Oxbridge Personal Statements

When it comes to the university application, many students reference the Oxbridge personal statement as one of the most intimidating portions of the process. We want to assure you that there is no need to be anxiety-ridden.

Author: Adi Sen

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When it comes to the university application, many students reference the Oxbridge personal statement as one of the most intimidating portions of the process.  We want to assure you that there is no need to be anxiety-ridden.

Remember that this should be seen as an opportunity, not an obstacle.  The Oxbridge personal statement is a great chance to express yourself and to highlight the parts of you that wouldn’t otherwise be seen in the formal application.  Too many people get caught up in this statement, worrying that they aren’t saying the right things.  Don’t worry about what’s right and wrong, just be sure that you are doing what you can to highlight your special skills and strengths.  There are services, tips, and resources to be found online, which can help you ease any worries that you might have about the personal statement.  You can find access to expert advice here, including the opportunity to review your statement with a professional via Skype.

Breakthrough writers’ block with simple writing exercises.  We liked the tip posted by the Telegraph a couple of years ago.  They stated:

Take a piece of A4 paper – split it into three sections. Start with the bottom third – bullet point all your extra-curricular achievements. Don’t hold back this is just the plan!

Next, the top – take 15 minutes to think seriously about the real reason you’re choosing your degree. Try not to feel embarrassed about clichés and trite statements yet, you can polish later…

Finally, your middle section is your content. Fill it with the very best wider reading and projects that you’ve done that are relevant to the subject you want to study.

By working through each part of the Oxbridge personal statement, one at a time, it can focus your energies.  Also, allowing yourself this very sloppy rough draft is the perfect way to temporarily set aside the concerns that can cause you mental blocks.

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