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AWARDS/HOBBIES etc that can be taken up/achieved to make yourself more appealing Watch

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    I am really depressed at the moment. I want to apply for UCL, however, I will not be able to if I do not stand out from the other candidates.

    Can you all please post some things like leadership awards, hobbies, or things that can be done to show that you are outstanding please?

    I really need some pointers
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    (Original post by coolblergh)
    I am really depressed at the moment. I want to apply for UCL, however, I will not be able to if I do not stand out from the other candidates.

    Can you all please post some things like leadership awards, hobbies, or things that can be done to show that you are outstanding please?

    I really need some pointers
    community service, duke of edinborough, young enterprise, scouting
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    (Original post by lets_make_some_music)
    community service, duke of edinborough, young enterprise, scouting
    Thank you, if anyone has others I'd really appreciate it. I was thinking of stuff that can be done outside of school, rather than in.

    What do you mean by scouting by the way?
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    Bear in mind though that extra-curriculars really aren't that important to a personal statement. Just listing achievements won't make you stand out unless you can explain what you drew from them and why it makes you a better candidate for an academic course.
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    (Original post by coolblergh)
    Thank you, if anyone has others I'd really appreciate it. I was thinking of stuff that can be done outside of school, rather than in.

    What do you mean by scouting by the way?
    well if you've been in the scouts and have helped the comminity in some way it usually looks good in a personal statement, its something that is in you're own time and you're giving something back to the community

    maybe if you do a sport helping to coach younger children

    what subject are you wanting to study, i'm appliying for engineeering and am going to help a local school for disabled students in a engineering related project, so you could do something like that

    hope this helps
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    (Original post by lets_make_some_music)
    well if you've been in the scouts and have helped the comminity in some way it usually looks good in a personal statement, its something that is in you're own time and you're giving something back to the community

    maybe if you do a sport helping to coach younger children

    what subject are you wanting to study, i'm appliying for engineeering and am going to help a local school for disabled students in a engineering related project, so you could do something like that

    hope this helps
    Ahh, I will inquire

    I want to do a degree in French by the way...
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    (Original post by coolblergh)
    Ahh, I will inquire

    I want to do a degree in French by the way...
    if you have a local primary school maybe assisting in a language lesson or offer to run an after school club for the students or maybe the parents, it would show your commitment and passion for the subject, but also a desire to help others. Uni's should like things like this

    i know you said not in school but mentoring younger students in the subject can also look good on an application

    reading related books in the language as well defines you as a worthy applicant to the course
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    GAMING!

    Wait, no.....
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    Contact a local primary school and see if you can set up an after school club in french once a week in september for 6 weeks or similar to teach some basic french to younger children, or assist with french classes in your school at the moment. I don't know how the primary school thing will work as you will need all kind of checks but they may be able to offer you something.

    Also try after school clubs that are often connected to primary schools -- may be more practical as you will simply be going in for 30 minutes or so rather than trying to set something up.

    They will like that you have passed your knowledge onto other people. Is your french fluent? Perhaps try some voluntery work in France rather than England? Then volunteering in charity shops etc is always going to look good.
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    (Original post by lekky)
    Contact a local primary school and see if you can set up an after school club in french once a week in september for 6 weeks or similar to teach some basic french to younger children, or assist with french classes in your school at the moment. I don't know how the primary school thing will work as you will need all kind of checks but they may be able to offer you something.

    Also try after school clubs that are often connected to primary schools -- may be more practical as you will simply be going in for 30 minutes or so rather than trying to set something up.

    They will like that you have passed your knowledge onto other people. Is your french fluent? Perhaps try some voluntery work in France rather than England? Then volunteering in charity shops etc is always going to look good.
    Thanks for these, I will be sure to give the primary school thing a try. As for the volunteering in France, I shall see
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    (Original post by IlexAquifolium)
    Bear in mind though that extra-curriculars really aren't that important to a personal statement. Just listing achievements won't make you stand out unless you can explain what you drew from them and why it makes you a better candidate for an academic course.

    Thanks... Okay I will bear that in mind
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    Any other ideas?
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    I'd read around your potential subject. Demonstrate why you deserve to study that subject more than others.
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    Travel? Learn other languages in your own time? Do courses in art or music? Learn to play a new instrument? Do volunteering? Get a job?
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    When you apply for a french degree, you may start reading frech books and newspapers, get informed about the country- just check out the PS section, there are some pretty good statements which contain a bunch of "extraordinary" qualifications and hobbies.
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    Yeah as someone said extra curricular are really nothing special. I got rubbish GCSE's compared to the people I was competiting with and still got an offer from Warwick. My EC's were just football and something else. Just make sure you write an insightful PS. That's the best way to stand out.
 
 
 
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