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Hermiona University

Acing your UCAS statement - and then making it work for your American applications, too!


“I like math because it’s easy for me.” “I’ve always wanted to be a businesswoman because my mom is.” “I’m applying to the Engineering course because I know I will be paid well.” You know these responses won’t get you admitted, but do you find yourself staring at the empty boxes for UCAS’s newly reformatted essay responses and struggling to fill the space with a unique and meaningful personal statement? Do you not quite know what you want to study, or you have absolute certainty about “what” but don’t know how to make the case for why - in such a competitive admissions environment - you should be accepted into your dream course?
Your Hermiona guide in this course - with a track record of acceptance to Princeton and Oxford - will lead students through a process of discovery of their unique academic autobiographies, prepare them to tell their story convincingly for UCAS admissions in UK, and show them what additional steps are necessary to repurpose their UCAS responses for university-specific supplemental prompts in the United States.

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5x 2-hour meetings + written feedback at the end.
a minimum of 3 students and cap at 12.



July 8 - August 12




Applications are being collected for September - December




Skills learned:

At the end of the course students will be able to 1) describe their academic passion in the form of a set of animating questions to answer or problems to solve, 2) describe their academic preparation to study their subject at the university level, 3) identify academic resources they can use to deepen their engagement in their subject, 4) make a succinct statement about how the given course or major fits their personal academic and career goals, 5) elaborate on how their extracurricular experiences have prepared them to contribute to a scholarly and residential community, 6) find relevant information about a course/major or a department on a university website, and 7) offer preliminary reflections on how they learn best.


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