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Today’s Oversubscription, Tomorrow’s Personal Statement

by allisonharvard (writer), , November 11, 2012

Oversubscription is a phenomenon known for both perceptions and pressure. Choosing a secondary education is heavily based in student’s and parent’s perception.

Students continue their education while simultaneously prepping for higher education via secondary education. Before students and parents could get to worry about course admission or UCAS, they will have to deal with the national offer day.

Similar to any admissions process, the hunt for places on education institutions is retrofitted with the system that’s perceptibly fair. Fairness is the word that resounds to every parent and students opting to get what they believe they deserve to have – an institution of their choosing.

Yet as this system is retrofitted with “admissions codes” or “appeal codes,” there are factors that fail to make the system satisfactory, and vice versa. One such famed factor is oversubscription. Yes, the word does have a guilty appeal to the party doing the choosing – parents and their children-students.

Oversubscription is a phenomenon known for both perceptions and pressure. Choosing a secondary education is heavily based in student’s and parent’s perception – of which school does better in preparing and sending students to the best higher education institutions (term ‘best’ implicates another oversubscription).

Pressure works a bit similar to perception, except in the grounds that it does a more ‘forced’ impact in the selection of schools. In other words, while a secondary institution may not be perceptibly fit for the students’ educative process, the institution asserts its ‘fitness’ via its quo.

Evidently, while pressure’s culprit could be the institution, the stronger force, perceptions is indubitably the chooser’s part of the cake, the parents’ and students’. With such higher culpability, it is no surprise that The Guardian’s Mike Griffiths depiction of the selection-scene was: “as long as some schools are perceived as better and have more applicants than places, some parents will be disappointed.” Such disappointment became inevitable.

And while oversubscription continues to bite, students have their future challenges to chew on: like personal statement writing. Tasks like this is evidently one of the main cause why students and parents take pains to gain access to their chosen secondary education.

Students, for one, want to put valuable stuff in their personal statement; and they could put such not solely with the name of their founding academic institution, but with the learning experiences proffered thereof. Such deal may sound mediocre; but if one puts in the picture the unique offerings of a secondary institution, and the perceptive knowledge that no other institutions offers such, the school selection becomes more teeth to teeth.

Interestingly, students nowadays put long term decisions in lieu of long term possibilities. The writing of the personal statement is one of them; and its one of which students want to use to facilitate the putting of their best foot forward. Too bad the oversubscription debacle isn’t yet over.

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