How do you start a personal statement?

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    Hi, I'm attempting to write a personal statement for my university application, but I am struggling with how to start it. I'm looking to study Politics and International Relations. Any other advice will also be welcome! Thanks.
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    An insight you have to offer about your subject is a good way to start. Talk about how much you would relish the opportunity to study the subject and what you have to offer. Good luck.

    EDIT: You need to sell yourself. Don't do anything to self-deprecate.
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    In West Philadelphia born and raised....
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    Avoid- references to how you have been interested in the subject 'since I was young' or whatever. Don't be too gushy. Say something broad about what studying this really means to you, then in later paragraphs go more specific with examples.
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    (Original post by AlexFam)
    An insight you have to offer about your subject is a good way to start. Talk about how much you would relish the opportunity to study the subject and what you have to offer. Good luck.

    EDIT: You need to sell yourself. Don't do anything to self-deprecate.
    I'll try it out and I'll be sure no to! Thank you 🙂
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    (Original post by pamplemousse.)
    Avoid- references to how you have been interested in the subject 'since I was young' or whatever. Don't be too gushy. Say something broad about what studying this really means to you, then in later paragraphs go more specific with examples.
    I'll try to keep it concise and relevant without clichés. Thanks for the help!
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    It's often easier to write the intro later, or do something really boring like 'I want to study X because...' initially and then edit it
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    (Original post by AKinkAdmirer)
    I thought of the opening to mine while at my job at a riding school. I was on a hack instructing at the time, so no way to write it down. I didn't bother to write it down for months but remembered the general gist of it. I wanted something unusual without being inaccurate so I started with a paragraph about how I became interested in politics, just approaching it from a different angle.

    I did go on to explaining why politics interested me, but I felt this made a more interesting opening.
    I take it that you have already applied?
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    (Original post by *Interrobang*)
    I take it that you have already applied?
    I have. Does this mean you had some critique to offer?
    Had to do everything in a bit of a rush because I only decided to go at the last minute, barely met my college's internal deadline for applications as it was! Oh well.
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    (Original post by AKinkAdmirer)
    I have. Does this mean you had some critique to offer?
    Had to do everything in a bit of a rush because I only decided to go at the last minute, barely met my college's internal deadline for applications as it was! Oh well.
    The main reason I asked is because of the plagiarism check. You shouldn't really post anything of your PS during the application cycle you apply in. It will be cached by google. You MAY be OK, but I don't know. And there's no point in critiquing something that you can't do anything about
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    (Original post by *Interrobang*)
    The main reason I asked is because of the plagiarism check. You shouldn't really post anything of your PS during the application cycle you apply in. It will be cached by google. You MAY be OK, but I don't know. And there's no point in critiquing something that you can't do anything about
    Thank you for telling me, I had no idea! I'll remove it and hope it'll be ok as my application hasn't actually gone through to UCAS, it's currently in the hands of my college. Thanks so much!
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    (Original post by AKinkAdmirer)
    Thank you for telling me, I had no idea! I'll remove it and hope it'll be ok as my application hasn't actually gone through to UCAS, it's currently in the hands of my college. Thanks so much!
    search a line of it in google. If it comes up, I'm afraid it's too late. You'll have to change it. At least it's only a section and not your whole PS
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    (Original post by *Interrobang*)
    search a line of it in google. If it comes up, I'm afraid it's too late. You'll have to change it. At least it's only a section and not your whole PS
    I've searched every line from the section I posted here and got no results so hopefully I'm ok. I'm going to contact UCAS tomorrow anyway just to make sure - I'd rather admit to being an idiot that get knocked for it later on.
 
 
 
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