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hey! so my dream is to study linguistics and social anthropology at the university of edinburgh! can anyone recommend anything that may help improve my chances? like any particular further reading or literally anything? appreciate anything and everything
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Hi, I'd recommend focusing more on super curriculars than extracurriculars for that kind of course where the subjects aren't available at school, to demonstrate your understanding and interest in it. Do some looking around at topics that interest you and find any resources that could spark ideas/teach you something that you could write in your personal statement. E.g. documentaries, podcasts, books, articles, anything.
There are lots of recommended reading lists on line for each of those subjects, here are some examples: https://www.soas.ac.uk/blogs/study/l...-reading-list/ (scroll down to the academic's advice) and https://www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology/p...ested-readings
Pick one of the texts that interests you and maybe keeps coming up on these lists. I just googled the subject then 'recommend reading' to get these.
Just to be clear, you don't have to read the whole text (just don't say you have if you haven't), I discovered a historiographical concept in the introductory chapter of a book I talked about in my personal statement and went into my interest in that. Anything even on YT that could teach you about a concept/idea that inspires you could be gold for a personal statement- you don't have to say where you first heard of the topic!
Best of luck 😊
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(Original post by historynerd47)
Hi, I'd recommend focusing more on super curriculars than extracurriculars for that kind of course where the subjects aren't available at school, to demonstrate your understanding and interest in it. Do some looking around at topics that interest you and find any resources that could spark ideas/teach you something that you could write in your personal statement. E.g. documentaries, podcasts, books, articles, anything.
There are lots of recommended reading lists on line for each of those subjects, here are some examples: https://www.soas.ac.uk/blogs/study/l...-reading-list/ (scroll down to the academic's advice) and https://www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology/p...ested-readings
Pick one of the texts that interests you and maybe keeps coming up on these lists. I just googled the subject then 'recommend reading' to get these.
Just to be clear, you don't have to read the whole text (just don't say you have if you haven't), I discovered a historiographical concept in the introductory chapter of a book I talked about in my personal statement and went into my interest in that. Anything even on YT that could teach you about a concept/idea that inspires you could be gold for a personal statement- you don't have to say where you first heard of the topic!
Best of luck 😊
thank you so much! defo gonna go check those links out now and see what i can get my hands on
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Also, look at podcast lectures like :
https://www.discoveranthropology.org...-podcasts.html
https://www.unitedlanguagegroup.com/...ould-listen-to

If you can pick out something relevant to your interests, explain why it interested you, and use it as evidence of 'going beyond the A level syllabus' this says far more about you than a list of random hobbies.
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Also, look at podcast lectures like :
https://www.discoveranthropology.org...-podcasts.html
https://www.unitedlanguagegroup.com/...ould-listen-to

If you can pick out something relevant to your interests, explain why it interested you, and use it as evidence of 'going beyond the A level syllabus' this says far more about you than a list of random hobbies.
ahh thank you for the links and advice! i will give these a listen!!
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thank you so much! defo gonna go check those links out now and see what i can get my hands on
no worries, happy to help
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