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Neuroscience for 2025

Hi,
I was just wondering if I need any specific work experience or extracurriculars that would boost my personal statement for neuroscience. Im thinking of just doing wider reading and I also have done mentoring at school but I don’t think that’s enough to write about on my statement. I’m trying to get volunteering but at the moment that’s very hard to get. Any advice?
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Hi,
I was just wondering if I need any specific work experience or extracurriculars that would boost my personal statement for neuroscience. Im thinking of just doing wider reading and I also have done mentoring at school but I don’t think that’s enough to write about on my statement. I’m trying to get volunteering but at the moment that’s very hard to get. Any advice?

Wider reading is definitely a good place to start, as this will help you demonstrate your interest in a particular area in neuroscience. If I were you, I would look into any scientific writing competitions or science clubs at your school, if they offer one, as this will show that you are actively engaging with neuroscience beyond academics. I don't think volunteering is necessary, but if you can, look into work experience in different bioscience areas (e.g. pharmaceutical companies, research labs, health charities) as this would help you stand out a lot more on your personal statement. Your mentoring could be useful on your personal statement if you can relate it to neuroscience (e.g. developing communication skills and how it will be useful in a laboratory setting).

I hope this was helpful and good luck on your application!
Thank you!

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