Ending Your Personal Statement Examples

Wondering how to write a great personal statement and what to put in it? Check out our top rated personal statements from our library of over 2,000 examples.

Having been born in the UK, with parents from Delhi and Kenya, I feel my background has given me an internationally diverse outlook. In my travels, I have met with both the affluence of Europe and the poverty existing in India...

The idea of proof has always held a real fascination for me. The process of starting from a simple set of axioms and deriving almost any mathematical truth (putting Godel to one side) is what truly separates Mathematics from any other subject...

History of Art is the door to artistic, cultural, historical and personal enrichment. With motivation and effort it can also lead to truly interesting career opportunities, most notably as far as I am concerned, fine art auctioneer...

From an early age I have been fascinated by the workings of life. The human body is a remarkable machine with many diverse systems producing an organism that could never be artificially reproduced. My love of science is just one of my reasons for choosing medicine...

On a vacation to the Krak des Chevaliers and Palmyra in the Syrian Desert, I witnessed the rich culture of the Middle Eastern people. This region is generally perceived by western democracies as a constant source of political and social turmoil...

I have always had a great interest in Science and Mathematics because of the impacts that both of these have on our daily lives. I have become fascinated by Pharmacy as a career because it brings together Chemistry and Maths and directly effects on the lives of people in the community...

Mathematical logic and concepts underlie functionality of practically every process from rocket science to the budget of a household. It is this diversity of application that intrigues me and makes me want to study it in depth...

Examination of any quality newspaper will probably demonstrate that more of the headlines address economic problems than any other topic. The importance and relevance of economic related disciplines to the modern world have led me to want to pursue the study of the subject at a higher level...

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by all living things. Throughout my childhood travels I have encountered many natural wonders in various parts of the world, from the giant redwood forests of California, to the rich variety of aquatic life populating the coral reefs of the Caribbean Sea, which have all greatly inspired my imagination...

I find the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Games Physics interesting and so I have decided to study a course to include these areas. I am currently studying an A level in Information Technology in which I have used Visual Basic in Microsoft Excel and Access...

My three major interests and passions are Computer Science, Maths and Music, and I believe that there is a creative fusion between all these disciplines. I engage wholeheartedly in these areas both in my school courses and out of school, and hope that I will be able to continue doing so on my chosen course and in the extra-curricular opportunities at university...

What excites me about archaeology is the excitement and anticipation from finding those missing pieces of the jigsaw that make up our past. My earliest recollection of archaeology was from 10 years ago when my parents took me on holiday to the Greek island of Kos and whilst there, we visited the Asklepion ruins, and I was amazed by what had remained from Greek times...

I have always been fascinated by my mathematical studies and, having a flair for the subject, there was never any doubt that I would choose mathematics as a degree. It is a pivotal subject on which so many others depend (such as physics and chemistry)...

I am one of ten, so you may see why I would like to work with children. I wasn't always sure as to what profession I would like to join but for the past couple of years it has became apparent that I want to work with children...

Academically, I have always been a very determined and studious individual, hence why I knew that a degree at University would be the definite next step. I have a broad interest in many subject areas yet feel drawn towards a law or business orientated degree...

From an early age I’ve always been deeply interested in computing. It was my dad, introducing me to the computer systems at his work place that first sparked this interest. I can always remember the feeling of wanting to know just how computers worked, why they worked and what else they could do...

ICT has developed tremendously over the last twenty years, and as a result I have a keen interest in these changes and would like to be a part of them. From an early age, I have always been deeply interested in using computers, which are the most influential tool in my live...

To take a journey in art is to follow a path that is never ending; you will never know all there is to know or see and discover all there is out there. You will find yourself 10 years down that path still discovering new things, getting excited and inspired by the most ordinary of things, question the media to which we are exposed, whether it be the design of a C...

When asked why I like Mathematics, I realised that it is all down to my personality. Being a composed, explicit person, I enjoy the challenge of questions with unequivocal answers. My character’s orderly side draws me enthusiastically towards neat solutions, my creativity gives rise to my acceptance of new ideas and my positive mind results in my wish to succeed...

I come from a background where my family has been in the retail trade for the last hundred years. Whist I was growing up I have been actively taking part in the running of the business. My family has given me the opportunity to further myself in achieving my goals...

Wondering how to end your personal statement? To help make this part of the applying to uni process a little bit more straightforward we spoke to over twenty universities to find out how much impact the end of your personal statement can have on your application and how to conclude it with a bang. 

To kick us off Laura Knight, education liaison officer at Staffordshire University explained why the the end to your personal statement is so important. 

