Human Biology Personal Statement
Having always had a keen interest in Biology, specifically in the human area, I believe that studying a degree in is the perfect opportunity for me to deepen my understanding of the subject. My aim, subject to successful completion of my studies at university, would be to continue my studies but in the field of chiropractory. My decision was strengthened following treatment for my own back problems and the improvement in my overall health, something which conventional medicine had failed to be able to achieve. This prompted my heavy interest in the course. Studying a degree in would be an invaluable step towards this final aim
Unfortunately work experience in the chiropractic field is extremely difficult to come by and I have been unable to experience any
However, following discussions with my chiropractor, he has offered me a placement in the coming year. Earlier in the year, I attended a Medlink event in Nottingham aimed at informing potential medical candidates of courses available. This reinforced my decision in both my chosen career and the option to take a as a foundation degree
Apart from this, until recently I have been working at Tesco on the chicken counter. Although not linked with my course or career, I felt that the job proved invaluable in the development of my communication skills and being able to work as a team. Due to the nature of the work, I was also constantly working to deadlines. I have also gained a lot of experiences from in school activities. I have acted as a guide on open days, helped with charity work and more recently have begun working as a peer mentor. The opportunity to take part in such activities has further enabled my communication skills, now also with younger people and also to gain trust and act independently as well as part of a team
Outside of school, I have been fortunate enough to take part in many different activities and interests. Socialising is important to me especially because it provides and outlet for stress and helps communication which in my chosen career is extremely valuable
Furthermore I regularly attend church in which I have helped run a youth group and help with the organisation and set up of charity events in a family based fundraising group. I have a strong interest in music and enjoy playing the piano and listening to music as much as possible. From doing this, I have been able to improve my exam confidence and have also learned how to relax. I also attend dance lessons; enjoy cycling, cooking and playing squash and badminton. I am also looking into beginning a course into massage and the uses thereof. I believe that such activities, although add little to my academic achievement have been vital in my study up until this point as they have provided a way of winding down after heavy work loads and hopefully become a friendly outgoing person. This I believe would be very useful in studying at university
Despite my numerous out of school activities, I would like to assure that I allow time for my work and rarely miss deadlines. I am a conscientious worker and my studies have always taken preference over my personal interests and will continue to do so in order to fulfil my future goals.
Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018
Molecular Biology Personal Statement 1
As I sit here, attempting to explain my love of biology, I have become aware of the many biological processes that are permitting this activity: nerve impulses generated through the influx of sodium into my neurones; the action of actin and myosin eliciting muscle contraction; even my own introspection, a process yet to be fully understood. The wonder of biology lies in its generality; the processes that I have mentioned occur in a huge variety of organisms, others are universal to all life and the discovery and understanding of these processes at their most basic, molecular level is where my fervour for biology lies.
During my A2 studies, I have found the topic of respiration to be of significant interest. Researching the role of coenzymes and discovering more about the systems involved in ATP synthesis has driven me to advance my knowledge of cellular biology as a whole. Genetics provides the blueprint for all biological functions and is an area of molecular biology for which I exhibit great enthusiasm. Reading around the subject has increased my familiarity with genetics beyond the specification. James D. Watson’s “The Double Helix” has provided me with a more in-depth understanding of the molecular structure and function of DNA whilst, at the same time, evoking within me a curiosity to study, and desire to solve the many unanswered questions, such as the mechanism of senescence, that still remain in genetics.
John Timbrell’s “The Poison Paradox” was also a book that appealed to me greatly as it has enabled me to enhance my knowledge of organic chemistry whilst providing an absorbing insight into how chemicals that are essential to life can also be highly toxic when present in higher concentrations. I have also attended lectures at Newcastle University discussing olefin metathesis catalysts in which large, organic molecules with specialised properties can be synthesised through the addition of atoms and functional groups from other compounds. Discussions of the potential benefits of such research in the development of new drugs proved to be of particular interest.
I have also attended a conference hosted by the Global Student Forum focusing on issues surrounding global development entitled “Dying for Life: Save the mothers, save the world” which taught me about the real-world applications of biological research in the development of drugs, issues surrounding maternal health as well as the economic side of medicine. My classmates and I are also planning on delivering a presentation to other pupils to help improve awareness of the issues raised during the conference. This has enabled me to expand on my analytical and communication skills through participating in group discussions, whilst also enhancing my leadership skills and self confidence. My studies in psychology have provided me with a solid understanding of different research methods in addition to increasing my skills of interpretation of quantitative data. My studies in critical thinking have given me the skills to construct sound logical arguments, a skill relevant in the process of all biological investigations.
Outside of school, I am an avid reader of classic literature and popular science. I find reading to be a welcome break from my studies as well as being both mentally stimulating and thought provoking. I also engage in more physical activities, such as football, which have shown me the need for dedication when trying to achieve one’s objectives.
I am both dedicated and excited to further my knowledge of a subject that thoroughly engrosses me and await, with eager anticipation, the challenges that university life will offer.
Universities Applied to:
- University of Sheffield (Molecular Biology) - Offer Firm
- University of York (Biology) - Offer
- University of Lancaster (Cell Biology) - Offer Insurance
- University of Glasgow (Molecular and Cellular Biology) - Offer
- University of Leicester (Biological Sciences) - Offer
- Psychology (A2) - A*
- Geography (A2) - A
- Biology (A2) - B
- Chemistry (AS) - B
Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018