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    Someone told me that it is worth mentioning in your personal statement if you are the first person in your immediate family to go to Uni, is this true?

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    I was told this at college too, bit when I put my ps up to be reviewd by a ps helper on TSR I was told not to.
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    Not really worth it; there's actually a place on your UCAS form where you say whether or not your parents have had a university education, so indicate it there. If that's not enough, you could ask your referee to put it in your reference :p:
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    To be honest, I don't know if it's going to matter to unis, they're not going to look at two people and say "oh, well this one has had loads of family members go to uni, so we won't have them..."

    I wouldn't waste the characters/lines, to be frank.
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    No, it'll make you look like you're looking for sympathy.
    Lots of people have parents who didn't go to university (including mine!), it isn't rare :p:
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    I didn't bother putting it in my personal statement, but I know there was somewhere on the UCAS form that asked if either of your parents went.
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    im the 1st in a huge family to go and i didnt mention that once, and yet i was still accepted by all 5
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    I didn't elaborate on it - I just used it as part of my ending, and honestly, besides my school's letter explaining my mitigating circumstances during the exam period, I think it was my personal statement that saved my place at Warwick, 'cause I didn't get the best A level results ever. :P
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    Thanks for the replies, I won't bother including it in my PS Is the wording on the UCAS form 'Uni education' or 'got a degree'? I only ask because someone in my family went to a polytechnic, which isn't technically a Uni, although she did get a degree :confused:
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    hmm I had heard something similar but that was from my mate's oxbridge form. Apparantly if you're applying to oxbridge, mentioning this could get you a lower offer...supposedly
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    (Original post by Chowder)
    I didn't elaborate on it - I just used it as part of my ending, and honestly, besides my school's letter explaining my mitigating circumstances during the exam period, I think it was my personal statement that saved my place at Warwick, 'cause I didn't get the best A level results ever. :P
    what did you need, and what did you get if you dont mind me asking.
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    theres other more important and valuable things to use up the limited lines with
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    it goes on your application anyway, without having to put it in your personal statement.

    I would have thought that would have looked like you were clutching at straws, but, it's up to you.
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    My referee put it in my reference. Didn't ask him to, like, but I didn't mind much; apparently it can help slightly.
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    theres other more important and valuable things to use up the limited lines with
    Trust me, most people fill their PSs up with rubbish anyway. A decent PS can be written with ten lines to spare; not that I'm recommending it, but it can be done. It's a character limit, not a target.
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    My generations the first to actually have a decent education :p:

    And i'll be the first to go to university, but i didn't find it important enough to mention

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    (Original post by Waheyyyy)
    Someone told me that it is worth mentioning in your personal statement if you are the first person in your immediate family to go to Uni, is this true?

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    Well if I was an addmisions officer all I would think if i read that is:
    'Well obviously your a crappy applicant and hence you think that putting a soppy thing like that will let you get away with it'

    Not saying you are (a crappy applicant), but if you are good enough you do not need to put something like that to get in to a uni of your choice. Do it on your own merits period.
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    Yer it makes it look like you think that fact will better your chances and therefore will probably put the admissions officer off..
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    (Original post by Elvendork)
    No, it'll make you look like you're looking for sympathy.
    And assumptions are lkely to be made on/along those grounds based on your school and location anyway.
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    Well i had all that on me reference...also a paragraph on basically how **** my school is. Number of peeps on EMA, pass rates, uni entrances ( or lack thereof lol)..all these factors are meant to indicate a bad school, apparently. But then I had the grades to show i was a serious candidate, it was just about putting my grades in context. Without a doubt I had to work harder to get my As and A*s than someone would at a private school or at least suggests I have natural talent...just fact

    Neway it didn't harm my application as i got into 4 outta the 5 for law ( Manchester, Bristol, Warwick and King's)...I would say it's something for your referee to deal with though, wouldn't reccomend you puttin all that shish in the personal statement.

    If you're not a competitive candidate though, and by that I mean have good grades neway, all that info won't help one bit. And nor do i think it should...
 
 
 

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