So, you’re applying to university and wondering what to put in the dreaded personal statement. You only have 4,000 characters, so you need to choose your material carefully. As history admissions tutor at the University of York, I’ve seen my fair share of personal statements. Some are bland. Some are memorable. And some are memorable for the wrong reasons. So what are we looking for in a history personal statement? How do you convince admissions tutors like me that you’ve got what it takes to study history at university?
To begin with, let’s think about the things you should include. You’re applying to do a history degree, so you need to demonstrate that you have a genuine interest in history and will enjoy studying it for the next 3 years of your life. There are several ways in which you can communicate this.
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