When I was 18 and I had just finished studying my A-Levels in sixth form I felt very pressured to apply for University. At the time I didn’t feel that I was emotionally and physically ready for this kind of commitment. Due to this, I ended up going traveling around the world instead. I do not regret my decision as I now believe I’m ready.
The reason for today’s blog post is to express my beliefs when it comes to applying for university directly after school. I want to show people you don’t need to force yourself if you don’t feel ready. I know that a lot of people feel pressured to apply for university whilst at school even though they know they aren’t ready yet.
The best thing I could have ever done was have a 2 year break after sixth form and apply for university at the age of 20. I am a lot maturer now and feel ready to commit myself to studying for my dream career.
Writing a personal statement can be the hardest part of most peoples university journey. So, I have decided to share mine for anyone who is stuck and needs that extra support.
What is education? Education is so much more than teaching Mathematics in the morning and English in the afternoon, You are a role model that someone looks up to and follows in the footsteps of. I once came across the quote “every child is born a naturist. His eyes, by nature, open to the glories of the stars, the beauty of the flowers and the mystery of life” and I can’t express how much I believe in the wisdom of this quote. Although I may not have known at the time I believe I was destined to lead and educate the younger generations. I was a strange child, from little I would invite my friends round for tea after school and where most children would play with barbies and dolls I was different. Welcome to the class of Miss Ashleigh Davis. I would re-enact lessons where my friends would be my pupils and I would guide and educate them on the ways off life. I believe my dedication for this comes from my own personal experiences where my teachers and professors have been my guidance in the past. I couldn’t have achieved all the fantastic things I have without their help and I would love someone to write this in their personal statement about me one day because of the support I gave them to achieve their dreams.
I have recently arrived back in the UK from Travelling around South East Asia, Indonesia and Australia for 2 years. During this time I met so many different people who have such a diverse lifestyle compared with our daily routines in England. It is my ambition to one day return and pursue my career in educating deprived children of the world. I have experienced so much in such a short amount of time in my life and I believe this has shaped me into the person I am today. I would love to re-engage my dream of teaching and helping others to better themselves in life with a grounding of education to give them the stability I was fortunate enough to have received. Besides My travelling I have also experienced a lot back home in England. I have previously volunteered my time with the local Brownies and Guides group (Interacting with children from the age of 8 all the way up to 13) for a total of 2 years. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience as it has helped me develop an interest for this course and it gave me the motivation to pursue my dreams with working with young individuals. As well as this I currently run my own lifestyle blog for young individuals which I think is great, everybody needs advice and guidance at some point of their life no matter how old you are but in my eyes the younger ones are in need of just that little bit extra. When I first started blogging about my life I only had 3 followers which of course one of them was my mother and after devoting my own time I now have as many as 887 followers and this makes me really proud. Even to this day I myself am still being educated, On the side of my full-time position at Sainsbury’s I am currently studying two level 2 diplomas from home. I am studying a Level 2 Special education needs course and a Level 2 CBT & Counselling diploma. This independent study has really helped motivate my brain and get back into learning making me ready for university and I am thoroughly enjoying learning about these courses in such dept.
The reasoning behind choosing Educational studies over a more specific course such as Primary Education is because I want to keep my options open for the future. This will enable me to gain as much knowledge as I can for a vast carer choice. Although Primary education has always been the dream, Counselling has always been high up on my list too and by studying educational studies It will help broaden my horizons and help me discover what I was truly put on this earth to do. I believe the enthusiasm and dedication I have will be very useful for a course such as Educational Studies and will help me to achieve my full potential of getting my dream job. I am ready to express my opinion and educate the world around me.
The most important part about my personal statement is that I wrote it from the heart. It may not be the most formally written example but you can see my passion for the course shine through.
If you are applying for a course in order to get your dream career you should show this. This shouldn’t be hard to do at all as you’re passionate. Tell them how much it means to you and how much you want this and you will pull through fine.
I have decided to apply for Canterbury Christ church university, Manchester metropolitan university and lastly Nottingham and I am so excited to hear back from them.
I wish everyone the best of luck in applying for university this year and I also want to tell people if you aren’t ready don’t apply and regret. Life is too short to be unhappy and stressed. Make yourself proud, you only have yourself to prove.