Why I love studying English Literature in Cambridge

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Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Course: BA (Hons) English Literature
Category: Language, literature and media

5 March 2020

Studying English Literature in Cambridge has been the best experience and a fortunate stroke of serendipity for me. From studying Greek myths of Gods and Heroes in the first year to analysing Contemporary Fiction in the third year, the course offers a variety of core and optional modules.

Thanks to ARU’s Anglia Language Programme, I am also studying Japanese for free as part of my course. This breaks the monotony in my study plan and motivates me to do well in other modules. Not to mention, learning a language is a great employability booster and will make a great addition to the CV!

However, my degree hasn’t only been about the course and the added extras that ARU offers. It’s the location of ARU in Cambridge that has made this experience so memorable. Why?

  1. The charm of Cambridge: a very picturesque and serene city.
  2. The experience of reading Wordsworth in the Princess Diana memorial in Christ’s Pieces is like no other.
  3. After studying William Blake's The Little Black Boy in class, taking a stroll to the Fitzwilliam Museum to witness the original and authentic prints of the poem made by Blake himself is fascinating.
  4. Cambridge’s historic architecture also makes you feel like you are not only studying, but living in the literature. My experience of Cambridge has indeed been like one in a fantastical realm.

I am so glad I have studied this course. It has empowered me with skills that are highly transferrable such as clear and concise writing and communication, close reading skills, reflection, and editing. I can reflect on the skills I've developed and concisely communicate them in my CV and cover letter, boosting my employability and chances of success when applying for jobs.

There are numerous other benefits of studying English Literature. It has helped me grow as an individual, helped me develop my ideas and taught me how to communicate them effectively while being considerate of other opinions. It has sparked euphoria and offered solace to the reader within me. This has been my epiphany and why I love my course.

By Fatima


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