From reading my first Roald Dahl book, peppered with magic and mischief, to writing my first short story, I have always known that my drive and passion for English was destined to be more than a hobby. I love reading, and have completed dozens of short stories and, more recently, short film scripts. In my studies so far, I have developed my analytical skills in literature, and have become fascinated with the ideas and concepts behind poetry, drama and both historical and modern literature, such as 'Regeneration' by Pat Barker, which enlightened me, in a darkly emotive way, to the psychological battles suffered in WW1.
When it comes to film, I enjoy European cinema and was enthralled by the romanticism in Julio Medem's 'Lovers of the Arctic Circle'. I found it abundantly more gut-wrenching than typical Hollywood tales of star-crossed lovers, and I am excited to discover more realms of cinema during my university course. I have often looked forward to discussing film with friends, and cannot wait to have similar discussions with like-minded people on a university level. With a father living in London, I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit art-house cinemas and have built up a love of cinema, both classic and radical. I have also had the chance to take part in an ADR session, and acted in a voice over for a young Canadian girl in the ITV drama 'Child of Mine'; I loved being in a studio and getting involved with the production of an episode.
With regards to literature, Sylvia Plath, one of my favourite poets, conveyed her emotions so vividly that I feel truly grateful to have writers among us who provide such intricate material for analysis. I also believe that film is a highly sensuous form of creativity and means of storytelling and I love how these two practices are both open to debate and consideration. It is my fascination with both of these creative outlets that has driven me to my decision to study English and Film at university.
Outside school, I have started a blog in which I comment on film and contemporary culture. This has been a really fun way to explore a different method of critical writing and has opened my eyes to the possibilities of journalism as my career. I upload my own short stories to a separate blog, which I have left open to comments from arbitrary readers, in the hope of gaining unbiased criticism and consequently improving my work to a higher standard. I am confident I will keep this up at university and hope that my lectures will give me a more insightful perspective when pursuing this creative passage.
In Year 11, I was chosen to be part of a small group of Prefects who helped man the corridors and acted as an understudy for the teachers. This really showed me how to act as a responsible member of society; I enjoyed being the student the younger pupils could turn to and ask for help. With regards to English, the role of a Prefect also meant that in the library, students could ask for reading help or an opinion on which books would be appropriate for the topic they were studying. This heightened my appreciation of literature, as I was reminded how illuminating it can be, even to a child much younger than me. I really enjoyed being a part of their experience in school and am grateful to have been offered that opportunity.
One of the main reasons I believe I will be able to adapt to higher education is because, for various reasons, I have lived away from home for the past year. This, predominantly, has taught me to be an independent learner and not rely on the nudge of a parent to finish coursework and generally take responsibility for myself.
I believe I can bring to the course not only potential, but an open mind and a fierce aspiration to learn. I hope I have illustrated my passion for these subjects sufficiently and shown how keen I am to absorb every part of this degree I can, and leave university as an elevated writer and appreciator of English and Film.
Who wouldn't want to spend a couple of hours getting jinxed by Harry Potter, shot by Tony Montana, rescued by Forrest Gump or unplugged from the Matrix by Morpheus? Well, this is exactly what a cinematic experience offers you. For those two hours, you can lose yourself in the plot, the characters or the special effects, and forget about everything else.
When I go to my local cinema I escape, I laugh, I cry and I know I want to bring the exact same enjoyment to thousands that those two hours bring to me.
I have always been useless at acting, I am not commanding enough to be a director, but luckily I found something which combines perfectly with my love for movies, which is editing.
I am currently working as an assistant editor at an online video production company, and I thrive on taking raw footage, and crafting it into something unique and presentable. I see it as a form of art; you focus your attention on the multiple shots, and keep going until you achieve perfection.
'Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.' This quote comes from the 2007 film, Ratatouille and although I'm not a rat, I agree that a great artist can come from anywhere. I plan to focus all my attention on acquiring the relevant knowledge from people, who can educate me on anything and everything, so maybe one day I could be called a 'great artist!'
I really enjoy my job at Stream City, and I have been working here for almost six months now. I have received training on Adobe Premier Pro and Adobe After Effects. With my salary, I am saving up for a Mac, so I can also teach myself the Final Cut Pro software. Over the past few months, I have been cutting trailers in my spare time to gain experience and practice in this area.
Along with media studies, I also studied English Literature at A Level which has helped me with my essay writing. Deciding to move to a new 6th form was initially daunting, however I believe it has made me a much more confident and outgoing person, ready to face university and any challenges which may transpire.
Something else which I enjoy is netball, having played at school, club and county levels. I have also participated in numerous charity runs, including 'Race for Life.'
I didn't get into my first choice university last year due to a bad History grade, which I am resitting in January. However, I am a great believer in fate, and if I had gone last year I would have studied English Literature, and not discovered my passion for editing.
Admittedly, I lost heart in higher education for a short time, but I know now in order to succeed as an editor I have to give myself the best chance by equipping myself with as much knowledge, and as many contacts as possible. So, if you don't accept me at your university, in the great and elaborate words of Arnie, 'I'll be back!'