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I am in the middle of attempting to write my personal statement for Uni next year and I'm really struggling! I have looked at endless examples of good personal statements which has made me feel even worse about mine
I was just wondering if anyone knows if there's a structure for personal statements for English as it seems like there is, and what sort of books people are mentioning? I have an interest in modern American Literature and Dystopian novels but Im not sure if that's accepted? Im open to reading a wide range of books though but those are my favourites.
I am thinking of applying to Birmingham (1st choice) Leeds, Manchester, East Anglia and possibly Sussex.
Any advice would be very much appreciated
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I don't know about specific books to mention, although it would be better to mention ones not from your A Level/GCSE syllabus. As for how to structure your PS, look at the PS builder http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...statement_help
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Dystopian and Modern American literature sounds fine! Although it's tempting to list every book you've ever read in your personal statement (I tried to do this) I would probably recommend choosing two or three and writing a few sentences about what you found interesting about them. If you're struggling maybe think of the most interesting thing you've ever read - no matter what it is - and talk about why you find it interesting. I made the mistake of trying to write about books I wasn't actually that into because I thought it would be what they wanted to read - stay in your comfort zone and write about what you know and love.
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(Original post by holocene)
Dystopian and Modern American literature sounds fine! Although it's tempting to list every book you've ever read in your personal statement (I tried to do this) I would probably recommend choosing two or three and writing a few sentences about what you found interesting about them. If you're struggling maybe think of the most interesting thing you've ever read - no matter what it is - and talk about why you find it interesting. I made the mistake of trying to write about books I wasn't actually that into because I thought it would be what they wanted to read - stay in your comfort zone and write about what you know and love.
Thank you so much for your help I will do that I was just worried about not interested in what the Unis may want me too.
Thanks again
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[QUOTE=*Interrobang*;51282345]I don't know about specific books to mention, although it would be better to mention ones not from your A Level/GCSE syllabus. As for how to structure your PS, look at the PS builder http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...statement_help[/QUOTE
Thanks I will check it out
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