Mention "Mechanical" in an Engineering personal statement?

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    Hello everyone, I will be applying for Engineering at Cambridge which is a general course. However I am also applying to 4 other universities specifically for Mechanical Engineering.

    SO my question: If I say specifically that I want to study Mechanical Engineering in my personal statement will Cambridge have a problem with that since they are general for 2 years? so could they thin that I am not versatile enough and that I will be lacking other skills and knowledge like electronics for example?

    But then if I just mention Engineering wouldn't other universities like Imperial think that I am not specific enough and that I don't know what I want to do (even though I do)?

    It's just a bit of a dilemma. I honestly believe that mentioning Mechanical Engineering shouldn't be a problem and in fact shows that I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do. But then, I have never applied to Cambridge before so I wouldn't know exactly what they want.

    N.B. Before you say anything I wouldn't like to go solely for what suits Cambridge the best since I haven't even decided yet where exactly I want to go. i.e. I don't want to hinder the chances of getting into other unis just to satisfy one of them.

    Thank you very much!
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    I don't think they'd be a problem -- English Literature students will not have read every book, Law students won't have every case memorised. One can't find every aspect of their subject interesting, or be equally good at all of it, and will naturally have a preferred sub field. I'm sure Cambridge will be able to guess your capabilities for the rest of the course based on your grades :-) Best of luck!
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    (Original post by clfm10)
    Hello everyone, I will be applying for Engineering at Cambridge which is a general course. However I am also applying to 4 other universities specifically for Mechanical Engineering.

    SO my question: If I say specifically that I want to study Mechanical Engineering in my personal statement will Cambridge have a problem with that since they are general for 2 years? so could they thin that I am not versatile enough and that I will be lacking other skills and knowledge like electronics for example?

    But then if I just mention Engineering wouldn't other universities like Imperial think that I am not specific enough and that I don't know what I want to do (even though I do)?

    It's just a bit of a dilemma. I honestly believe that mentioning Mechanical Engineering shouldn't be a problem and in fact shows that I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do. But then, I have never applied to Cambridge before so I wouldn't know exactly what they want.

    N.B. Before you say anything I wouldn't like to go solely for what suits Cambridge the best since I haven't even decided yet where exactly I want to go. i.e. I don't want to hinder the chances of getting into other unis just to satisfy one of them.

    Thank you very much!
    They Are well aware personal statements are read by other 4 universities you apply to. So write it in the way that tailored for the courses at other unis.
    If you want to write something specific for Cambridge, you'll have SAQ to do that.

    Also, Cambridge is not interested in what and how you do in extra-curricular that's not related to the course you're applying for, but other universities may be. So don't just write about academic stuff.
    80:20 = academic: non-academic is thought to be a good balance.
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    (Original post by Anna.Karenina)
    I don't think they'd be a problem -- English Literature students will not have read every book, Law students won't have every case memorised. One can't find every aspect of their subject interesting, or be equally good at all of it, and will naturally have a preferred sub field. I'm sure Cambridge will be able to guess your capabilities for the rest of the course based on your grades :-) Best of luck!
    Thank you very much! Yeah this is basically what I was thinking so hopefully that is the case. I do mention in my conclusion some pretty specific things about Mechanical Engineering so it might be an idea to make it a little more general but to be honest I think this is a good thing because, one day, we will have to specialise anyway. Thanks very much!

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    They Are well aware personal statements are read by other 4 universities you apply to. So write it in the way that tailored for the courses at other unis.
    If you want to write something specific for Cambridge, you'll have SAQ to do that.

    Also, Cambridge is not interested in what and how you do in extra-curricular that's not related to the course you're applying for, but other universities may be. So don't just write about academic stuff.
    80:20 = academic: non-academic is thought to be a good balance.
    Thanks! I think that should be fine then, specially because Mechanical Engineering is very general anyway so even if I talk about topics which I like from that field they will still be applicable to all other types of engineering.

    On the topic of SAQ, I have read some guidance documents online and it looks pretty straight forward. But just how detailed and carefully should we fill it in? I mean, filling in the UCAS application has been a pretty detailed process where everything you say (including in your personal statement) has to be reviewed and checked just to make sure that it is perfect. Is the SAQ like that or is it more casual considering they only give 7 days to complete it? Also is the additional personal statement advisable?

