As I mentioned in my recent Updates post, I’ve been asked by SpiceUK to write a Fresher’s Diary series for my first year at university. I’m thrilled to announce that the series has now begun, and I’ll be re-posting everything here too. Here’s the first post – it’s just an introduction to me and the series, so nothing you don’t already know, but I’ll pop it up anyway for some background!

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As promised in my previous post, here is a copy of my own personal statement for my university applications. The statement itself is specifically for the subject of English Literature, but its basic template can be adapted for almost any subject. Try and spot the different sections I outlined in my How to write a personal statement guide!

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It’s that time of year again. All across the country, Year 13s (or ‘upper sixth’) are raging in frustration at the complex inadequacy of the UCAS system as they attempt to apply for university, and many, I am sure, are beginning to stress about that seemingly insurmountable task of¬†writing a personal statement.

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I started a similar post to this back in early November. It read as follows: As I write, I am waiting on a response from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, regarding whether they have decided to give me an interview for English Literature. It feels as though a lot has changed since day seventy-six, when I collected my AS Level results and questioned whether a study of English at university was the right decision, and yet nothing has changed at all.

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