By Chloe Robins, member of the Brightside Alumni Network
- Do your research: don’t make it to the end of a dreadful and stressful year of AS Chemistry realising you didn’t even need it for the courses and universities you’re applying to (oops).
- Plan early: many of the university schemes out there have deadlines early in the year, so don’t expect that opportunities will just come your way after first year exams are over whilst you have a whole summer to do absolutely nothing, otherwise you will end up just doing absolutely nothing!
- It’s okay to be unsure: if you’re not sure what you want to do at university yet then experiment; most universities or charities provide schemes in all subject areas and they may be most helpful in making your final decision.
- Have perseverance and passion: not only are these key qualities to express through your personal statement but they can be key in getting you accepted into the personal statement-boosting programmes.