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Do quirky personal statements really help?

Did you hear the one about the student that sent a one word personal statement to Oxford and got an unconditional?

These stories do the round every year but sadly, as much as you’d like them to be true, they’re just a myth.

Your personal statement is a chance to get your personality across, but the best way to do that is through showing your passion for the subject you’re applying for and the experiences you’ve had to give you that passion.

There’s no quick way to do a statement, it takes time, multiple drafts and did we mention time? Luckily there is help out there, sites like The Student Room have dedicated forums offering help on writing your personal statement, and if you have any questions you can ask one of our experts too.

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