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    So I'm currently in the progress of writing my personal statement and I need some help with a couple of things

    1) When it comes to how you got 'in to' a subject, is it okay to mention that something fictional initially sparked the interest? I have mentioned real life studies that have furthered my interest in psychology, but should I avoid mentioning that a fictional TV show was what made me want to find out more in the first place?

    2) Should I mention helping out in open days encouraging more people to pick the subject?



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    (Original post by NaomiPT)
    So I'm currently in the progress of writing my personal statement and I need some help with a couple of things

    1) When it comes to how you got 'in to' a subject, is it okay to mention that something fictional initially sparked the interest? I have mentioned real life studies that have furthered my interest in psychology, but should I avoid mentioning that a fictional TV show was what made me want to find out more in the first place?

    2) Should I mention helping out in open days encouraging more people to pick the subject?

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    1) I think you can, but make sure not to put too much detail in it (maybe write one sentence?). It's a good idea because it makes your personal statement unique to you, as there are so many people who start things off like 'When I was younger', 'I have always been interested in...'.

    2) No, helping out during your sixth form open day will not mean anything on your personal statement. Stuff you can mention can include:
    - Any subject related events (E.g. masterclasses)
    - Any relevant work experience (e.g. in a hospital or lab)
    - Any relevant books
    - Any lectures
    - Any articles, podcasts or videos
    - Any projects (e.g. EPQ)
    etc...

    And then the last paragraph(s) should be a brief description of extracurricular activities not related to subject and a conclusion.
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    Thank you so much! This will be a huge help
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    1. The 'how' is not important - focus on the 'why'

    As above for (2)
 
 
 
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