Personal statement for Transfer, advice?

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I have already completed half of my degree in an overseas uni, so I have a really deep understanding in my discipline (sociology).

Would anyone please advise me on how should I write my PS? I'm not sure if I should show off my knowledge in sociology and be really academic in the PS, e.g, to write about any books/ papers/ what I have learnt in my uni, because there will be a lot to write on! Also, my qualification has proven my academic ability with a first in my current uni, so I am not sure showing off knowledge is approachable. Or should I state what I am looking forward to learn after transferring?

My extracurricular in uni is very minimal because of the pandemic, most of the achievement are rather academic (scholarship, summer school, etc).. should these be included in the PS? How to show them I deserve a transfer offer to second year entry?

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You should check first of all that the unis will accept a transfer. If they do, you should talk about why you enjoy sociology and why you want to change unis to come to the UK. Unis don't care about extra curricular activities like sport
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You should check first of all that the unis will accept a transfer. If they do, you should talk about why you enjoy sociology and why you want to change unis to come to the UK. Unis don't care about extra curricular activities like sport
Thank you! Yes they do, they seems to be very pleased at my result so I was wondering do I still need to emphasise on the academic side in my PS.
Should I write the area I would like to explore in sociology (courses that they offer) too ?
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You academic results will be included in your education section and any showing off should be in your reference not your PS.

In your PS you should focus on topics/work you’ve enjoyed and are hoping to specialise in during the rest of your degree as well as what you hope to gain from studying in a new country.

Your PS isn’t an academic essay - it is a place for you to convey your motivation and academic interests.
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If the admissions tutors are anything like me your personal statement will not make much difference. If they are open to transfers and you have the grades, that's what counts. I would keep your statement brief, and explain one aspect of your subject you like and want to learn more about if it's one your target uni includes. Then write about why you want to transfer - why this country, why this university. Scholarships and summer schools sounds fine to include briefly.
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You academic results will be included in your education section and any showing off should be in your reference not your PS.

In your PS you should focus on topics/work you’ve enjoyed and are hoping to specialise in during the rest of your degree as well as what you hope to gain from studying in a new country.

Your PS isn’t an academic essay - it is a place for you to convey your motivation and academic interests.
got it, thanks for giving me a clear direction for my PS!
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If the admissions tutors are anything like me your personal statement will not make much difference. If they are open to transfers and you have the grades, that's what counts. I would keep your statement brief, and explain one aspect of your subject you like and want to learn more about if it's one your target uni includes. Then write about why you want to transfer - why this country, why this university. Scholarships and summer schools sounds fine to include briefly.
I see! thanks for letting me know how a transfer admission works!
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