Picture this: everything is ready. Well, at least the first 50% of it. The factoring in of a choice is made. You have decided the University of Plymouth to be the university your choice and now want to make an application. Here are a few things I suggest you keep in mind in the process.
- Create a UCAS account: Gone are the times when you had to run to the post office, chip in all photocopies of your documents and get them stamped and approved. The application via UCAS helps you to make this process faster and hassle free. You can upload your previous transcripts, certificates, et cetera here.
- Visa formalities (For international students only): I bullet this point in list of priority –procuring a visa can be a lengthy process, sometimes. I suggest you remember this and begin as early as possible. The International Student Advice at the university are extremely supportive. They are your one stop place for all visa enquiries. The team members are understanding and knowledgeable about changing visa rules for every country.
- Statement of Purpose: This is the most crucial aspect of your application, I’d say. Especially if you are writing for a scholarship, as this then becomes central to your bid for funding. I wish to now share my experiences from writing a statement of purpose that won me a scholarship: I hope you can take from this that the element of individuality is of utmost importance. The university wants to know your dedication and commitment to the subject and course. The one thing that must shine through here is your passion for the subject – one top tip from me would be to not write: “I am passionate about the subject.” Instead, explain why you feel the way you do about the subject. Remember, your department and the university read almost thousands of statement of purposes during an academic admissions cycle. Everybody on your course might be passionate about the subject sure, but your reasons are what will make you stand out. You might look at things differently. I’d say, bring in that element of you and everything will fall in place.
- Packing: Please do not bring excessive material from your home place. Remember to travel light and carry only the essentials. Of course, have things for a rainy day, but do not pack to the brim. Most students I know end up buying a lot of things from shops around the university itself. There are budget friendly stores scattered all across the city.
Plymouth bonus points: the university is situated just a few steps before the city centre.
All the best to you, and the last part of my series applying to university will bring you some handy tips for postgraduate, mature students like the self.
Meanwhile, I have been writing, reading, dosing on hot chocolate and enjoying the weather at Plymouth. We’ve had gleams of sunshine the past few days, and the winter sun is such a welcome treat.