“A strong conclusion gives a roundup of the evidence a student has given in their statement to show how their knowledge, skills and experiences have and will enable them to come to university and not only want to learn more but also want to succeed in the future”


Here are the eight things you must do when concluding your personal statement and why it matters. Do this and you’ll nail it. 

1. Remember your personal statement could be key to you getting an offer


Paul Starkey, director of recruitment and admissions at the University of Bolton told us that “it’s one of the only opportunities to really stand out, not only talking about academic study, but also showing knowledge of the course you’re interested in and any extra-curricular activities relevant to your application”. Bangor University’s Emma Harris, added that “a strong conclusion is essential to leave no doubt in the reader's mind that you deserve an offer”. 

2. Keep it simple


“A strong conclusion should pull together all of your key points” says Laura Clash from Nottingham Trent University. Ian Freedman, student recruitment officer and Simon Jenkins, the UK student recruitment manager at Keele University explained that it’s important to remember that “you will have a reason for applying to university and to your particular course; the conclusion offers a great opportunity for you to reiterate what this reason is". Rather than trying to leave a last impression by using big words and complicated expressions “keep it simple but powerful, with strong and eloquent language” says Joanna Haran, deputy head of admissions at the University of Salford. 
 

3. Don’t waffle


Make sure your personal statement doesn’t end weakly, keep up the momentum by “using your conclusion to reinforce your commitment to the course you’ve chosen. Keeping this short and concise is better than long and vague” says Pat Watson, head of UK and EU admissions at Anglia Ruskin University. Rosie Reynolds, outreach officer at the University of Westminster agrees adding “you should use this section to clarify to the admissions tutor that you meet the criteria they are looking for”. Make sure you that you don’t waste this space by adding additional personal information reiterates Gavin May, student recruitment assistant at St George's, University of London , “keep it simple, concise and relevant!” 

4. Remember that your PS could be the key to an interview


“Many of our courses shortlist applicants based on the applicant’s personal statement so a powerful conclusion to a personal statement can be the difference between getting an interview and being unsuccessful.” Says Phil Hiley, admissions team leader at University of Bradford. Gillian Woolley, pre-entry information, advice and guidance adviser at the University of East London adds that if the course you’re applying to includes an interview then it’s a good idea to conclude with “I would love to do this degree and hope you will invite me for interview”. 

5. Personal is always best


Make sure you “summarise what you are most looking forward to about studying at university” says Kirsty Wilkinson, Loughborough University school and college liaison manager and “why you feel that this is the right course choice for you”. Professor Martin Coyle, School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University shared “be truthful; be true to yourself; do your research before writing the PS and that way it will have substance and be convincing.” 

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6. Make it clear why you’ll be an asset to the university


“End with a statement about why the universities would benefit from having you as a student” says Hannah Robinson, Outreach Officer at the University of East Anglia, “share how you’ll make the most of your uni experience and how you’re looking forward to the challenge”. Shona Barrie, recruitment, admissions and marketing manager at Heriot-Watt University explains that universities are more than just a place where you’ll study, and understanding that universities are communities is important. “Tell us why you will be an asset to our university community (without it sounding like a job application) – so it's not just about getting a degree – it's about appreciating the bigger picture! 

7. Show you understand the university’s values


Are you clear about the mission and values of your dream university? Have you considered how your personal values might align with them? “SOAS is unique so we want to see how unique you are” says Paul Sharp, undergraduate admissions officer at SOAS, University of London. “We want applicants who won't settle for the status quo but live and strive to learn and improve every single day that they are here with us.” 

8. Explain how university fits into your life plan


“Present your long term plans and how your chosen course will help you to achieve this” suggests Ann Partington, senior admissions officer at UCLan. Kimberley Ashwell, admissions officer at Buckinghamshire New University adds that providing some information on “what you imagine yourself doing after you complete your degree” will help the admissions team to picture how you’ll fit at the university. Then "once you've drawn together your motivations for further study, your current studies and career ambitions, deliver a strong, final line about why you deserve an offer" concludes James Aitken, schools & colleges liaison manager, at Royal Holloway. 

Don't feel overwhelmed

  • If you have any questions about writing your personal statement, talk to our knowledgeable community who will be able to help you in our personal statement forum.
  • You can also use our personal statement builder which will provide you with the perfect template to help you put together your first draft.
  • You can also speak to university representatives in our university forums who will be able to answer any questions you have about applying to their university.

Article by TSR Community on Thursday 09 November 2017

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