Is it too personal for my personal statement?

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    Hi!

    I'm currently trying to write my personal statement and I'm applying to study english literatur. I know one of the main things to talk about is why you're interested in the subject and for me the thing that sparked my interest is quite personal. As a child I grew up with an emotionally abusive father and reading was my coping mechanism. It was what got my through living with him and that is one of the main reasons why I want to study it, literature can literally save lives. But the thing is, I don't know if that is too personal a story to tell? Will it just look like I want their pitty? I obviously don't want that to happen but I also don't know how to honestly describe why I want to study this course without bringing it up.
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    urgh, that must have been horrible... But, I don't think they want to hear your whole life story and they don't want your personal statement to be so long. Maybe you can say that
    Reading helped me to cope during the tough times.
    Lol, I don't know. XD Maybe just mention "personal reasons" instead of explaining why or say it made you feel happier and blocked out all the depressing things you went through during life.
    I hope this helped!

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    Hi!

    I'm currently trying to write my personal statement and I'm applying to study english literatur. I know one of the main things to talk about is why you're interested in the subject and for me the thing that sparked my interest is quite personal. As a child I grew up with an emotionally abusive father and reading was my coping mechanism. It was what got my through living with him and that is one of the main reasons why I want to study it, literature can literally save lives. But the thing is, I don't know if that is too personal a story to tell? Will it just look like I want their pitty? I obviously don't want that to happen but I also don't know how to honestly describe why I want to study this course without bringing it up.
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    (Original post by linnlag)
    Hi!

    I'm currently trying to write my personal statement and I'm applying to study english literatur. I know one of the main things to talk about is why you're interested in the subject and for me the thing that sparked my interest is quite personal. As a child I grew up with an emotionally abusive father and reading was my coping mechanism. It was what got my through living with him and that is one of the main reasons why I want to study it, literature can literally save lives. But the thing is, I don't know if that is too personal a story to tell? Will it just look like I want their pitty? I obviously don't want that to happen but I also don't know how to honestly describe why I want to study this course without bringing it up.
    Best regards, Lilly
    It's not relevant. Enjoying reading does not then mean you should do an English literature degree.
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    (Original post by linnlag)
    Hi!

    I'm currently trying to write my personal statement and I'm applying to study english literatur. I know one of the main things to talk about is why you're interested in the subject and for me the thing that sparked my interest is quite personal. As a child I grew up with an emotionally abusive father and reading was my coping mechanism. It was what got my through living with him and that is one of the main reasons why I want to study it, literature can literally save lives. But the thing is, I don't know if that is too personal a story to tell? Will it just look like I want their pitty? I obviously don't want that to happen but I also don't know how to honestly describe why I want to study this course without bringing it up.
    Best regards, Lilly
    You do not need to mention this. Reading literature and then studying literature are not the same thing.

    Why do you want to study literature? Why do you want to learn about political disruption in slave-narratives? Why do you want to study the perception of madness in literature. Why is studying a critical theory of psychoanalysis important in understanding sexuality in Victorian literature?

    You need to ask yourself, what interests you as a literature student, not as a literary enthusiast.

    It's not about enjoying reading, but it's about critically dissecting it in order to understand and appreciate literature. Once you know why you want to do this, you should write about it.

    For example, I'm interested in lost identities in literature so I wrote about Maurice by EM Forster in my PS.

    Find out what themes and genres you like and jot down any ideas that comes to mind and try to elaborate on those.
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    I would kindly suggest that there are better openings for a PS than your experiences of an abusive father...
 
 
 
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