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    So I'm planning on applying for English this year (one of the universities I'm applying to will be Cambridge, hopefully) and I'm just wondering what things I could do over summer to boost my personal statement apart from reading and writing haha, thanks!


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    Anything that will help show that you have an academic interest in the subject.
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    English wat? Language or lit?
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    (Original post by Tsrsarahhhh)
    English wat? Language or lit?
    Literature


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    So I'm planning on applying for English this year (one of the universities I'm applying to will be Cambridge, hopefully) and I'm just wondering what things I could do over summer to boost my personal statement apart from reading and writing haha, thanks!


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    Here is my sticky on the subject:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...6#post37765516
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    Here is my sticky on the subject:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...6#post37765516
    I've just re-read that and the following single statement stood out as being, perhaps, the most important thing for a candidate to understand:

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    there's a difference between reading for pleasure and reading as an intellectual endeavour
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    I've just re-read that and the following single statement stood out as being, perhaps, the most important thing for a candidate to understand:
    Indeed. One of my successes as a teacher was with a student who started out in the L6 saying that he wanted to study English because in his opinion the best writer in the English language was Stephen King. By the end, he got an A* and went to a pretty competitive university to read English, with a particular interest in Jacobean tragedy.
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    You should prepare for the ELAT

    Some wider reading suggestions are listed here
    This includes:
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    a particular interest in Jacobean tragedy.
    Oo-er. I always reckon that stating an interest in the works of Ford and Webster is a hidden declaration that you enjoy pulling your little brother's legs off.
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Oo-er. I always reckon that stating an interest in the works of Ford and Webster is a hidden declaration that you enjoy pulling your little brother's legs off.
    I've no issue with that.... I draw the line at shagging your sister and cutting her heart out to wave in front of her husband's nose on a dagger, but come to think of it, it's just Game of Thrones, really, isn't it?
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    Thanks guys! c:


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