English Personal Statement Example 20

Over 309 million people speak English as their first language so it is often referred to as a "global language". We all use it and we all know it yet I feel that few of us understand it. This is why I am interested in developing my own understanding of the language that I, and those around me, use and encounter on a daily basis. I have enjoyed English as a subject throughout the entirety of my academic life so far and wish to pursue this enjoyment. Authors who have encouraged my enjoyment started with Jacqueline Wilson and Enid Blyton and went on to include Louise Rennison, Virginia Andrews and Ian McEwan, whose abilities to absorb the reader into a different world interests me, and with the chance to develop my own writing skills is something I hope to be capable of.

I attend a local book club once a month, which allows me to read books that I may have not chosen for myself, which helps greatly in widening my interests in different authors and genres, and enables me to enjoy discussions and varied opinions. My other interests include horse riding and walking, which due to living in a coastal area with moors, are considerably enjoyable. I volunteer at the local youth club twice a week, where I help to supervise and partake in activities and games with the children.

I am currently enjoying a gap year and working full time. I chose to take a gap year mainly because I felt I wasn't completely sure what path would be best for me, so I decided that the best option was to have time to think seriously and to make sure I was making the right choice and not wasting any time on a course not suited to me. I have also lived independently from my parents for two years, so feel I am adequately equipped for university life. Working full time has given me roles of responsibility, and shows how I am a dedicated, trusted and hard-working member of society.

I am looking forward to meeting new people from different backgrounds and cultures at university, new challenges, and a new way of life. After completing the course I aim to take a post-graduate teaching course, in order to fulfil my ambition of becoming a primary school teacher.

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This personal statement was written by Kay for application in 2008.


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