Hello CC! I’m very interested in studying international relations at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
I’m a bit confused about what my personal statement should look like. For UK schools, personal statements are very cover letter-y, while American application essays are more creative.
I plan on applying through the Common App, so is it OK to use the same essay I have for American schools? Since St A is on the Common App conventional wisdom would suggest yes, but I want to be sure. Are there many students who have been admitted via the Common App? Or, does it make the most sense to use the direct application and draft a new essay specifically about my academic capability? (I’m not applying to other UK schools, so the UCAS seems extraneous).
I’d love any wisdom from admitted students or their parents. Any help is appreciated.