If you have space left over in the essay, you may want to write about an experience not directly related to your field, such as volunteer service.
Even so, end the passage with a clear statement about how that experience has better prepared you for graduate studies.
However, this can also be more challenging in that you need to show your readiness for a graduate program both in terms of skills and character.
The majority of the essay needs to be about your passion for your chosen field and why you have chosen to apply to a particular program.
And because the Common Application essay is accompanied by a detailed activities list, you’re also not expected to describe any of your activities within the essay either.
Stylistically speaking, UCAS and Common App essays are dissimilar.For example, if you are applying to a program in Materials Science, don’t start the essay with an anecdote about running a marathon or spend a paragraph writing about your experience volunteering at a homeless shelter.Seeing the request for both a ‘personal statement’ and a ‘statement of purpose’ can instill dread in the hearts of applicants.Is it okay if I use that personal statement for my main Common Application essay?My best guess is you’ll more than likely have to write another essay.There are significant enough differences between the Common App and UCAS applications that make cross essay submissions problematic.The purpose of the UCAS application is to convince a UK university you’re prepared to tackle a particular course of study, which will end up being your chief academic focus.And so the UCAS personal statement serves to convince a university that your academic and intellectual bent, history, and goals are aligned with your prospective course—it’s more akin to a US graduate school’s statement of purpose than a US undergraduate personal statement.And because UCAS doesn’t have an additional activities list that accompanies its personal statement, you can take a little more liberty describing your extracurricular activities, as they relate to your prospective course of study, into your UCAS essay.If this is the case, write your statement of purpose first to write about your research skills and experience, internships, and reasons for choosing the program.In your personal statement, you can go more into detail about the path you took to choosing your field, significant experiences not directly related to your field, and other aspects of your life that demonstrate your character and potential.