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    Back in the day, Grape knew what he wanted to do with his life, or at least the next few years of it. A few bombed modules at AS - and subsequent mediocre grades - put a stop to that. Now he's an academic wreck, flip-flopping his way from subject to subject, university to university quicker than a politician with a diverse audience in front of him.

    Third person monologues aside, I need some help.

    Back-story:

    My current thinking is to apply to Warwick, UEA and perhaps Notts to do some variation of American studies: the courses look intellectually interesting and varied enough to set me up for whatever I want at postgrad. Plus, a year in the U.S. or Canada would be tremendous.

    That said, I'm not so kean on the idea that I want to apply to do it at unis I don't like the sound of but happen to offer some form of American Studies. Birmingham? Liverpool? Do I look like I want to get stabbed?

    I'm therefore leaning towards using up my other two or three options by applying to do Politics. One of them would certainly be Exeter - Law and Politics or History and Politics (hm, both?). Another would probably be Leeds since they seem to have a great course. Then if I had space, I suppose I'd take a wild punt at York because it's one of the most beautiful and atmospheric cities I've ever had the pleasure of visiting.

    The problem is clearly the personal statement. How, I wonder, does someone express their sincere interest in politics while not sounding completely random to an admissions tutor evaluating an application for History, Literature and Culture of the Americas.

    Obviously, I can wax lyrical about my obsession with American politics, but that's only gonna get me so far.

    Hm, help?
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    You don't have to apply to 5 unis you know. You'll have to decide which course you want to do in the end anyway, so why not choose now and give it your best shot?
    If you really want to apply to 2 courses, maybe you could discuss your interest in people / culture in relation to America and politics. Post it in the PS forum and a very nice person will check it for you and give you some hints.
    Edit: btw isn't Notts is as bad / worse than Birmingham and Liverpool for crime rates?
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    (Original post by Grape190190)
    The problem is clearly the personal statement. How, I wonder, does someone express their sincere interest in politics while not sounding completely random to an admissions tutor evaluating an application for History, Literature and Culture of the Americas.

    Obviously, I can wax lyrical about my obsession with American politics, but that's only gonna get me so far.

    Hm, help?
    I don't see why you couldn't write the PS based on history and politics with a particular emphasis on the US/Americas interest . The important bit would be to make sure that the Exeter/York courses do actually offer modules relevant to those interests - otherwise it might be just a little bit too obvious that you are choosing uni before course . With American Studies being generally rather less competitive than History/Politics, I would have thought that you could add in another topic of interest that isn't directly related to it, which might strengthen your application to Exeter/York .

    Post a draft in PS Help and one of the Helpers can take a look for you.
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    Kittten and Minerva are both right. It wouldn't be impossible to write a PS like that - however, if you wanted to 'play it safe' then you could apply for the American Studies courses you want first (early in the cycle!), see if you get offers, and then possibly add the other choices later.
 
 
 

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