Modern Languages Personal Statement

My decision to study Modern Languages at University has been driven by my passion for Language. My mother is fluent in French and began teaching it to me in primary school. To supplement this study of French, at High School I chose to study German.
I realised very quickly that it wasn’t the study of French that I had been enjoying, so much as the study of a language other than my own. As I continued to study German at school I became fascinated by the way language forms and develops and grew increasingly interested in taking the subject further.

Following my GCSEs I chose a varied combination of A level subjects. While studying English Literature and Music I developed my ability to analyse and interpret while also nurturing my creativity. I also studied Theatre Studies until AS level: a course almost entirely dependant on my ability to work in a team. I have also, voluntarily, taken up a distance learning A Level in English Language in order to develop my linguistic awareness and enhance my writing skills. I intend to have completed the full A Level by June 2007. I think this shows, not only great dedication to education and learning, but also a thirst for knowledge. I also continued to study German and it was my ongoing enjoyment of the subject that convinced me to look into careers centred on language.

I think it is a shame that, although 1 in 4 people around the world speak English as a second or third Language*, so few English people speak any other language fluently. I am interested in the cultures of other countries and would like to learn and understand ways of life different from my own. Considering this and having researched many careers, I feel, at the moment that I would be best suited to a career in Interpreting. This job would allow me to meet and associate with lots of different people while also allowing me to learn about their cultures and countries.

Visiting Germany, France and Italy in the past has been wonderful and I would love to travel the world in later life. I have visited Germany twice with school. I particularly enjoyed Cologne where we were given the opportunity to interview the natives for research. It was exhilarating to be able to communicate with them in their own language while also proving to me that, even with my limited vocabulary, I was able to make myself understood. I have also been to Venice and Brittany on holiday which allowed me to experience first hand, different foods and cultures. I know that Interpreting can involve a huge amount of travel and would greatly enjoy the opportunity to go to explore the unknown. I am of course aware that this is a very competitive career and have also researched teaching English as a foreign language.

I got a good feel for teaching when I completed a week of work experience in “Fulshaw Primary School”. I spent the week teaching the children things such as basic Maths and English, and was even lucky enough to practice my German on a young German student who had just transferred to the school. I found the whole experience thoroughly enjoyable and learnt many skills for the future: above all the importance of patience and keeping a professional relationship. I have also worked for a year in Wilmslow Library where I have come into contact with many different types of people. Working for a public service also allowed me to develop skills in problem solving and communication and I have become highly computer literate. Alongside School and extra curricular interests, I have managed to consistently maintain a Saturday job: currently, I work at the restaurant in ‘Hoopers Department Store’, a post I have remained at so far, for six months.

My main extra curricular interests lie in Music and Drama. I am trying to further my interest by having singing and piano lessons and am working towards taking my grade 8 singing exam in June 2007. I am, at present, a member of two theatre companies in the area and partake in many Musicals and Variety shows. I am also in the process of organising and directing my own Musical Showcase in aid of Cancer Research, which I am hoping will take place in May 2007. I have become a very confident person able to express myself clearly and concisely and I think these aspects of my personality would be invaluable when studying Modern Languages.

* “Encyclopaedia of the English Language” by David Crystal

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lol by guest at 10/01/2008 13:27:52

i like the use of the word natives to describe the inhabitants of cologne. r u related to prince philip by any chance?

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Comment by guest at 12/01/2008 19:42:19

You didn't really put a footnote in your personal statement, did you??

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Comment by helle at 27/02/2008 20:25:44

I like that you've justified why everything is relevant and what it shows about you. It's one of the best I've seen, I think. Where did you apply?

And to the poster above: Natives is technically correct in the context. I would have gone for native speaker, which I think is what the OP meant and has less negative connotations, but native works fine as well and when you're on a word limit, you need to make concessions.

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Comment by guest at 08/03/2008 12:44:21

Thank you Helle. Suprisingly I'm not related to Prince Phillip, I'm sure that would make it easier to get into university. I'm afraid I did include a footnote, as a was quoting a figure and my teacher told me I have to quote where I got it from. I applied to Exeter, Sheffield, Sussex and Southampton and got offer to all.

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i really like the way this is structured! I am going to uni next yr-
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