University Application UK – tips on what universities are really looking for!


– [Lucy] Are you applying to university? Are you wondering what universities
are really looking for? Well, my name is Lucy Parsons and I help GCSE A Level
students get the top grades and into their first choice of university. And in this video, I’m going to show you
some top pieces of advice from a university lecturer that I spoke to about what universities
are really looking for. So if you’re applying to university, you’re probably slightly confused about what lecturers and admissions tutors are actually looking for. I was so excited to
speak to Eleanor Snare, teaching fellow at the School of Design at the University of Leeds. Eleanor teaches third year students, supervises dissertations, and is heavily involved with open days, creative careers and
the admissions process. Here we’ll find out more on
how to get yourself noticed. So what do universities really look for? Many students have achieved
highly in their A Levels and have been awarded prizes. However, when they get to university, they suddenly realise
that they’re a little fish in a big pond. They’ve gone from being a high achiever to just another student. And what Eleanor says is, “Most of all, we’re interested
in your passion for learning “and where you are on
your learning journey.” It takes time and a
complete mindset change to adjust to the demands
of university learning. Eleanor said, “We’re looking
for creative thinkers, “people who can think on
their feet and solve problems. “Most of all, we’re interested
in your passion for learning “and where you are on
your learning journey.” So how can you get ahead and be ready for this mindset change? There’s lots you can do
while you’re still at school preparing for your UCAS application to prepare yourself for this
different culture of learning. As Eleanor says, “Find
your little project. “Go above and beyond.” So she said, “A great thing
to do is to join a sports team “or run a guide or scout pack.” But she says, “Don’t just do
the socially available stuff “like cups and scouts or
sports teams in your community. “Go over and above by finding creative “and independent projects
that light your fire. “For example, start a blog. “Write short stories. “Curate an amazing Instagram
feed or YouTube channel. “These are the things that show creativity “and independent thinking.” And you need to talk about
your learning journey, not your career path. So Eleanor says, “I’m not
interested in what specific job “you want to do. “I want to know what you want to learn. “University is a pathway to education “and a new way of seeing the world.” At university, you learn to think creatively and disruptively. Often, this isn’t very
attractive to employers in entry-level graduate jobs. However, it’s this
intellectual flexibility that you will get from
studying any subject that will mark you out from
the non-graduates in the world. I believe that you can’t put
a price tag on university or this intellectual flexibility
that you learn there. So how can you show all this
off in your personal statement? Eleanor’s advice is to practise
writing about yourself. Show pride in your achievements and demonstrate your learning journey, where it’s taken you so far and where you’d like
it to go in the future. She says, “Show you’re learning, “trying difficult and new things. “Not to show you’re the best, “but to show that you’re reflecting “on the things you’ve learned. “What’s your genuine interest in this? “What are the links between
the disparate things “that you’ve studied?” So think about these questions. What was interesting about it? What hooked you? Why do you want to explore it further? And be fascinating, not dull. So as Eleanor said about
university dissertations, “I don’t want to read something dull. “Being interesting isn’t
one of the formal criteria, “but it’s important for
university and for life. “Intrigue yourself and
intrigue your tutor.” If you can apply this philosophy
to your personal statement, you’ll be on to a winner. So if you’re intimidated by the idea of writing about yourself in a fascinating and intriguing way, you need to check out my e-course on writing personal statements, Your Complete Guide to a
Winning Personal Statement. It will show you how to craft everything from a compelling opening
sentence to a closing paragraph that leaves the admissions
tutor wanting more. You’ll also see how to
create the perfect flow and structure your personal statement in the best way for your life
experiences and aptitudes. And you can find out more
about the course here, lifemoreextraordinary.com/personal-statement-course. And if you’re interested to read Eleanor’s comments in more detail, you can do that on my website at lifemoreextraordinary.com/looking-for. If you’re watching this video on Facebook, please come and like my page Life More Extraordinary with Lucy Parsons to catch every video that I release. And if you’ve been watching on YouTube, please subscribe to my channel Life More Extraordinary on YouTube. Best of luck with your personal statement.

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