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    Hi, I am in year 12 and today we had an assembly about The Challenge which is a 10 day event where you preform multiple activities to build up on skills such as teamwork. They mentioned that something like this is very good to add to your personal statement next year. I want to go to Queen's and do Dentistry, so I was thinking, are these types of events made for people who want to do courses which require teamwork and leadership skills, because to be honest I do not see how me including The Challenge on my personal statement will give me the extra edge to get into a course such as Dentistry. So should I do it anyway?
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    Your personal statement is limited to 47 lines or 4000 characters. The main thing that unis want to see is interest for the course, and for dentistry that will also include some work experience. So you've got around 1000 characters to spend on other things such as The Challenge, any sports, hobbies, part time job etc. That's really not very much.

    So year, it's worth doing The Challenge if you have nothing else to include, or if you particularly want to. But if you've got other activities then it's not so important. You also need to think about how much it costs, as sometimes these kind of things are ridiculously expensive and when you are a student you'll be wishing you hadn't wasted that money.

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    Hi, I am in year 12 and today we had an assembly about The Challenge which is a 10 day event where you preform multiple activities to build up on skills such as teamwork. They mentioned that something like this is very good to add to your personal statement next year. I want to go to Queen's and do Dentistry, so I was thinking, are these types of events made for people who want to do courses which require teamwork and leadership skills, because to be honest I do not see how me including The Challenge on my personal statement will give me the extra edge to get into a course such as Dentistry. So should I do it anyway?
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    (Original post by Juno)
    Your personal statement is limited to 47 lines or 4000 characters. The main thing that unis want to see is interest for the course, and for dentistry that will also include some work experience. So you've got around 1000 characters to spend on other things such as The Challenge, any sports, hobbies, part time job etc. That's really not very much.

    So year, it's worth doing The Challenge if you have nothing else to include, or if you particularly want to. But if you've got other activities then it's not so important. You also need to think about how much it costs, as sometimes these kind of things are ridiculously expensive and when you are a student you'll be wishing you hadn't wasted that money.

    yeah 4000 characters is not alot. They said for us it would cost £30. I was also thinking during the assembly that including it really does not portray my passion for dentistry, as you said. thanks. I will start to look for work/voluntary work in the healthcare sector or even in my local dentist practice.
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    (Original post by ineedthosegrades)
    yeah 4000 characters is not alot. They said for us it would cost £30. I was also thinking during the assembly that including it really does not portray my passion for dentistry, as you said. thanks. I will start to look for work/voluntary work in the healthcare sector or even in my local dentist practice.
    £30 isn't that bad. When you start looking, you'll realise there are activities that can cost a lot more than that, and they're the ones that should generally be avoided.

    You'll find the dentistry forum and this thread most helpful, but you need to think about meeting the course requirements first before thinking about the extra fluff you can add. You need to meet the requirements for GCSE and A Level, and then meet the work experience requirements. It doesn't matter how many The Challenges you've done if you don't meet the basic requirements.

    However, you've still got a while before you need to be thinking seriously about uni applications. If you think The Challenge sounds like fun, go for it! Not everything has to be done to sound impressive on your personal statement. You need to enjoy yourself and live your life too.
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    (Original post by ineedthosegrades)
    Hi, I am in year 12 and today we had an assembly about The Challenge which is a 10 day event where you preform multiple activities to build up on skills such as teamwork. They mentioned that something like this is very good to add to your personal statement next year. I want to go to Queen's and do Dentistry, so I was thinking, are these types of events made for people who want to do courses which require teamwork and leadership skills, because to be honest I do not see how me including The Challenge on my personal statement will give me the extra edge to get into a course such as Dentistry. So should I do it anyway?
    I did something similar last summer and it was really fun. I'd recommend it, but not so that you can put it on your personal statement as it won't be that relevant and you'd just be wasting your time.
 
 
 
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