Josh5718
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Hi I’m applying to study English Literature and Spanish ab initio at Universities like Birmingham and Exeter.

I’m finding it difficult to think of ways show in my personal statement that these two subjects can be taught together and is why they have been put together in the first place.

I’m structuring my personal statement in terms of my 4 interests...

- dystopian literature
- presentation of class
- language
- Hispanic culture/history (which isn’t a particular interest of mine because I don’t know much about it yet but in the course this is an integrated focus with the language learning)

Can anyone give me advice of how to do this? I intend to talk about some of these books: Vox, Handmaids Tale, 1984, Hunger Games, We (dystopian) and Paula and Requiem por un (Hispanic literature I’ve read). I’m also going to include talk about some Irish and Spanish poetry I’ve read e.g. Seamus heaney or yeats maybe and Lorca.
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I think maybe have a good think about why YOU want to study the two together; the spanish poetry is a good example. I think if you aren't applying to oxbridge you don't need to mention as many books as you have indicated, and you will definetly find yourself with too many words. Take it from someone who has written 2 sets of personal statements (one for undergrad and one for postgrad) appearing enthusiastic and willing to learn is better than looking like you know it all already. Pick a few key things which showcase your serious interest in the subjects, and why you are passionate about studying them individualy and together.
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Thank you!! You mentioned the poetry and that’s sparked a good idea in my mind.
(Original post by Jewelzela)
I think maybe have a good think about why YOU want to study the two together; the spanish poetry is a good example. I think if you aren't applying to oxbridge you don't need to mention as many books as you have indicated, and you will definetly find yourself with too many words. Take it from someone who has written 2 sets of personal statements (one for undergrad and one for postgrad) appearing enthusiastic and willing to learn is better than looking like you know it all already. Pick a few key things which showcase your serious interest in the subjects, and why you are passionate about studying them individualy and together.
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