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Q: Hello, I need some help answering this question..What does change mean to you? How do you feel about change? How have you changed your world? How have you changed personally? How you react to and handle change? Can you give me tips on writing the answer for this questions thanks.
Answer:

This has been categorised as a request for advice for a UCAS Personal Statement, though looking at your questions (which are couched in very general terms) this seems to me unlikely. I am not able to provide very detailed guidance, since (a). the aim of the exercise is far from clear to me, and (b). since I have no specific details about your achievements, interests and lifestyles, I cannot be very precise in what I suggest. Hence, my remarks are bound to be confined to a few general observations:

I suggest that you select a specific time period - perhaps the last two years, or your experience in the sixth form compared with GCSE year (or, if you are at unversity, university life compared with sixth form life).

Change can refer to your physical, intellectual or emotional development, or all three. It might be a good idea to select just one of these, and then focus squarely on it.

A key issue is the extent to which you were aware that your life was changing at the time, or whether this is something you have realised retrospectively. You could then look at whether change has, in your view, been for the better or worse, and at whether you might have handled things differently.

It follows from this that you should try to pick out decisive events that clearly acted as catalysts for change. A good idea is to focus on decisions that you found yourself having to make, and then analysing the reasons why you chose the course of action that you did. You will need to identify each time the AGENT of change - which could be your home life, school experience, or something related to an extra-curricular interest or activity. Change might have occurred as a result of meeting someone new, ending a relationship, facing a crisis, travelling somewhere, reading a book or paper, researching websites, getting stuck into an academic subject, or whatever. The key is to find SPECIFIC examples.

A good strategy is to look closely at your ATTITUDES and BELIEFS (in other words, your view of the world) and assess how these have altered. Again, try to identify the DECISIVE events or meetings that had an impact.

This leads on to the relation between changes in your view of the world and changes in your personality. Have examples of the former made you more optimistic/pessimistic, tougher, more resourceful, more resilient, more judgemental, fatalist, busier, cynical, self-preoccupied, kinder, more ambitious, etc., etc. So choose the areas of your personality that you think have been most affected - for better or for worse.

And then establish whether the evidence suggests that you are essentially REACTIVE (responding to changes, perhaps often reluctantly) or PROACTIVE (taking a leading role in bringing about change). This is really the most important issue of all - it tends to determine whether you are a leader or follower, optimist or pessimist, excited about challenges or generally fearful of them, determined to make an impact on the world or content to retreat into a shell.

I hope these ideas are helpful.

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