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    I'm in year 12 now (year 13 in September) and I was going to write a first draft for my personal statement over the summer but looking back I really don't think I did much extra curricular activities which link to what I want to study.

    I'm interested in an engineering degree (probably chemical or structural but I'm going to decide over the summer)

    Some things I do in my free time:
    Ice skating (only level 6 not good enough to enter competitions and stuff)
    Drawing
    Helped in a Y7 maths challenge day
    Went on the NCS program
    But really I just don't see how any of this would link to engineering.

    I want to apply for a work placement but seems like it's too late I can't find any. Do you guys know anything else which I can apply to or do over the summer?

    Also do you have any suggestions of good books relating to maths/physics/chemistry/engineering which I could read when I have time?
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    (Original post by Katie9991)
    Hello

    I'm in year 12 now (year 13 in September) and I was going to write a first draft for my personal statement over the summer but looking back I really don't think I did much extra curricular activities which link to what I want to study.

    I'm interested in an engineering degree (probably chemical or structural but I'm going to decide over the summer)

    Some things I do in my free time:
    Ice skating (only level 6 not good enough to enter competitions and stuff)
    Drawing
    Teach myself things (trying to learn photography and Korean right now)
    Helped in a Y7 maths challenge day
    Went on the NCS program
    Babysitting little brother and tutoring sister... (you can tell I'm desperate lol)
    But really I just don't see how any of this would link to engineering.

    I want to apply for a work placement but seems like it's too late I can't find any. Do you guys know anything else which I can apply to or do over the summer?

    Also do you have any suggestions of good books relating to maths/physics/chemistry/engineering which I could read when I have time?
    It doesn't have to be books.

    Have a look for blogs, tv documentaries, radio shows, podcasts, TEDtalks, lectures, online modules (MOOCs - on futurelearn and edx). Even just Wikipedia research into topics that interest you around engineering.

    If you're not sure where to start then look at the websites for your universities. Look what modules you'll do, the projects you can work on, the equipment you'll use, the people who will teach you and the research they're working on.

    The whole point is that this is personal so follow your curiosity.
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    (Original post by Katie9991)
    Hello

    I'm in year 12 now (year 13 in September) and I was going to write a first draft for my personal statement over the summer but looking back I really don't think I did much extra curricular activities which link to what I want to study.

    I'm interested in an engineering degree (probably chemical or structural but I'm going to decide over the summer)

    Some things I do in my free time:
    Ice skating (only level 6 not good enough to enter competitions and stuff)
    Drawing
    Teach myself things (trying to learn photography and Korean right now)
    Helped in a Y7 maths challenge day
    Went on the NCS program
    Babysitting little brother and tutoring sister... (you can tell I'm desperate lol)
    But really I just don't see how any of this would link to engineering.

    I

    I want to apply for a work placement but seems like it's too late I can't find any. Do you guys know anything else which I can apply to or do over the summer?

    Also do you have any suggestions of good books relating to maths/physics/chemistry/engineering which I could read when I have time?
    I think they are looking for you to be a well-rounded candidate and the ice skating even if you aren't at the top level, shows that you have stuck to something and don't just stay at home. Also, the helping out in the maths challenge and the NCS program are great things to include.

    When you come to do your PS you will realise how little room you have, so those three things would be fine i think.

    I would have a think about what career path you wnat to take, and reasons why, and try and align your personal qualities to it. Look at current news articles/research in your chosen area, and pick one to mention, with reasons why you find it intersting. They want to know that you have fully researched your subject and are up to date on current trends etc.
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    The stuff that PQ talked about are the most important to focus on. Things like ice skating and other stuff that are not directly relevant to your course choice can be mentioned, but should only be talked about very briefly
 
 
 
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