In time you’re going to be applying to university and you’re able to click submit on your UCAS application and be capable of letting it all, temporarily, sit back at the back of your mind until results day. However, until that lovely morning arrives you’ll have to actually work on your answers and here is why applying through UCAS can be annoying.
It’s not as easy as you thought it would be
It isn’t as easy 1, 2, 3 – or anything like it! This is a hard lesson to swallow and you might see that it is more difficult than anticipated. You have to set up your account, pay for your choices and maybe connect to your school – depending if you’re applying independently or not. There are so many things you need to sort out and several sections you have to complete – all before the session is timed out! And that isn’t even thinking about your answers!
There is no such thing as straightforward
When you create your account remember to write all of your information down, because when it comes to you researching your universities or filling out the sections of your application you won’t want to have to ‘reset’ password or scroll through the hundreds of ‘unread mail’ that you have in your inbox every time you log on!
UCAS isn’t simple like you presumed
It is actually a really great idea to create an account much earlier than you start applying to university. Each website is laid out differently and you want to ensure you’re use to how each part works and to become familiar with the UCAS website. You don’t want to waste hours of your important researching time on learning how to use the website! It’s also smart to read up on the different levels of the application, from the filling out stage all through to UCAS Track and Extra, so you understand your options and what happens throughout during different times of year!
The computer isn’t going to be the only thing that you find annoying about your application process! Your teacher, friends and family are going to nag you, and we mean nag you! You’ll have your teachers telling you to complete your sections and your mum to let you read your personal statement.
You need to actually conduct your own research
The UCAS website doesn’t have information about each course or the university itself, so you want to be able to know what each institution has to offer and if it is the right course for you before you choose it! Also, you should compare universities to ensure you’re narrowing down your choices correctly.
There is no ‘right’ answer
Each application is different and no two will ever be the same. Don’t spend time worrying about what your friends are going to do and what they’re writing down on their personal statement! There is no right answer to the UCAS application (although lying is the wrong answer!), therefore, as long as you’re honest and are choosing subjects that are a real interest to you and what you want to do in life then that is the perfect answer you’ll ever be able to give! There are plenty of ways for you to learn how to make your UCAS application stand out, and lying on one will make it stand out for all of the wrong reasons.
No matter how much advice you seek from your career advisors, favourite teachers and wise family members you need to source the inspiration from yourself. Now, as much as the UCAS application can be annoying, get back to that personal statement!
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