Kristi R. Langli

Drama

Kristi R. Langli

The thing that attracted me to the Brookes course in particular was the wide syllabus – it was more than just Shakespeare! Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t anything wrong with Shakespeare, but there is a wide variety of playwrights to study and I like that the Brookes course has such a good selection

Before coming to Oxford Brookes, Kristi was studying literature at home in Norway. Although she initialled planned to just have a year abroad when she saw the combined English and Drama course at Brookes she decided to apply for a full degree here.

The thing that attracted me to the Brookes course in particular was the wide syllabus – it was more than just Shakespeare! Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t anything wrong with Shakespeare, but there is a wide variety of playwrights to study and I like that the Brookes course has such a good selection.

English has always been my favourite subject, but with Drama I was clueless. It was a spur of the moment thing and my parents questioned my sanity when I told them. After being here for a year and a half, my sanity is still intact and it’s proven to be one of the best impulse decisions I’ve ever made. With drama you learn how to convey and inform, a skill many people lack. It has also made me more confident – I can safely say I’m no longer afraid of talking in front of crowds!

The lecturers are very good. They have a fantastic enthusiasm which they bring that out in their lectures. And because the department is quite small, we have a close relationship to them. We are a small drama class and we all know each other. There is room for everyone, and no-one seems to take everything too seriously. We study, but we also have fun.

Oxford is a great place to study, and there is so much to do here. It’s a small city, but anything you want or need is right on your doorstep. And if you want to get out of Oxford, you can jump on the train and go anywhere, or take the X90 bus to London at any time.

In terms of what I will do in the future, only time will tell. To be frank, I have no idea! Brookes has so many graduation schemes that will come in handy, so I think I’ll be able to overcome any post-study struggles.

If you’re considering studying in England my advice - as an international student – would be to just do it! There will be times where you just wish you could go home and get some proper home-made dinner, but those times will pass. They happen to everyone, not just the international students!

A wise man once said that it’s a dangerous business going out of your door, but if you don’t, you might miss a great adventure!