Applying for university can be quite a daunting task; getting it right isn’t as hard as you think. When it comes to writing a personal statement, its crucial to sell yourself as much as possible. A great thing to do is sit down and list all of your personal achievements. This will give you the confidence to make a start.
If you don’t know what you want to study yet (this happens to a lot of people) there are lots of services that can help you. Logging onto university websites is one, giving great insights to a wide range of courses. I always wanted to progress into the shipping industry and Plymouth offered the perfect route in with the maritime business and law course. The lecturers all come from the industry with a vast wealth of experience to help us climb the corporate ladder.
I was lucky enough to have a personal tutor who worked closely with me at school, something that I didn’t take for granted. If you’re in the process of writing a UCAS application and don’t have a personal tutor, it’s a good idea to share your UCAS personal statement with someone who has been through the university system. They should be able to help point in the right direction if you are stuck.
Some students will be offered interviews. For the large majority of people this will be a nervous occasion. It’ll be the first time that you’ve had a proper interview that will impact upon the next stage of your life – so its important to get it right. A lot of school (certainly mine did) offer mock interviews. Obviously they don’t add the pressure of the real thing, but if you get the opportunity to do one, do it, it will help you no end when it comes to doing the real thing.
There is always a case that you wont be accepted onto your course on the first attempt. Clearing is a process where there are places on a course which have not been accepted by applying students. Therefore, if you log onto UCAS on the (dreaded) day to find that you have not been offered a place at the uni, it is worth giving the universities a call and seeing what they can offer you.
Try to tailor your application to your university choices in some way, talk about the facilities that it has and what they can do to aid your learning. Talk about what you can do for the sports teams or for the volunteering department, make yourself attractive for the university! Choosing Plymouth is a decision that I won’t regret.
If you’re still undecided which is the university for you, then come down and attend an Open Day. It’s a great way to experience future university life (there is lots of free food too).