The nature of Biology is one of change; life forms are constantly evolving, in an eternal struggle to survive. So, too, is the nature of Chemistry; thousands of discoveries are made every year. It's my intention to contribute to the sum of human knowledge, and I strongly believe that the most worthy field in which to do so is Biochemistry. My interests in this field started at a young age, but it was not until my A-levels that my studies at school became directly relevant. Having enjoyed every science courses available at GCSE level, it was a simple decision to further pursue the three traditional sciences to A-level. I found the Chemistry syllabus perfectly complemented the Biology course; the structure of DNA appeared far more logical with a solid understanding of molecular bonding. The reactions involved in photosynthesis, taught in only the loosest of terms in Biology, seem far more rational to anyone with any experience studying Chemical reactions. On a larger scale, thermodynamics taught within Physics are needed for a comprehensive understanding of all chemical reactions taught within both Chemistry and Biology. During my time in 2012 working at the Bedford District Cerebral Palsy Society, I experienced first-hand the damage that these abnormalities caused by damage to the brain can do to a human body. Working with the children there inspired me to learn everything I can about the physiological mechanisms responsible for this devastating condition, and has motivated me to pursue a career path with the potential to reduce suffering caused by such conditions. During my time there, I gained training and qualification in allergy and epilepsy awareness, feeding, communication strategies and the safeguarding of children. In the summer of 2013, I volunteered at Crescent Nursing Home in Bedford, working with elderly people suffering from dementia. During this time I developed a better understanding of their behaviour, and the effect their condition has had upon their lives. One of the common symptoms I encountered there was impaired short term memory; often, people I worked with could vividly recount their distant past, but would have no memory of conversations that took place moments ago. I was fascinated by the physiological aspects of this condition; the principles of memory formation are already complex and vary between individuals, but before my time spent with those suffering from cognitive impairment associated with dementia, I never truly realised how diverse human minds can be. I hope to further explore the field of neuroscience once my understanding of Biochemistry is developed, and my current studies within A2 Psychology, particularly the 'Theories of Memory and Amnesia' topic, should prove beneficial. That summer, I also participated in and completed the National Citizenship Programme; where we had to complete a project to help raise money for our community. This was a 30 hour project, and much of this time was spent crucially planning how we would carry out our project in the most professional and efficient manner possible. I used this as an opportunity to improve my communication and leadership skills; while on this team, one of my key roles was ensuring that all other team members completed their contributions in good time. Beyond my academic interests, my main hobby is dancing. I frequently compete in the UK National Bollywood Dance Competition, and have won several prizes in the past. I view dance as a means to reduce stress, and as an expression of emotion. Biochemistry is already a vital part of our modern lives; the development of new medicines has improved the lives of many individuals, and a greater understanding of life and the processes that it encompasses has enriched us as a species. I believe it will play an even more significant role in human development in the future, and I intend to contribute to our advancement in this field.
Over the Easter break