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Im having issues condensing my statement to the required length, im applying to study Archaeology, being 40 ive considerable relevant life experience and gaining more and more hands on experience as i volunteer for various Archaeology companies and im struggling to fit it all in. Also my reasons for not going to uni as a 19 year old are are personal and relevant so i want to include that...... any tips, ideas or advice?
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Im having issues condensing my statement to the required length, im applying to Durham to study Archaeology, being 40 ive considerable relevant life experience and gaining more and more hands on experience as i volunteer for various Archaeology companies and im struggling to fit it all in. Also my reasons for not going to uni as a 19 year old are are personal and relevant so i want to include that...... any tips, ideas or advice?
I would take out why you didn't go to university earlier and focus on the present, take out some adjectives if you are using too many characters.
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Im having issues condensing my statement to the required length, im applying to Durham to study Archaeology, being 40 ive considerable relevant life experience and gaining more and more hands on experience as i volunteer for various Archaeology companies and im struggling to fit it all in. Also my reasons for not going to uni as a 19 year old are are personal and relevant so i want to include that...... any tips, ideas or advice?
your reasons for going to uni now belong in the Academic Reference rather than the Personal Statement
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your reasons for going to uni now belong in the Academic Reference rather than the Personal Statement
Are you sure about that? the admissions tutor ive spoken to said otherwise...
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I would take out why you didn't go to university earlier and focus on the present, take out some adjectives if you are using too many characters.
My Admissions tutor said its relevant and important why i didn't go earlier and to include it.
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I agree with Claire, although you feel as though the reasons you didn’t decide to go to uni when you were younger are important and relevant, you need to think about what would happen if it came down to you and another candidate and admissions could only offer a place to one. Personally, I included why I’m interested in my course, evidence of this such as wider reading and listening to relevant podcasts. Recent advancements in the industry and how I would like to contribute. Similarly, I wrote about volunteering and work experience related to the industry and it’s sub-sectors. I would definitely focus on your work experience and volunteering as this puts you at a great advantage but remember to link it back to the specific modules that Durham offers. Hope this helps, if you have any further questions don’t hesitate to ask
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My Admissions tutor said its relevant and important why i didn't go earlier and to include it.
your personal statement is there to demonstrate your suitability for the course
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Also my reasons for not going to uni as a 19 year old are are personal and relevant so i want to include that...... any tips, ideas or advice?
No they aren't - it was 20 years ago - you could ask your referee to mention them though.

Your PS is about why you are interested in (and suitable for) the course now, not what happened 20 years ago
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No they aren't - it was 20 years ago - you could ask your referee to mention them though.

Your PS is about why you are interested in (and suitable for) the course now, not what happened 20 years ago
Did you not read my last few posts? the admissions tutor at the uni i spoke to said is is relevant info to put in my personal statement ...
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Did you not read my last few posts? the admissions tutor at the uni i spoke to said is is relevant info to put in my personal statement ...
Then it can go in your reference.

You've said yourself you are struggling to condense your PS, and this is one important way way of doing that.
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I would not worry too much about your PS.

For archaeology it isn’t going to be a determining factor in whether you get an offer or not. TSR does offer a review service - there’s details in the sticky at the top of the PS advice forum. A second pair of eyes from someone who doesn’t know you might help you prioritise what to cut out/down.
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