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    Hello everyone,

    Firstly I am NOT going to put it in because it is too risky. (#clickbait)

    I am applying for Computer Science, a course which requires plenty of logical problem solving.

    But i thought it would make a good controversial debate as i have had quite a few people say i should do it and a few people say I shouldn't.
    My form tutor thought it was impressive and said "why not?".

    So say if you would think it would be a good idea or a bad idea and why

    Also give me a shout if you're a fellow cuber
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    It's a bad idea

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    Maybe if you're doing Rubik Cube Studies it will be useful
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    yeah i am currently looking at that course, not sure about the employ ability thought :/
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    (Original post by AdRiAnRsT)
    "why not?".
    You can tell your teacher the answer is very simple: this information tells the university nothing about your potential to study at university or about why you are interested in the subject you want to apply for. Not being both relevant and positive, it has no place in your PS.
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    also should mention that i am applying for computer science
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    (Original post by AdRiAnRsT)
    Hello everyone,

    Firstly I am NOT going to put it in because it is too risky. (#clickbait)

    But i thought it would make a good controversial debate as i have had quite a few people say i should do it and a few people say I shouldn't.
    My head of year thought it was impressive and said "why not?".

    So say if you would think it would be a good idea or a bad idea and why

    Also give me a shout if you're a fellow cuber
    What are you applying for?

    Computer Science (and similar mathsy type courses) or Dentistry I can see how it could be relevant depending on the context.
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    (Original post by PQ)
    What are you applying for?

    Computer Science (and similar mathsy type courses) or Dentistry I can see how it could be relevant depending on the context.
    computer science
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    You can tell your teacher the answer is very simple: this information tells the university nothing about your potential to study at university or about why you are interested in the subject you want to apply for. Not being both relevant and positive, it has no place in your PS.
    Thats the glaring point why i am not putting it in, his argument was that it can be a fun little memorable bit at the end of the hobbies section
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    (Original post by AdRiAnRsT)
    computer science
    Talking about solving rubiks cube as a hobby (and the algorithms involved in that) would be relevant then. Mentioning that you've worked to a specific speed of solving as an aside within that isn't going to do any damage (although bear in mind you might find that it isn't as impressive as you think when compared to CompSci admissions staff who grew up in the early 80s )
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    (Original post by PQ)
    Talking about solving rubiks cube as a hobby (and the algorithms involved in that) would be relevant then. Mentioning that you've worked to a specific speed of solving as an aside within that isn't going to do any damage (although bear in mind you might find that it isn't as impressive as you think when compared to CompSci admissions staff who grew up in the early 80s )
    Very good point, another argument for would be that it isnt an easy thing to do at speed and takes a fair amount of focus and ability to learn multiple sets of moves.
    I was also told that if i do put it in i would have to make sure i had a sub 20s average, to secure the impressiveness!
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    (Original post by PQ)
    Talking about solving rubiks cube as a hobby (and the algorithms involved in that) would be relevant then. Mentioning that you've worked to a specific speed of solving as an aside within that isn't going to do any damage (although bear in mind you might find that it isn't as impressive as you think when compared to CompSci admissions staff who grew up in the early 80s )
    The 80's ones were as stiff as old leather compared to the ones they make now
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    (Original post by AdRiAnRsT)
    Very good point, another argument for would be that it isnt an easy thing to do at speed and takes a fair amount of focus and ability to learn multiple sets of moves.
    I was also told that if i do put it in i would have to make sure i had a sub 20s average, to secure the impressiveness!
    I'd say the point isn't the speed (or whether it's impressive or not) but to demonstrate something you're interested in that employs algorithmic solutions. And that you're interested enough to spend free time practising and improving....Your PS isn't about boasting about how great you are - it's about giving admissions staff an understanding of your interests and your approach to your subject.
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    (Original post by Joinedup)
    The 80's ones were as stiff as old leather compared to the ones they make now
    I always cheated and peeled off the stickers :o:
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    FWIW this isn't that unusual as an inclusion on PSs
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...Mathematics_36 is from 2011 or earlier
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=2872229 from 2014
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    (Original post by PQ)
    I'd say the point isn't the speed (or whether it's impressive or not) but to demonstrate something you're interested in that employs algorithmic solutions. And that you're interested enough to spend free time practising and improving....Your PS isn't about boasting about how great you are - it's about giving admissions staff an understanding of your interests and your approach to your subject.
    That's some helpful advice for general PS writing, ignoring all the Rubik's cube stuff. You have to be careful not to cross the fine line between writing an academic insight to your personality and a 4000 charecter long instagram bio
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    (Original post by PQ)
    I always cheated and peeled off the stickers :o:
    The modern 'speed cubes' are so springy, you can just pull the pieces out and build it into its solved state, next level cheating
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    (Original post by PQ)
    FWIW this isn't that unusual as an inclusion on PSs
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...Mathematics_36 is from 2011 or earlier
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=2872229 from 2014
    Its obvious it has a place in specific PSs but it think the trick is implementing it right.
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    As a "fun little memorable bit at the end of the hobbies section" it's absolutely fine.
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    Hey fellow cuber, I'm also applying to uni in a couple weeks but I'm not mentioning cubing either. I don't think it has much relevance in a personal statement, and there are more impressive things to mention. I guess if you have 100+ algs in your head and are averaging less than 13 seconds, or you can solve blindfolded, then it may look good.
 
 
 
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