Source: Caitlin Regan (Flilckr)

Source: Caitlin Regan (Flilckr)

Writing a personal statement to apply for a university place can be stressful and time-consuming. You need to sell yourself and show (rather than just say) why you’re right for the course. Yet, experts also say that bragging about your achievements won’t make you look good – you have to find the perfect balance.

While it’s not easy, what you can do, to stand out from the crowd, is avoid the 10 most overused opening sentences (compiled by UCAS in their Guide to Getting into University and College).

Don’t start your personal statement with:

1. I am currently studying…
2. From a young age I have always been interested in…
3. From an early age I have always been interested in…
4. (Nursing) is a very challenging and demanding career…
5. For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with…

Read the other 5 most overused opening sentences at The Telegraph.