Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Part 1 - Applying to University..

Hello!

Today I thought I would share something completely different with you and hopefully you can learn abit more about me as I do do other things apart from obsess over make-up..!

I'm currently in Year13 studying my A Levels, which are Geography, Economics&Business and English Lang/Lit and in November 2012, I applied for a BA Geography course to Hull, Leicester, Derby, Northumbria and Newcastle universities.

Now, the first thing that you have to do in order to apply to university is write your personal statement.  Personal statements are an absolute pain in the arse to write; who wants to talk about themselves like they're some kind of perfect specimen apart from an egotistical maniac?! I started off by making a spider diagram of things I could put on there, which then helped me have some kind of structure. It's surprising how much you will have done in your 17 years of living, and seeing as you only have to write a page and abit, it soon becomes a task to actually CUT it down, believe it or not.



My main tip, and the thing that I think is most important in the whole application process is to have a draft done for September when you get back, and then make changes as soon as you can. If you are one of the first people to be doing your personal statement, teachers will do a much more thorough job, will be happier to help and will also mark it quicker whereas if you wait until the last minute, they are going to have seen so many that they are going to be bored, and basically, couldn't care less.

I had my personal statement completed by the start of October and by doing this, I was able get my entire application done for the middle of that month. It's so so so boring yet it has to be done, so you may as well get it out of the way before your tutor starts nagging you endlessly. I got majorly stressed with my application because for some reason, after I had sent my application in the middle of October, my tutor decided to NOT look at it and approve it for 2 GOD DAMN WEEKS whilst in the mean time, I was pulling clumps of hair out day by day.


My application was finally sent off on the 29th October(I think) and within a week, I had my first offer from my first choice, Northumbria, YAY! Before I sent it, my first choice was Northumbria, in the centre of Newcastle and my insurance was Derby. I was so happy when I got all conditional offers back so quickly(I withdrew my application from Newcastle because there was no point waiting for it when I had got both offers from the places I want to go already) accepted so..I'm off to university!!!!!!!! (If I pass my exams, but that ruins the allusion ;) )

Last week, I applied for my accommodation which was really weird and slightly scary; like, in 8 months I'll have moved away from home and be living in Newcastle, it's crazy!

Are any of you going to university this year? Or are you already there? Am I weird to feel nervous/scared/excited at the same time?!

Charlotte xx

13 comments:

  1. Wow, it seems so long ago that I had to do UCAS. Now I'm applying for an MA and have to write a personal statement again, boo hiss! Glad you got into your 1st choice and good luck with your exams :D xx

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    1. oh no, not again! personal statements are such a pain! thanks so much xx

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  2. Ooh well done for getting offers! I'm not applying to uni because I want to do a makeup course but it's still a weird and exciting feeling that I could be moving out soon as the courses I want to do are all far away! :) xx

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    1. thank you! ah really? sounds so good! its scary isnt it! x

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  3. Yay! Well done on getting an offer from your first choice! I remember how nervous I was going through the whole UCAS process!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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    1. thank you! yeah its really nerve wracking, so glad i got my first choice though x

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  4. Good luck with everything. Geography is the best course ever :)

    Sophierosehearts x

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  5. Good luck with everything. I remember writing that personal statement and it took me days to figure it out, in which time I had changed it 6 million times, had a strop, cried, refused to do it, said I wasn't going to university and then... I changed my mind about what I wanted to do.... but in the end I did it and I went and I graduated and it was the best 3 years of my life xx

    http://beautyqueenuk.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. thanks so much! haha oh dear; i know what you mean though, its so hard to write! ah i cant wait to go! x

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  6. Uni will absolutley FLY by. I can't believe I'm halfway through now - I'm at Leicester doing Biological Sciences in Year 2, literally swear I've been here for five minutes. I definitely don't miss a-levels though :') Best of luck with them! Personal statements are such stress!

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  7. Im at derby university and its really good :) cant believe how quick my first year is going ahhhhhhhhhhhh!! You will enjoy uni so much. If you ever want any advice about it then drop me an email. Thanks for your link from twitter lovely :)

    Love Emily xx

    http://love-x-beauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. Great job, Charlotte!!! I'm sure you'll get exactly to the school you dream about... very excited for you;-)

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