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    When I left school, I worked for two year so I could drink loads and take some drugs and stuff before realising I was being a prat and went back to do my A-Levels. Now, I can't put that on my personal statement but surely I should address the reason for leaving full time education for two years? How should I put it, or should I just leave it (as it'll be clear due to institution dates/work history). Advise would be great!
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    id deffinatly comment as they'll be wondering why ...... theres no harm in telling the truth at least it shows that u have matured since then and having had those experinces and i assume not wanting to go bk to them will work very hard to make sumthing or ur life in order that u dont end up bakc in that situation
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    You should concentrate on the work you did during the 2 years and the experience you've gained! And perhaps your reasons for deciding to return to education. Don't mention the alcohol and drugs, only mention the positive bits.
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    (Original post by juno_the)
    You should concentrate on the work you did during the 2 years and the experience you've gained! And perhaps your reasons for deciding to return to education. Don't mention the alcohol and drugs, only mention the positive bits.
    Sounds a good idea, I'm gonna start drafting it tomorrow when I get my AS results...I'll probably post it here to get wanted critical feedback!
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    Sounds a good idea, I'm gonna start drafting it tomorrow when I get my AS results...I'll probably post it here to get wanted critical feedback!
    The whole point of the UCAS form is to sell yourself to your chosen universities. So you need to emphasise any positive bits (without exaggerating or lying) and gloss over the not so good bits. They won't want anyone who admits to having a drug/alochol problem as you may drop out and make their statistics look bad. Of course, they might realise that it's in the past and you've moved on, but why take that chance?

    You probably won't have enough room in your personal statement to go into much detail anyway. So why fill it with stuff that's not going to make you sound good?
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    id deffinatly comment as they'll be wondering why ...... theres no harm in telling the truth at least it shows that u have matured since then and having had those experinces and i assume not wanting to go bk to them will work very hard to make sumthing or ur life in order that u dont end up bakc in that situation
    Are you kidding?! DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES state your real reasons for leaving school for two years. This is one of those times where you should not tell the truth. Tell them all about how much you've gained from the opportunity to work, how many amazing new skills you've learnt, how much you've matured and how amazingly prepared you are now for university life due to your experiences of work!

    Do not say anything about your real reasons (drugs/alcohol). Just do not.
 
 
 
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