself with what other people might have written in their personal statement or their achievements. You don't need to have lots and lots of extracurricular activities, one of my friends simply said in her interview that she bakes in her spare time to destress. Focus on really reflecting from what you've learnt from your volunteering and work experience and you can put in a sentence that you play the guitar and cricket. you don't have to be grade 8 to play something and enjoy it. The only reason they care about extracurriculars is so they can see that you have something to do besides studying otherwise you'll go mad, they don't care what grade you are in it. If you play the guitar or cricket and you become less stressed and enjoy it then that's good enough for them.
 
 
 
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