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    How much of the personal statement can you reasonably devote to talking about your hobbies? I'm slightly worried that I'm going to have far more to say about them than my actual degree course.
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    How much of the personal statement can you reasonably devote to talking about your hobbies? I'm slightly worried that I'm going to have far more to say about them than my actual degree course.
    It depends on what your degree course is really. What are you applying for? I am applying for drama so my personal statement needs to detail all my experience in theatre and drama, but for other subjects the focus needs to be on why you wish to do the course and your interest in the subject. What are your hobbies because you could try and say how they also give you skills relevent for what you want to do...
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    How much of the personal statement can you reasonably devote to talking about your hobbies? I'm slightly worried that I'm going to have far more to say about them than my actual degree course.
    Your academic side should cover about 3/4 of the PS (that includes your main subject, other subjects and how they link / are useful etc, any additional school responsibilities etc stuff).
    The other one quarter (maximum) should be on work experience and what skills you have obtained from that, other activities and interests. Hobbies, quite honestly, are very minor for most courses (unless directly related as in the drama one above!).
    For goodness sake do NOT put 'socialise' as a hobby! Anything where you can show that you have learned a skill, worked in difficult circumstances with other people etc is fine, but provide an illustration of the skill.
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    Thanks for all your advice. I'm doing a Spanish degree, but have tons to say about extra-curricular music, which is kinda unrelated!
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    Thanks for all your advice. I'm doing a Spanish degree, but have tons to say about extra-curricular music, which is kinda unrelated!
    yeh it is..

    For goodness sake do NOT put 'socialise' as a hobby! Anything where you can show that you have learned a skill, worked in difficult circumstances with other people etc is fine, but provide an illustration of the skill
    Liverpool University gave my year a personal statement writing training day thingy and gave us examples to look at..some of them hardly mentioned the course and academic stuff some didnt even mention the course at all. We were told that these people didnt get any offers and that the statement needed be about ehy you should do the course and your interest in it. I read a few that talked about visiting the cinema and going out which don't really sell you at all, so include actual useful hobbies. As mentioned say what you have gained from it really..
 
 
 

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