    Thank you and sorry for so many questions!
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    (Original post by clfm10)
    Thank you very much! Yeah this is basically what I was thinking so hopefully that is the case. I do mention in my conclusion some pretty specific things about Mechanical Engineering so it might be an idea to make it a little more general but to be honest I think this is a good thing because, one day, we will have to specialise anyway. Thanks very much!



    Thanks! I think that should be fine then, specially because Mechanical Engineering is very general anyway so even if I talk about topics which I like from that field they will still be applicable to all other types of engineering.

    On the topic of SAQ, I have read some guidance documents online and it looks pretty straight forward. But just how detailed and carefully should we fill it in? I mean, filling in the UCAS application has been a pretty detailed process where everything you say (including in your personal statement) has to be reviewed and checked just to make sure that it is perfect. Is the SAQ like that or is it more casual considering they only give 7 days to complete it? Also is the additional personal statement advisable?

    Thank you and sorry for so many questions!
    The additional personal statement is entirely optional. But your situation is exactly when you should be using it... you are applying for MechEng elsewhere so you can talk about "general" Engineering in the SAQ. That's what it's for

    And you don't have "only" 7 days to complete it. They usually send you a link to the SAQ pretty much the day after they receive your UCAS application.

    Edit to add: an Engineering DoS told me that many people change their mind about their originally intended specialisation during the Cambridge course.

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    (Original post by jneill)
    The additional personal statement is entirely optional. But your situation is exactly when you should be using it... you are applying for MechEng elsewhere so you can talk about "general" Engineering in the SAQ. That's what it's for

    And you don't have "only" 7 days to complete it. They usually send you a link to the SAQ pretty much the day after they receive your UCAS application.

    Edit to add: an Engineering DoS told me that many people change their mind about their originally intended specialisation during the Cambridge course.

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    Thanks very much! I think I will definitely write the additional ps. Something like: ME is my preferred choice but it being a general course gives me flexibility etc.
    In that case I think that my personal statement is good as it is then!

    Thanks again!
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    (Original post by clfm10)
    Thanks very much! I think I will definitely write the additional ps. Something like: ME is my preferred choice but it being a general course gives me flexibility etc.
    In that case I think that my personal statement is good as it is then!

    Thanks again!
    In the SAQ I personally wouldn't write ME is your *preferred* course... you aren't applying for ME.
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    (Original post by jneill)
    In the SAQ I personally wouldn't write ME is your *preferred* course... you aren't applying for ME.
    Right hahaha thanks for this!
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    (Original post by clfm10)
    Hello everyone, I will be applying for Engineering at Cambridge which is a general course. However I am also applying to 4 other universities specifically for Mechanical Engineering.

    SO my question: If I say specifically that I want to study Mechanical Engineering in my personal statement will Cambridge have a problem with that since they are general for 2 years? so could they thin that I am not versatile enough and that I will be lacking other skills and knowledge like electronics for example?

    But then if I just mention Engineering wouldn't other universities like Imperial think that I am not specific enough and that I don't know what I want to do (even though I do)?

    It's just a bit of a dilemma. I honestly believe that mentioning Mechanical Engineering shouldn't be a problem and in fact shows that I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do. But then, I have never applied to Cambridge before so I wouldn't know exactly what they want.

    N.B. Before you say anything I wouldn't like to go solely for what suits Cambridge the best since I haven't even decided yet where exactly I want to go. i.e. I don't want to hinder the chances of getting into other unis just to satisfy one of them.

    Thank you very much!
    Just wanted to add that I was in a similar position last year but with Civil Engineering - I used the SAQ to explain why I thought Cambridge's course would benefit me and left my personal statement specific to Civil.

    It worked and I'm starting next October after doing a year in industry!

    Good luck with everything else
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    (Original post by ab66)
    Just wanted to add that I was in a similar position last year but with Civil Engineering - I used the SAQ to explain why I thought Cambridge's course would benefit me and left my personal statement specific to Civil.

    It worked and I'm starting next October after doing a year in industry!

    Good luck with everything else
    Thank you very much for this! I have decided I will leave it as it is (specific to ME) and then talk about the benefits of a general course on the SAQ like you did.

    Thanks and good luck to you too! Might see you there soon ;P
 
 
 
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