English Personal Statement
When I was very young, I used to love reading so much that my career ambition was to own a newsagents. This fondness for the written word has been in the background all of my life, and as the study became more intricate, I realised how interesting it could be. I have therefore chosen to study English at University, for enjoyment, for the analytical skills and for the wide experiences of life that literature covers
So far, my favourite genre is comedy, especially Stephen Fry, Chaucer and P.G. Wodehouse, although my experiences with all of these are limited. History has always been fascinating to me, and this ties into literature when I study why an author writes what and how he does. My study of mathematics complements my logical abilities and also my philosophical interests, which I also find influences literature a great deal
I have completed several periods of work experience, motivated by fun and/or interest. Working in a nursery school and also in a junior school was excellent fun. Particularly interesting was the way children learnt and discipline was applied. I have also been on a mini-pupillage in a Barrister's Chambers, which taught me a great deal about the profession, and have worked for a year in Allders department store, dealing with customers on the electrical department. This has given me confidence with the public and also considerable discipline
Recently, I have been considering training to become a barrister, for the academic quality and also the theatrical aspect. The satisfaction of an argument well won is something I relish
The atmosphere at my school is very competitive and stimulating. This intensity compliments my desire to learn and my intense self-motivation. This year I am serving as a prefect, a school librarian and also House Secretary. These all involve responsibility, organisational skills and strong presence in the school. Recently, there was held a summer school that studied some political philosophy and the absurd in literature, and I am also very pleased to have been awarded the school's English Literature prize. Drama is something I enjoy greatly, and I have appeared in a winning House Drama competition performance and soon the school's production of Cabaret
This is fantastic because I love to sing and am a member of the school's choral society
My main love is music and I own many CD's of all different genres. I have recently begun to learn the saxophone, and also own a guitar. My band has performed in a Battle of Bands competition - I am the vocalist. Other than that, I enjoy reading miscellaneous books and also outdoor activities. I am a member of the Scout Network and also Purbrook Scout Support Team. Also, I have completed the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award, and am now going on to the Silver
There are many things that I still want to do and learn, and I see university as the best opportunity to get involved more in drama and music, try some debating and hopefully take up a sport. Although having done relatively little so far, I regard university as a place where I can realise my potential in every aspect of life and also have a lot of fun studying what I love.
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