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    I completed my high school in 2015, however, for the past year I have been away from education. I am applying to study maths at St. John's for the 2017 session. Now, the reason I haven't continued my education is that I was addicted to drugs for the past one and a half year and I have only become sober in the last month. Since, the uni would probably want to know why I have been away from education, should I mention my addiction as a reason in the personal statement or should I simply say that it's personal and leave it a bit ambiguous?
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    Of course you should state it honestly. They will want to know what you have done since 2015.
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    (Original post by Shrayansh)
    I completed my high school in 2015, however, for the past year I have been away from education. I am applying to study maths at St. John's for the 2017 session. Now, the reason I haven't continued my education is that I was addicted to drugs for the past one and a half year and I have only become sober in the last month. Since, the uni would probably want to know why I have been away from education, should I mention my addiction as a reason in the personal statement or should I simply say that it's personal and leave it a bit ambiguous?
    Ask a Cambridge admissions tutor here:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4327946

    My personal view is this would not go in a personal statement at all. The PS is about your passion for your subject.

    This situation would instead be in an ECF (extenuating circumstances form). Assuming it has interrupted your A-levels or equivalent.
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    I wouldn't mention it at all, there is no set age to pursue a bachelor's so it's not very relevant, focus on why the course is right for you.
 
 
 
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