Sarah Clark

BA (Hons) English, Class of 2021 and MA Creative & Critical Writing, Class of 2022

My name is Sarah Clark, and I graduated from the University of Suffolk with a BA(Hons) English first class degree in 2021 and went on to graduate with a Distinction in the MA Creative and Critical Writing in 2022.

I had always wanted to study English, but circumstances had meant that I wasn't in a position to follow my dream until the age of 47. I was over the moon when I was accepted - having not been in a formal classroom since the early nineties when I'd studied A Levels at evening classes.

I was nervous about starting such a big project but I absolutely loved it. My cohort were enthusiastic, lectures were engaging, and the lecturers so passionate that I loved every minute of the English BA and my confidence soared. I should also add that I had to organise reasonable adjustments to sit two exams in my first year, which were arranged with no fuss or problem, and I was very grateful for.

I can honestly say that while the 2020/21 academic years were difficult due to Covid 19, it was probably my course and the people involved with it that kept me sane; studying was an escape from all the awful things that were going on at the time and losing myself in a bit of Modernist literature or researching for my dissertation were my refuge.

I graduated with a First in 2021 but had already decided that I wasn't done with studying yet. I enrolled on the Creative and Critical Writing MA, and graduated in October 2022 with a Distinction. Since leaving, I have joined the University of Cambridge's THIS Institute, working in research communications.

I would highly recommend the English BA and Creative & Critical Writing MA courses to anyone - of any age. The quality of the teaching is so high, the tutors are always helpful, and the courses are challenging but approachable. I can understand why the courses always score so highly for student satisfaction.

For more information on our English Courses, see BA(Hons) English and MA Creative and Critical Writing.

"I was over the moon when I was accepted, having not been in a formal classroom since the early nineties"

Sarah Clark