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I have always found joy in applying the knowledge I learn into real-world situations, and I find Economics to be much more relevant in the real world than many of the other subjects I have studied, especially in view of the current Economic problems in Britain. I subscribe to the Economist, and greatly enjoy examining the different sides to decisions which can shape an entire country.

However, my interest is not solely in the side of economics we hear about in the news, but also in the logical and analytical style of thinking it teaches, which I have noticed in books such as Freakonomics and Rich Dad Poor Dad which I greatly enjoyed, where the authors prove interesting and often controversial points with their clear reasoning and figures.

During the Easter holidays in Year 12, I participated in an Economics Seminar run by the School of Ideas, where I was first introduced to Game Theory with examples including Keynes’ beauty contest. I found this side of Economics particularly fascinating and that same day I went online to see what books were available on it. It has showed me that Economics is not merely a study of the Economy but a study of people and strategy, with even wider real-world applications than I had previously realized, allowing for an interesting way to look at the world.

I believe I would be well suited to University studies. In my spare time I enjoy writing, and have completed two full-length novels which are available for electronic download. When writing them, I had to force myself to work regularly, and it proved that I have a high level of self-discipline and motivation, as well as a creative spark. It is this discipline which has allowed me to do well in Karate outside school, which has also been very good for my fitness.

I am good at working independently, and have self-taught myself parts of the Further Maths A-level course. I enjoy stretching myself and learning new things, and so took up the offer to attend the Physics Colloquiam, a weekly meeting in which a small group of students from my school and another local one met to take ideas in Physics further. I have also written several articles on topical subjects for the school magazine The Young Voice, which was featured in a local newspaper, to improve my argumentative skills and present myself with another challenge. I have achieved Gold in the Senior Maths Challenge, qualifying for the Maths Olympiad as well as attaining excellent grades in the subject, so I believe I will be able to cope with the course’s mathematical side. I am interested to see how the mathematical methods I have learned can be applied to real-world Economic situations.

When I was six years old, my family moved to France for two years, during which time I attended an all-French school and learned the language, allowing me to take my GCSE and AS exams early. Living in a foreign country was a unique experience, and it showed that I was able to adapt to new and difficult conditions, as only two people at the school could understand a word I said. Though I did not continue to A2, I have tried to keep my French skills fresh by taking part in the Toulouse exchange, where I had the chance to work in a shop and improve my communication skills.

I currently tutor students from Years 7 to 11 in Maths, and through that I have learned to be patient as well as set out solutions to problems in ways that others can understand. I have also taken on additional duties as a Prefect, which allows me to give something back to the school. At RGS, I play regularly for the school squash team, for which I was awarded Full Colours by the school.

I have completed two work experience placements other than the Toulouse one, of which the best was at a Strategy Consultants in London. I believe a job like that would suit me greatly, and Economics would be excellent preparation for that type of career.

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