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Samuel Chan Sat Nov 3, 2018
上星期講到,撰寫UCAS個人陳述,要小心不要踩中足以致命的地雷,例如內容負面,或者列舉無謂清單,更勿假借他人把口來描述自己: 引名人金句是下策,抄襲他人文章更足以一命嗚呼,同學不得不防。   害人不淺的陷阱,當然不止這麼少。我讀過不少同學的...

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續談UCAS個人陳述地雷

上星期講到,撰寫UCAS個人陳述,要小心不要踩中足以致命的地雷,例如內容負面,或者列舉無謂清單,更勿假借他人把口來描述自己: 引名人金句是下策,抄襲他人文章更足以一命嗚呼,同學不得不防。

 

害人不淺的陷阱,當然不止這麼少。我讀過不少同學的大作,最後只有「千人一文」的感覺,原因是太多陳腔濫調。甚麼「我自小對XX科深深著迷」,或者「我由細到大對學問都有一份渴求」,這些人人都會講但講了都沒有甚麼意義的話,一來浪費了珍貴的字數,二來閱後令人馬上對閣下的興趣全失,簡直完全遺背了個人陳述的用意。

 

有同學知要字字精警,於是就有話不直涗,非要每粒字千錘百煉,在Thesaurus中找到最長最難最艱澀的字才用。事實上,太過咬文嚼字、為艱深而艱深也是大忌。尤其我見過不少同學沒有充分掌握這些深字的意思,以致錯誤運用辭不達義,就弄巧反拙。大家要記得,如果日常對話不會用到的詞彙,還是最好避免。

 

個人陳述講究內容,所以同學要警惕別把無關痛癢的事也寫進去。你曾經在學校大食會創下狂吞六十隻雞翼的紀錄?  課外活動做過編織學會的主席? 落筆之前,先問問自己,這些為你帶來一剎那光輝的歷史,是否構成認識你的重要資訊?如果不是,還是省略掉為妙。此外,如果沒有實質的事實支持,不要作誇張空洞的陳述。口號式高呼「我有高瞻遠矚的視野。」「我擁有輝煌的成就。」「我具鋼鐵一樣的堅毅精神」----若沒有真正經驗作證,假大空的話還是少說為妙。

 

寫個人陳述之難,真是不講得笑。偏偏也有同學為緩和一下氣氛,選擇在個人陳述中開開玩笑秀秀幽默。首先,英國人的幽默感不易捉摸,其次,個人陳述是要令考官對你留下深刻印象,但作為考生,你最不需要留下的,是「爛gag王」的印象。

慎防UCAS個人陳述地雷

近兩個月正在忙於幫學生報UCAS。上文提到,UCAS的兩大罪是大頭蝦及刻意隱瞞。後者甚至涉虛報作假之嫌,罪名不輕。因此同學即使有不光采紀錄,也要如實填報,必要時最多用個人陳述來為自己申寃。

 

話雖如此,個人陳述區區五百字,是令你自芸芸衆生中突圍而出的一大殺手鐧,定當要字字珠磯,若真有需要用來解釋為何曾留班輟學未嚐不可,但都要點到即止。講到尾,個人陳述口風要正向,應表現出你的過人長處和成就,而非放大失敗和缺點。

 

有些同學警醒到陳述非要扼要不可,於是就以自以為最有效率的bullet points來表達自己: 我閱讀過的書、我最喜愛的電影、我遊歷過的地方,甚至用來列舉生平事蹟: 六歲做班長,八歲游泳冠軍,十二歲綱琴五級,十四歲參與港大中大諸樣課程......莫名其妙地開出各式清單。首先考官讀來乏味無趣,其次亦無助校方增加對你的認識。要緊記個人陳述最要緊是個人化,你做過甚麼不是重點,反而背後的原因和箇中的學習體會才值得花些筆墨來詳述,令你的個人更立體化,讓校方留下深刻印象。

 

重要事再講一次,個人陳述要個人,即是同學要用自己把口講屬於自己的說話。見過很多同學很喜歡引名人諺語,孔子曰乜乜乜 Steve Jobs話物物物,同學可能覺得借名人或偉人的口代言,道理說出來更具份量。唯獨關鍵是校方實在並不想知名人有甚麼話說,而是想知學生的見解意見,引別人名言警句實在意義不大,可免則免。

 

借名人偉人把囗行不通,更忌的是用別人的陳述來借花敬佛,即抄襲也。網上不難找到其他人出色的個人陳述,同學只宜拜讀,作為參考不妨,搬字過紙據為己有則萬萬不可。要知UCAS有防抄襲的應用程式,一經查出,報名必定凍過水。

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Kandace Ying

2018/03/29 - 00:00

Ruthin School, located in a small town of Ruthin, far away from the city distraction, leading me to concentrate in academic. Frankly, I spend most of the time in studying, and prepare myself in every Saturday test. It is demanding especially not being the smartest student at school, meaning that I need to spend more of my leisure time I used to have to study. On the other hand, I have met a lot of friends and schoolmates and they are mostly come from the Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, and most of them from China, which is also the largest proportion of students in the school community. During the weekends, I habitually go to Tesco after Saturday test and then eat dinner with friends in common room or in town. Most of the time, I visit the Chinese restaurants either getting takeaway or dine in. On Sundays, school usually organises school trips to Manchester, Liverpool and Chester. During half term, in the order of safety, we are not allowed to stay outside school unless we are staying in with our parents or guardians. Furthermore, we are not allowed to have relationships with opposite sex in the matter of negative influence in academic. Drinking alcohol in school is prohibited and student who is being caught in disobeying school rules will be expelled unless the principal is being generous and suspend student for week(s). Indeed, trying to break the school rules bring a huge consequences and at the mean time to ensure students obeying the school rules. To sum up, my overall experience in Ruthin School is pleasant and hope striving my best in A levels.

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