Applying to university is most likely the biggest thing you will do so far. You’ve been told that the rest of your life depends on this. So you must apply early and with a perfect application.
The truth is that yes, applying to university is a big thing. It is also something that you only have to do once, so don’t stress too much about it. My application process to university wasn’t like my friends. Nottingham Trent University was my insurance choice, so my journey to getting here is a bit different.
One of the first things I did when I started my sixth form was to look around universities. The first one that I looked at was actually Nottingham Trent, followed by a few others. There are a few things that I looked at when I went to look around at an Open Day, these included:
Another thing that you will need to do in order to apply to university is to write a personal statement.
This is a written piece to show the university administration office. It mainly shows why you want to study the course/subject you are applying for. It also shows them what experience and skills you have relating to it. In my opinion, my personal statement was one of the hardest things to get right. I had the main body completed but I really struggled to write my introduction. I was told to re-do it multiple times. The introduction is possibly the most important part as it is the part that is read first. It means it could be the difference between a good personal statement and a not so good one. My advice for your personal statement is as follows:
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter where you go to university, as long as you are happy.
Now, it is time for the hard part – deciding which universities to put as your first and insurance choice (your top 2).
I was lucky enough to receive 5 offers from all 5 of the universities I applied to. But this made deciding which university I wanted to put as my first choice a bit tougher. I took into account all of the factors I spoke about above. Eventually, I decided to put NTU as my insurance choice.
When results day came, I didn’t get into my first choice, however I did get into NTU. On the day, I was quite upset about it, but looking back, i realised that it was the best thing that could have happened! I now live half an hour closer to home than my first choice was. It allowed me to keep my job at home. It is also much cheaper to get the train back home. I’m close to most of my friends from school who now live in Derby. Plus there is so much to do in Nottingham with my new friends.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter where you go to university, as long as you are happy. In terms of your application, make sure you don’t go over the character/line limit and that you show your passion for the course/subject throughout.
Written by Charlotte Brothwell, LLB Law student
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Make sure you check out UCAS – they have more information and guidance on applying to university.
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