It doesn’t matter which university you are applying to your personal statement has to be good. However, for universities where the competition is especially high – for example Oxford, LSE, or Cambridge, your personal could be the difference between you getting in and you being rejected.
To help you get into your university of choice, in this case Oxford, here is an example of a personal statement to study Economics:
Having always had a keen interest in Mathematics at secondary school moving on to A Levels gave me the chance to develop my knowledge further and pick up the study of Economics alongside Mathematics and Statistics.
I have always been interested in how economics and business plays a key part in our society and the way we run the country. During my time at school I helped to develop my business and economics skills by being part of the school Young Enterprise scheme.
Not only did I get the chance to put economic theories into practice but I also developed my communication and teamwork skills. I was also involved in the School Council and held the position of Senior Prefect.
When I’m not studying I am a keen horse rider and regularly compete at county level. This has helped me develop my organisational skills and encourages a healthy and active lifestyle.
I enjoy travelling and keep a travel “blog” recording all the places I visit in the UK and abroad.
To help keep up to date will all the latest business and economics news I subscribe to the majority of the national newspapers including “The Times” and “The Economist”.
I used my writing experience and my interest in economics to complete a work experience placement with my local newspaper assisting with the writing and editing of their local business news column.
I hope that my time studying Economics will give me the skills and experience I need to have a successful career in the financial sector. I look forward to the new challenges life at university will bring and I aim to succeed in everything I do.