Natural Sciences Personal Statement
Intellectual curiosity is the hallmark of scientific discovery. People’s thirst for knowledge keeps things moving forward. I am intellectually curious and would, therefore, like to take science and maths further to quench my thirst for knowledge. Science can give us the opportunity to create things we have only dreamed of and discover aspects of the past that seemed unreachable. My love of science started at around age 8, when I had a subscription to the magazine Young Scientist, and I enjoyed experimenting with the free gifts. I enjoy the practical parts of science a lot, as I am creative and enjoy making things. Now I have a particular interest in the possibility of teleportation which is currently being worked on using the theory of quantum entanglement. Scientists have been able to move very small particles so far and in 2002 two researchers in Oxford and Calcutta proposed a technique that could possibly make it possible to teleport larger molecules. This is still being researched now and it is science like this, the science of the future, that I would like to be a part of.
I would like to study Natural Sciences at university because I want to maintain the breadth of the subjects I have begun at A level and study them in a greater depth. I considered engineering and I did a HeadStart engineering taster course at Swansea University last summer. I enjoyed almost all the aspects of engineering we experienced, particularly building a working voice transmitter and receiver that we tested out immediately, making a hot air balloon out of a turkey roasting bag and meths-soaked cotton wool; and assembling a working rocket then calculating the height it would reach when we launched it on the beach. I have, however, ruled out engineering for now as I am not ready to specialise and would prefer a broader, less vocational, route of study.
My AS subjects complemented each other well and I learnt a lot of transferable knowledge and skills that I can use in the future. I enjoyed learning a larger range of chemistry topics, including new organic and inorganic reactions and the discovery of the chemical reason behind every day occurrences. I chose Product Design as I have enjoyed it throughout my school life because it has let me use my imagination to create useful products. Also I was able to use the knowledge of materials from Design in my Physics course and the mechanics from Further Maths in my design project. Design has also taught me the importance of planning ahead and keeping to schedules to meet deadlines and Further Maths allowed me to study a wider spread of mathematical areas.
I have always tried to be an active member of the school community. I have been involved in a wide range of House activities from drama and music to athletics and swimming and enjoy being able to support others and be part of a team. I have been a member of the school orchestra and the school choir which has involved attending the majority of school events, and I am happy to represent my school by helping at these. I enjoy having responsibility and, last year, I was appointed an Assistant Prefect. I completed the Community Sports Leaders’ Award in which I learnt a lot about organisation, gained in confidence and enjoyed working with primary school children. Also I will achieve Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award by the end of this year having successfully completed the qualifying expedition. This has been a brilliant experience, has greatly increased my ability to work in a team by helping me to understand the importance of compromise and, although it was more challenging than anything else I have attempted, it was completely worthwhile and I would happily do it again.
I have been learning the violin since age 5 and am committed to it, attending annual violin courses and by being a member of a county orchestra. I am also in my 5th year of learning the keyboard which has been fun and has meant I can play music aside from the classical I play on the violin. I also thoroughly enjoy sport and have been training in athletics since September 2001 with Cheltenham Harriers, where I have competed for the town’s team while improving my own personal bests. I work once a week in my local shop where I have learnt a lot of people skills and shown initiative. This has helped me become more reliable, approachable, helpful and demonstrated that I am trustworthy with money. For my gap year I plan to travel to South America to experience a new continent and culture, and New Zealand to volunteer on a community project, as I strongly believe in the importance of helping others and I enjoy travelling. I also plan to do some work experience so I can understand more about life outside of school and be fully prepared for my studies at university.
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