I dropped out of uni in March of this year where I was studying BA Psychology at Strathclyde. That part wasn't my issue as I had chosen elective subjects (English and Italian) that I found out couldn't be changed. From the beginning of the year I hated English and I knew that I didn't wish to continue with it for the rest of my time at uni. I decided that I would complete the year and change my subjects in second year but I found out that this wasn't possible and I was told that I would have to take English for another year which I didn't want to do as I was struggling and had no desire to pursue it. I spoke to my advisor and the head of the HaSS department/faculty members who deal with this sort of thing and long story short after an unsuccessful transfer I made the decision to completely withdraw from the uni and reapply for the next year of entry.
Its now the time where I'm getting ready to send off my application to study Psychology at other universities and I have my reference etc sorted from one of my previous lecturers. The only issue is that I'm unsure of whether I should mention dropping out in my personal statement as it could potentially affect my chances of getting back in. I currently have a full time job which has passed the time in between leaving and reapplying but I would hopefully like to return to uni again in September 2017 so I want to give my best shot at getting in.
Personally I wouldn't mind mentioning having studied at uni before because I do think that it benefited me a lot and made me realise what I would actually like to study and helped me learn from it. I've heard a lot of mixed opinions on mentioning it though and I was just wondering if anyone has experienced this before or has any sort of advice they could give me?
Reapplying to university
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- 18-10-2016 15:24
- 18-10-2016 15:36
A lot of people drop out of university for various reasons and then reapply, so I would assume it would not be something unusual for someone in Admissions to see in a personal statement. I would ensure that I properly discussed the reason why I dropped out and talking about how you pursued all your options. You could also just briefly mention that you studied at university then dropped out, and then focusing on other elements.
Talk about how you comfortably studied at that level, found the course really interesting etc. Ensure that the emphasise is not on how you dropped out and more about what you got out of the course and why you want to go back to university to study it. That is personally, how I would go about doing it.
Everyone is most likely going to have a different opinion, there will be no right or wrong answer. Some universities may be concerned whilst others may not. Go for the option which you feel provides you with the stronger personal statement, even if that means writing two personal statements with different focal points, and then working from there. You could always contact the universities and discuss it with them, I myself have reached out to universities to discuss my personal statement and received very helpful advice - I was contacting them to see how I should best provide them with my portfolio.