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    Depends why you are mentioning it.

    If its a case of yatter yatter yatter, and by the way I have a stenosed valve!, its probably not worth it.

    If its a case of having... I have gained an insight into... helping me to consider and understand... etc... etc... etc...
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    Probably not a good idea. I avoided mentioning my own health issues. Suggests you think you know more than you do.
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    Only if you know alot about them.I'm quoting illnesses that inspire me for my pharmacology statement.
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    i dunno, i'd think it was a good idea so long as u made it relevant and didnt yak on about it for ages.
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    the teachers will normally mention something in the blurb they do about u
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    If it makes you unique from what you have learnt about it, or stimulated your interest in medicine then by all means yes.

    If not then don't bother, its a waste of characters.
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    hi, i've just finished writing my personal statement and it is about 700 characters and 6 lines more than the limit

    the thing is im really struggling to cut things down, im not sure which part to keep and which part to get rid of and how to be more concise

    is there any advice people can offer me? i know im not meant to post in the ps helper forum until it is within the limit, so any help is appreciated!!
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    (Original post by bunzy)
    hi, i've just finished writing my personal statement and it is about 700 characters and 6 lines more than the limit

    the thing is im really struggling to cut things down, im not sure which part to keep and which part to get rid of and how to be more concise

    is there any advice people can offer me? i know im not meant to post in the ps helper forum until it is within the limit, so any help is appreciated!!
    If you can't get it down on it's own and it's only 700 over, then you could probably get away with posting it for the PS helpers. It's when people post statements which are 5000+ characters that are more of a problem.
    One of the simplest ways of cutting down is making sure you only demonstrate each skill once (e.g. don't try to demonstrate your communication skills by talking about 3 different activities you do, just one will do)
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    When speaking about extra curricular, I'm confused as to how much detail to go into :confused: Do you just write "in my spare time, i like playing the bongo and i'm studying for my grade 3 exam" I've already written way too much about my work experience and I don't know what to do!!
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    (Original post by Get Cape.Wear Cape.Fly.)
    When speaking about extra curricular, I'm confused as to how much detail to go into Do you just write "in my spare time, i like playing the bongo and i'm studying for my grade 3 exam" I've already written way too much about my work experience and I don't know what to do!!
    Your extra curriculars should make up less than 1/3 of your personal statement and where ever possible should be linked back to medicine (even if this is just saying you do these things to relax which is important considering the stress of medicine)
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    Does cooking, reading and babysitting count as extra-curricular activities? This is just a general question.
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    (Original post by hawflo)
    Does cooking, reading and babysitting count as extra-curricular activities? This is just a general question.
    Depends what you learnt from them you can apply...
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    (Original post by terpineol)
    Depends what you learnt from them you can apply...
    oh ok, what can one learn about medicine through babysitting? :p:
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    (Original post by hawflo)
    oh ok, what can one learn about medicine through babysitting? :p:
    Do you want me to write your whole statement for you?

    I would reel off some crap about how dealing with kids with highly rudimentary communication skills in situations outside their normal parent attached environment has highlighted the importance of good listening skills, and looking at other means of communication in interacting with people.
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    (Original post by terpineol)
    Do you want me to write your whole statement for you?

    I would reel off some crap about how dealing with kids with highly rudimentary communication skills in situations outside their normal parent attached environment has highlighted the importance of good listening skills, and looking at other means of communication in interacting with people.
    I was joking, it was a bad joke, sorry . I know what to say about baby-sitting, for example, babysitting shows maturity, it shows that i can be trusted etc, it allowed me to develop my communication skills/caring skills.
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    How far back do you reccomend going?
    for example i worked at a charity shop for 9 months in year 11
    I was also a maths mentor prefect, and won my secondary school award for Academic achievment in Science and Technology.
    I've been told by my college to include these things, but I'm not sure if it's going to sound a bit like I'm scrapping the barrel!
    Also is there a way of saying I enjoy going out with my friends and being a normal 17 year old' !? 'Socialising' just sounds wrong!
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    Hi I am now a gap year student for medicine (having been rejected from all of the medical schools i applied to) and now have to write the DREADED personal statement a second time round.

    The problem is:
    I don't know what I am going to do in my gap year and I don't want to lie or make empty promises which will be uncovered at interview.
    ALSO I am care-job hunting like craaaazy but am having no luck in that department. And also my health centre is being VERY slow in releasing information about my various immunisations and so are delaying my chances of getting voluntary work before the PERSONAL STATEMENT DEADLINE.

    Any advice on how im going to get my personal statement looking bigger, bolder and better will be much appreciated.
    And I would also love to here general gap year advise as well.

    THANX
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    (Original post by XxCurly-TopxX)
    How far back do you reccomend going?
    for example i worked at a charity shop for 9 months in year 11
    I was also a maths mentor prefect, and won my secondary school award for Academic achievment in Science and Technology.
    I've been told by my college to include these things, but I'm not sure if it's going to sound a bit like I'm scrapping the barrel!
    Also is there a way of saying I enjoy going out with my friends and being a normal 17 year old' !? 'Socialising' just sounds wrong!
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    If you learnt things from them that are relevant from medicine then include them
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    (Original post by medical_girl)
    Hi I am now a gap year student for medicine (having been rejected from all of the medical schools i applied to) and now have to write the DREADED personal statement a second time round.

    The problem is:
    I don't know what I am going to do in my gap year and I don't want to lie or make empty promises which will be uncovered at interview.
    ALSO I am care-job hunting like craaaazy but am having no luck in that department. And also my health centre is being VERY slow in releasing information about my various immunisations and so are delaying my chances of getting voluntary work before the PERSONAL STATEMENT DEADLINE.

    Any advice on how im going to get my personal statement looking bigger, bolder and better will be much appreciated.
    And I would also love to here general gap year advise as well.

    THANX
    I'm also on a gap year but do you really have to mention what you plan to do on your gap year?

    I was just planning on following a format like:Advice for People Writing their Medicine Personal Statements

    and saying the important stuff like: why I want to do medicine, My work experience/voluntary work and what I have learnt, other work to gain understanding of a career in medicine.

    if we are going on a gap year should we mention what we plan to do in our gap year in our personal statements?
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    (Original post by trektor)
    I'm also on a gap year but do you really have to mention what you plan to do on your gap year?

    I was just planning on following a format like:Advice for People Writing their Medicine Personal Statements

    and saying the important stuff like: why I want to do medicine, My work experience/voluntary work and what I have learnt, other work to gain understanding of a career in medicine.

    if we are going on a gap year should we mention what we plan to do in our gap year in our personal statements?
    I'm on a gap year too and wondered the same thing. I haven't got anything about my gap year in my PS at the moment and a PS helper said it was fine as it is so i guess not :dontknow:
 
 
 
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