I am taking a course in Japanese language at Durham University, which has allowed me to investigate university life as well as interact with like-minded people. So I'm going to apply to university soon, applying for the course PPE (Politics, philosophy and economics) or just Politics and Economics. (I just gave DDO as an example but there are so many different things you can say.)@Grape: This is the website I have to apply through, and the information they give you about writing the personal statement: http://ucas.com/students/applying/howtoapply/personalstatement/
Apart from Oxbridge, my second choice would probably be Durham, then Newcastle, generally Russell group unis (equiv your ivy group).