I was interviewing university students once and came out feeling that they had all got grade 8 in some instrument. DoE gold awards. had produced the school play and played sport for the county.
- however when you actually spoke to them it was a different matter - some were wonderful and others seemed clueless, the selection was based far more on what was said at the interview and the academic qualificatons than the other activities outside school.
Thanks for that post Hermanmunster. I have just read my elder son's personal statement and I don't think my jaw has come up from the ground yet. He has been mentored by an ex Oxford admissions officer (through his school), and I find it hard to believe that what has been written has been slated as 'excellent'. My son showed me his original version, and then the version after the suggested changes.
He's going to do some 'tweaking' (or.....major changes!) to it - but he has to do it himself. After reading what was written, it wasn't my DS's personal statement, but rather something someone else had had him write.