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Reading at University:

newI’m an English student – we’ve already established that by now. I have always been asked to read a book before a deadline. It didn’t become serious until my undergrad degree at Liverpool John Moores University; I was asked to read roughly 30 books per academic year, excluding essays, short stories and poetry. I had to read three books for this week, two for that. It never stayed the same. I’m not slowing down either; I’m now studying for a Masters in Victorian Literature. I’m constantly squeezing books in around a deadline, and it’s not easy.

Reading with a deadline is both a blessing and a curse.

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Misconceptions of being an English Student:


There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding English students, some that are completely reasonable and others that are completely daft. I’ve been an English student for three years now, and I will be continuing my studies for another year, so I’d say I’m pretty familiar with these. Whereas some of them are true, others hold literally no weight. I wanted to discuss some of them with you today, so let’s get into it…

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My Jane Austen Course:


Today, I wanted to talk about a course I recently completed with FutureLearn and the University of Southampton. It was a two week course, lasting for three hours per week, dedicated to the one and only Jane Austen. It explored her myth, her reality, and her global celebrity. It’s a free course, unless you upgrade for £32 in order to gain a certificate, and is open to absolutely anyone. As an avid lover of Austen, I jumped at the chance of completing this course. You can find out more about it here, and you can find out more about a similar course I completed here dedicated to Wordsworth.

Here’s a break-down of the two weeks:

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