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    I'm having real trouble writing my personal statement, mostly because I've never done anything outside of school that would be relevant to my course (unless you count a Philosophy Club in year 10 and NCS, but I can't relate them to my course). What should I do? Should I just hyper focus on my academic work? Or should I make it up a little? I really have no idea.

    I'm taking a Science BTEC, and applying for Biomedical Science. I was also thinking of writing about a trip to CERN in high school, which was really educational and interesting, but since I'm not applying for a Physics course, would this look like I don't understand the course?
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    Not everything in your personal statement has to be directly related to your course. You can talk about extra curricular things you've done and relate the skills you've learnt/used in those activities to skills that will be helpful for the course. Extra stuff that isn't related also makes you sound like you don't just get home from school and sit on your bum all the time.
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    Your main focus should be on your course, with a bit of extra curricular stuff. You could do some reading/watch some lectures online around the subject, and talk about why they interested you
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    Echoing the above. Plus, it's important to start doing something extracurricular. Not because we think it's the done thing, but because if you want to break into something in later years at college/uni/local, you'll find it much easier if you've had some experience in it. Plus it's a good line or so of your Personal Statement and something interesting to talk about at interview, something you're familiar with and can talk about in a relaxed and fluent way.
 
 
 
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