French and Italian Personal Statement
Before I participated in a French Exchange to Montelimar in 2005, I had found French interesting but didn't particularly think that it would be important in my longer term career aims. However, whilst in Montelimar, I found myself fully immersed in French culture and began to realise the breadth and beauty of the language and the importance of being able to express myself effectively in another language. This led me to exploring other European Languages to add to my knowledge. My sixth form college offered GCSE Italian and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to learn another language. I love the country and have visited there many times with my family.To further my knowledge and understanding of the language and culture, I jumped at the chance to gain work experience in the French Speaking area of Liege, Belgium. I found this an enjoyable and rewarding challenge particularly when it came to teaching younger students English as it gave me an insight into how others learn our language as well as helping me with my studies. This helped my decision to continue my language studies at university.
I have particularly enjoyed the immigration aspects of the French A2 course and the environmental section of the GCSE Italian course. I am also studying A2 Geography, which has allowed me to gain knowledge of the world. I would like to experience many different cultures and languages allowing me to improve my language skills. I am looking forward to a trip to China as this will allow me to experience the culture and language of a non-European country. I am studying A2 Maths which means I have to be organised, keep up to date with work and meet deadlines. AS Geology means that my work has become more detailed, as in field sketches which require as much detail as possible.
Outside of college, I participate in the Scunthorpe Co-Op Choir and I have been involved for 9 years now. This shows I am dedicated, committed and reliable for concerts, rehearsals and tours. It has taught me how to work as part of a team and cooperate fully to its success. The choir have also visited Paris, Australia (singing at the torch ceremony at the Olympics) and Wales and entered several prestigious competitions. In preparation for Paris, I taught the choir how to pronounce the words in Dome Epais. I am a young leader for Brownies and this has taught me how to be a leader. I am very committed to this as I have been part of Girl Guiding since I was 5. I like seeing the Brownies enjoying the activities and I am currently training to become an adult leader. I play for the college Netball Team so I work as part of different teams but also individually and I was captain of the rounders team at school so I had to be organised enough to distribute action plans. I was a prefect at school and a student ambassador for college. I have participated in college open days and evenings as a reference point for prospective students and feel I am a reliable student. I also play the clarinet to Grade 3.
As a part-time job, I work at Argos where I feel I am a trustworthy team member yet I can still work under my own initiative to do things before being requested to do so. I enjoy meeting the staff there and I get to meet a wide range of people from all backgrounds which has improved my communication skills. During the summer, I worked at a school where I created systems to organise the uniform orders and SEN files. I also helped as a French Assistant within some of the GCSE French lessons.
These activities have made me a self-motivated person with a wide variety of interests and I am eager to begin my degree course.
This personal statement was written by L3ann3 for application in 2007.
L3ann3's university choices
University of St Andrews
University of Sussex
University of Leicester
University of Leeds
University of Bristol
Green: offer made
Red: no offer made
BA French and Italian at University of Leicester