October 15th is the UK deadline for submissions to medical and Oxbridge (Oxford and Cambridge) university courses. Year 13’s have been crafting their personal statements through multiple drafts and meetings with the university advisory team as they have only 47 lines and total of 4000 characters to sum-up what they want to study, why the wish to study it and what they have done in the past several years to support their applications. As you can imagine… this is no easy task.
One of the most important parts of the personal statement is what students have done in regards to “Super-Curricular activities” – these are activities that support academic development but are not directly taught in the syllabus. Examples of this would be clinical work experience for aspiring medics, attending external lectures for budding scientists or completing on-the-job work shadowing in law firm for want to be lawyers. The competition for places in top universities is fierce, and students at TBS are encouraged through the CAS programme to get as much super-curricular experience as they can, thus allowing them to build their application profiles at the same time.
On this note I would like to congratulate Filip and Leon on completing their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award this week. It is wonderful achievement that reflects 3 years of commitment to the International Award programme. Well done chaps!
Head of IBDP, University Advisor
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