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    Hi,

    I'm currently writing my personal statement and just wondering if I should include that my mum was being treated for cancer during my time in year 12?
    It made studying more difficult and added more pressure and stress to my school and home life.
    If I do include it, how much do I write and how do I write about it?

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    As in you are saying it as an explanation of how you didn't do as well as you could've or how it gave you skills ( please excuse that I don't want to seem insensitive I mean time management as well as helping your mum). If it's the former I would say get your school to fill in an exentuating circumstances form to send to unis as you'll get more leniency when they are deciding whether or not to offer you a place. If the latter, you could mention it but be wary of the character limit.
    Also I hope your mum gets better!
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    Hi,

    I'm currently writing my personal statement and just wondering if I should include that my mum was being treated for cancer during my time in year 12?
    It made studying more difficult and added more pressure and stress to my school and home life.
    If I do include it, how much do I write and how do I write about it?

    Thank you.
    Firstly and most importantly, make sure that your teachers put it in your reference. If you decide to put it in your personal statement, I would only mention it very briefly because they can then look at the reference for clarification. If this affected your grades significantly and it's important for universities to take it into consideration then you may wish to put it in your personal statement but make it as concise as possible so you're not limiting the things you can write about why you're applying for your subject, which is really the main point of the personal statement.
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    For my genetics PS I'm talking about my brother's kidney cancer and his transplant and how thats influenced me to go into pediatric medicine if that helps
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    Unless it relates to your choice in course, I wouldn't mention it in your PS and let your referee mention it. This is because it can look like you are writing it for sympathy (even if that's not your intention). If you do mention it, keep it very brief
 
 
 
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