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So I've decided to apply for uni this year and the courses I've applied for are English and Marketing Management.
I have always had a passion for English and would love to study it but since I left sixth form two years ago I have developed an interested in all aspects of marketing too. Therefore I've applied to do both, along with an English & Film course. I am interested in all of them equally. So I have three choices;
English & film
And here's my problem. How do I write a personal statement that combines my love for English AND marketing!?
Do I mention that I'm applying for both courses? Or do I be really vague?
I just have no idea where to start at the moment. Please help!
Thanks in advance
English is a very popular course too, so bear in mind that you will be competing with people who've written a PS all about English. Have you checked for courses combining English with some aspect of business? And bear in mind that an English degree can still lead to a job in marketing.
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Universities want to see a comitment to your course choice, so any PS that makes it obvious that the candidate is still undecided will count against that candidate. They may consider a candidate who is undecided at this stage is more likely to drop out early, which is something the university wants to avoid.
You would have to make a decision between the courses in the next couple of months anyway, so it would be much better to decide now, and write a personal statement focused on one course. This will increase your chances of getting a higher number of offers.
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'If you liked William Empson, you're gonna love elllieeee1994', 'you too could be the lucky recipient of my cribbed and hungover reflections on the Wasteland'. That kind of thing.
However, I'm not saying it can't be done, but it is worth considering how this may impact on your application and chances of offers. Some universities place a lot of emphasis on the personal statement, whereas others may not.
Just out of interest though, where have you applied? Certain Universities (such as Durham) occasionally allow you to create a secondary personal statement if you are applying for multiple subjects.
If the University generally doesn't, then I would also recommend contacting the admissions office of the department and talking to them about it. However, I would suggest that you prepare yourself before you do so, in case they start to ask you questions about the subject, yourself and whatnot.
A friend of mine applied for single honours courses in French, Spanish and International Relations (and joint honours regarding the other two options) and managed to obtain five offers (Three of those offers were from Royal Holloway), so it's still possible to receive an offer despite the fact that you're applying for three different courses.
Just try create a link between the 2 subjects when you talk about it.