The most common first lines for Ucas statements have been revealed


The most frequently used opening lines in university applicants' personal statements have been revealed by admission service Ucas.

Out of 700,000 applications, more than 6,900 students used one of the top 11 phrases - and it's not a good thing if your opener is on the list.

Ucas chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said: "The personal statement is supposed to be personal. Learning to write about yourself in a compelling way is a vital skill when applying for jobs. Using hackneyed phrases is not the best way to stand out."


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Here are the 11 most common opening lines used during the 2015 Ucas application cycle - which you might want to avoid.

1. From a young age I have (always) been [interested in/fascinated by]... (1,779 applicants)

2. For as long as I can remember I have... (1,451)

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Playlist 'inspirational opening lines' should help... (DragonImages/Thinkstock)

3. I am applying for this course because... (1,370)

4. I have always been interested in... (927)

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5. Throughout my life I have always enjoyed... (310)

6. Reflecting on my educational experiences... (257)

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Can I still start with "I"? (spiritprince/Flickr)

7. Nursing is a very challenging and demanding [career/profession/course]... (211)

8. Academically, I have always been... (168)

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Has 'Once upon a time...' been taken? (Megaflopp/Thinkstock)

9. I have always wanted to pursue a career in... (160)

10. I have always been passionate about... (160)

11. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world... (148)

That last one is a quote from Nelson Mandela.

The Ucas website contains details of how to write a personal statement.