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Luke

One of my greatest passions in life is English: both the language, and the literature. I love the linguistics and semantics of English, and I love the way it can be used to explore and demonstrate creativity. 

This is why the BA (Hons) English Course at University of Suffolk was and is a godsend in my life. 

I studied English for three years at this university, graduating in 2016. This remains one of the most significant achievements of my life. During my time on the course, I was able to pursue my creative passions. Through the degree, I took advantage of a variety of opportunities. These included writing as a blogger and editor for the Global Panorama and as a poet for Pop My Mind. I was also one of fifteen writers at the HighTide Writers Academy Playwriting Course at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2015. 

All of these activities, as well as the degree itself, enabled me to find and develop my creative voice. Graduating with a 2:1 was a high point in my life, and I have since gone on to work and volunteer with various charitable organisations (including my current role as a data administrator for Open Road, a drugs charity). 

I have continued to pursue my literary ambitions, entering a number of writing competitions. In 2020, I entered a poem into the When The Streets Fell Empty Creative Writing Challenge, which the judging panel assessed as being Highly Commended in the 19+ category. I hope to continue with the writing competitions, and my ultimate ambition is to one day complete a Master’s degree in English. 

None of this would be possible had I never been to the University of Suffolk. To call myself a graduate of this institution is, and will always be, an honour, a joy and a source of pride for me. 

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