I realise I didn't really give enough info..
Thing is, at Winchester and CCCU I applied for English Lit and American Studies. Hertfordshire for English lit with 2 other subjects (American Studies and Japanese)
Oxford Brookes for English Lit and Japanese Studies and York St John for English Lit and Japanese(just the language)
My problem is, I would have automatically chosen Hertfordshire first if I hadn't gone to the visit day, because I'd get to do all three things I love. However I really wasn't keen on their English Program when I got there, and then I found out they only do beginner Japanese and you can't advance.
I liked Brookes quite a lot, however, my brother also goes there and I'm not sure if that would be weird, this is the best place to go for Japanese as you get the culture aswell as the language aspects, and you go abroad to Japan for third year, where you go to a Uni over there and intensely learn the language etc.
I really would love to go for a year abroad because I love travelling so much and don't get to go anywhere really, and also think this could help me gain independence. I love languages alot, and have been in love with Japan since I started watching Pokemon at around 7 y/o.
You should also know that I studied Japanese for two years prior to this, but only at evening classes, so I know the basics.
Then there is York St John which is English Lit which I was very pleased with the sound of, but when it comes to the language side, you spend your SECOND year abroad, making it a three year course, which I would like, however when explaining how it all works, I'm not sure i would be confident enough in the language skills after the first year, and I'd only be doing a total of two Japanese modules in the first year, because you spend another module sampling other languages.
Then onto American studies! I love America and wish I could live there someday, I adore the idea of going to a University over there, as I love their schooling system a lot.
CCCU, is perfect for this because you have your year abroad over there in the third year, and get the choice of quite afew unis there. I also liked the look of their English Lit aswell. I think if the points to get in weren't my lowest at 240, I'd put it first, but then I wouldn't get to do Japanese at all, because i checked to see if any colleges nearby did any short courses. I also had issues with the accommodation there, and the whole building seems rather old, but the staff seems super friendly! However this one is also the furthest away as it would cost a lot to get home and would take a whole day.
Winchester, I liked a lot, and seemed very nice in atmosphere, however I wasn't keen on their library. The accommodation was the best I've seen. I could see myself here, but I wasn't to keen on the term abroad in second year, because it looks like you miss a lot of awesome English modules, which is annoying. There didnt seem to be as wide of a variety of societies. However I found a college half an hours drive away, that does Japanese evening classes.
My dilemma is that I have to choose between Japanese and American Studies,!which is proving very tough, but my one main love is English literature and books, so unasked for opinions hoping they would simply help sway me. The reason i didn't like the English in Hertfordshire, whose campus and other things were my fave, is because they don't allow study of anything pre-Shakespeare. This means no medieval, no renaissance and no Sophocles etc. problem because I actually like Chaucer and literature from the renaissance. Um, yeah so, Ideas?
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