Psychology and Sociology Personal Statement
There is no love anymore. No acknowledgement of the person next to you on the train. No smiles. No discussions. Nothing. Shockingly in fact, it’s plain to realise that humans are scared of each other, but why? Despite this, I persist in conjuring one ultimate conclusion: we are all equal.
There underlies an ongoing inequality between gender, class and ethnic minorities. This aspect is one among many that induces me with an ongoing thrill to further engage with sociology at a challenging new level. Studying this has challenged my envisagement of the world due to a range of key influential doctrines. For instance, Marx’s idea of the subordinate class being ripped of moralities in order to be ‘tailored’, has overpowered my mind into a much greater depth - inspiring me to further my knowledge in reading ‘Capitalism and The Social Theory’ by Anthony Giddens.
Learning the idea of a fragmental gendered social structure drew me closer to reading feminist books such as, ‘For the Record’ by Dale Spender. My passion to liberate minds derives from some of the most influential theorists of today, one of them being Noam Chomsky, which has been supported further in my independent study of social stratification.
I consider my cup half full not half empty, my inquisitiveness regarding all aspects of life has expanded my eagerness to constantly thrive for new psychological intellects, a field which I am hugely passionate about. For instance; feral children, which made me pick up ‘Savage Girls and Wild Boys’ by Micheal Newton. Experiencing a life of interaction with parents whom suffer from various psychopathological disorders, such as maniac depression, has not only strengthened me as an individual, but also is the bases of my inspiration to step deeper in the field of psychology and consequently benefit, reach out and give a better understanding to those who carry misconceptions about these absurd, yet sensitive and emotional behaviours: an incentive for reading ‘The Tortured Mind: The Many Faces of Maniac Depression’ written by Daniel E. Harmon.
The study of Sigmund Freud in particular, has made me independently analyse certain institutions such as the media, and how they cleverly use certain traits to reach out to the unconscious mind. Both subjects successfully intertwine with each other, producing me with a completely new perception of the world. I no longer look at subgroups as being just a divided sector anymore, but instead, I try to seek the answer as to why they chose to be within this particular subculture, and what exactly sparked the arousal of their social conformance.
The Army Cadets has enabled me with a strong headed attitude needed to succeed in the education system. Enrolling into a psychology course deepened my understanding of the subject I incredibly love! I also play a significant role in contributing to the school and wider community, which is acknowledged by several certificates such as ‘teaching their peers how to prevent domestic violence’ in a drama performance, which has increased my knowledge, confidence and team building skills.
I also contribute in school assemblies and the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, where I work in the youth council for my borough, student leadership team at school, ‘buddying’ a year 7 who has attributes to those of a selective mute, helping the year 7’s read in the library and working as a youth mark assessor, all reflecting my dedicated, punctual and hardworking personality.
I intend to break my way through this so-called ‘self imposed barrier’, consist of the minority and prove the following: working class students can excel too. Perseverance, I strongly believe is the crucial key in opening the door of success and helping the lives of many. It is these qualities that enable me to be an undergraduate that will not fail to disappoint, a fact patiently waiting for your recognition.
Comments on the statement:
A lot of unnecessary pompous language, I feel, although there's a lot of good content in this statement the language does make it feel false and padded out.
Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018
Your UCAS Personal Statement is easily the most crucial part of your university application, it allows you to show off a bit and show why you stand out from other candidates! A UCAS Personal Statement gives you 4,000 characters to tell everyone what you’re like, what you can do, and how passionate you are about the course that you’re applying for. Mentioning your A-Levels and GCSE results (or predicted results) is helpful, but the university want to know about you! What makes you tick? Why have you got an interest in the subject you’re applying for? What about the subject interests you and why?
These are all the questions that you’ll need to answer in your UCAS Personal Statement.
What is a Personal Statement?
A Personal Statement is an essay that you write about yourself that explains why you’d be a good student for a university and why you’re interested in your course. But more than that, this is a chance for you to display your passion for the subject. Your UCAS Personal Statement will fit the bill of “One size fits all”. This basically means that your Personal Statement should not be specific to one university. Your Personal Statement needs to show your passion for the course you’re looking to study rather than the university itself, don’t make the mistake of tailoring your UCAS Personal Statement to a university, rather than a course.
How long should I spend on my Personal Statement?
A Personal Statement should not be rushed! Plenty of students believe that you can write a Personal Statement the night before the deadline and just upload it to UCAS from there! Do not rush your Personal Statement. The more you rush it, the more the quality will suffer as a result.
A Personal Statement is a document that shows how passionate you are, so why not look up some quotes and see if you can incorporate these into your statement or see if you can make a connection between a certain hobby you have and how it can help you in your studies?
How do I write a Personal Statement?
Writing anything comes under the label of “Different strokes for different folks”. Whatever works for you is best. It is not uncommon for a student to go through several different drafts of a Personal Statement before coming to a final decision on which one to use. Your Personal Statement will most likely go through several different iterations before you settle on the finished product.
When does my Personal Statement need to be completed?
Personal Statements all need to be handed into UCAS around January 15th. Some institutions may have their own separate, internal deadlines to allow faculty members to evaluate your Personal Statement and see if there is anything that needs improvement as well, so check beforehand.
Is there anyone who can help me with my Personal Statement?
Yes, there are! You can speak to careers advisors, look up advice online, check out previous UCAS Personal Statement examples or Personal Statement templates or even use a Personal Statement Editor, to help you with your Personal Statement. Taking your Personal Statement to a tutor or teacher to have them check the work is a good idea too. Tutors and teachers will have seen many different Personal Statements over their time and they will all know the pitfalls and clichés that come with writing student Personal Statements.
Most universities will list Personal Statement guides on their websites as well, just to give you an idea of what they’re looking for.
Should I embellish anything on my Personal Statement?
Absolutely not! As with everything in life, the truth will always come out in the end, and lying on your Personal Statement is no different. Saying that you can speak five different languages when you can’t, is going to land you in a whole heap of trouble.
Universities have a way of finding things out about students and discover if they’re lying or not. This may be through simple background checks (routine phone calls to your previous schools or colleges) or simply asking you to prove yourself at interview stage if you are invited to one, and then the house of cards will come clattering down. It’s best, to be honest, and truthful, there will no doubt be enough for you to boast about without having to lie!
Where do I send off my Personal Statement?
Your Personal Statement will need to be sent off to UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). You will need to log onto your UCAS Portal and upload your Personal Statement onto the internal system. This will submit your Personal Statement to your university choices and your university application will have begun.
What should I do when I’ve sent my Personal Statement off to UCAS?
Stop. All you need to do is just stop. The more you think about your Personal Statement after you’ve sent it off, the more you’ll start to drive yourself mad! We recommend that once your Personal Statement has been sent off, you just relax and focus on everything else you’ve got going on. Constantly checking your UCAS Personal Statement means that you will end up never being happy with it, be confident in yourself and your abilities and it will all be fine!