(This might have been at school, at home, in a museum, on TV, in a book, on You Tube or a podcast or anywhere else. If you find this difficult, it might be time to think about whether or not you’ve really chosen the right course.You can also take a look at our suggested reading and resources.) Why was it interesting? If you can’t think of anything that has inspired you, this lack of enthusiasm will probably come across in your personal statement, or it will become clear at interview, and you’re unlikely to gain a place at Oxford.Try to avoid writing your personal statement as though you are ticking things off a list.There is no checklist of required achievements, and tutors will not just scan what you have written to look for key words or phrases.No other references, transcripts, or certificates are required or accepted except for students applying for Graduate-entry Medicine (A101) or Choral or Organ Awards.One section of the application is called your personal statement.Be honest about yourself and what has inspired you, whether that’s been text books, museums and literature, or websites, podcasts and blogs.
This can include any relevant extracurricular activities.
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If you find it easy to answer these questions, you will have a long list of ideas to help you write your personal statement.
When you start to write, remember not just to list your achievements but show how they have affected you, how you have benefited, and what you’d like to learn next.