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Hi everyone!

I've tried starting with bullet points and using the personal statement builder on this site to help me. However when it comes to turning those bullet points into actual sentences i hit a wall. I can't seem to write about my subject of interest with any sort of passion without it sounding cliche/cheesy. Furthermore i find it difficult to say anything positive about myself because it feels wrong...as though i'm being big headed.

I've been trying for 2 weeks now to make some progress with it...but i always get a mental block of not knowing what to write. I've reached a point where i'm wondering if it would be best just to use an online service instead..i know it wont be as "personal" but i feel it may be my only option.

Just wondering if anyone had any opinion as to what they think i should do.

Thanks!
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Okay, I believe I've had the same problem as you. What I'd recommend is to write one to three cheesy personal statements, then take them and begin changing statements here and there, adding different ideas etc., instead of writing a complete satisfacory personal statement on one go. This helps because some people find improving something much easier than actually writing something good. DON'T use personal statement services, its dishonest and you risk losing a uni place if you get caught. Even with a mediocre a prsonal statement you can get into some really good uni's provided that other parts of your application are good.
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I know a couple of people (not many though) whoe were inhibited by personal statement builders, so you should possible write one without a builder.
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If you're struggling then it's probably worth it to get a good personal statement. You could try and get a friend to write it as a free alternative if you know any good writers.
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Unfortunately I don't have any friends, family or teachers I can ask for help.

What's frustrating is I did a BTEC which required me to do around 130 written assignments and that wasn't too bad. However writing a single personal statement is probably the hardest thing I've ever tried to do.
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(Original post by Froppy)
Hi everyone!

I've tried starting with bullet points and using the personal statement builder on this site to help me. However when it comes to turning those bullet points into actual sentences i hit a wall. I can't seem to write about my subject of interest with any sort of passion without it sounding cliche/cheesy. Furthermore i find it difficult to say anything positive about myself because it feels wrong...as though i'm being big headed.

I've been trying for 2 weeks now to make some progress with it...but i always get a mental block of not knowing what to write. I've reached a point where i'm wondering if it would be best just to use an online service instead..i know it wont be as "personal" but i feel it may be my only option.

Just wondering if anyone had any opinion as to what they think i should do.

Thanks!
You just need to get across your passion for your chosen subject, someone else can't really do that for you , what are you applying for? We ve got personal statement reviewers who can help you if you need it
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You just need to get across your passion for your chosen subject, someone else can't really do that for you , what are you applying for? We ve got personal statement reviewers who can help you if you need it
I would like to apply for Mechanical Engineering at UCL and Aerospace Engineering at my other 4 choices. Sadly this only makes it even harder to write a personal statement since I have to talk about engineering in general instead of being able to focus on a particular field.
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I would like to apply for Mechanical Engineering at UCL and Aerospace Engineering at my other 4 choices. Sadly this only makes it even harder to write a personal statement since I have to talk about engineering in general instead of being able to focus on a particular field.
Personally I would say just go for aerospace so you don't risk being too general and being rejected from both, focusing on a field will really help you write it.
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why don't you draw out the common modules of both aerospace and mechanical? like fluid mechanics (if that is one, I'm just naming some engineering stuff off my head)
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HYPOTHETICALLY, you could pay a friend to do it for you
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Unfortunately I don't have any friends, family or teachers I can ask for help.

What's frustrating is I did a BTEC which required me to do around 130 written assignments and that wasn't too bad. However writing a single personal statement is probably the hardest thing I've ever tried to do.
Take your bullet points and then record yourself speaking to a friend about them (if there’s no one to talk to then speak to an imaginary person).

Then transcribe that recording. It’ll probably be too long and a bit rambling but it’s a reasonable place to start. If you’re struggling to edit UP then editing DOWN might feel more natural
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