Ancient History & Archaeology Personal Statement
I have a strong interest in history and the past, which began in early childhood. More particularly, my earliest interests were in mediaeval English history.
My enjoyment of archaeology began with programmes such as Time Team, and similar documentary series, which showed me how exciting the task of uncovering the past and its secrets could be.
I have always enjoyed ancient history, especially Roman history, and this was my primary reason for studying the subject at A-level.
For my A-level course, I am studying both Roman and Greek history, and I have visited Roman sites in Italy, including Rome itself, as well as in the U.K. My enjoyment of the course and the native cultures has firmly convinced me to study the subject as a degree.
During my time at Southend High School for Boys, I have had the opportunity to help my fellow students in a number of ways. Firstly, I have served as a temporary prefect both in year 11 and the lower 6th, which gave me valuable experience of dealing with younger pupils, particularly those in year 7.
Secondly, my position as a careers prefect has developed my experience in dealing with my peers, and giving advice and information in formal and informal atmospheres.
My current job, working for Essex Libraries as a Saturday assistant, has improved my confidence and I have dealt with members of the public of all ages.
Furthermore, it has augmented my communication skills and I have learnt to work well in a team.
It has also given me greater access to fantasy and historical literature. I particularly enjoy reading historically based novels, since these allow me to explore the past in a way that is both entertaining and informative. Moreover, Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales' and Homer's stories of the Trojan war have provided me with a great insight into their times through verse.
My study of languages at GCSE and AS level has encouraged me to read foreign literature, for example, the novels of Jules Verne. I then became interested in Russia following a visit there, and I taught myself some basic Russian. This inspired me to read a translation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina; I enjoyed Tolstoy's perceptions of Russia during an important period of European history.
As well as playing golf, I like to play fantasy-based miniature tabletop wargames. The theatre is another of my interests, especially the plays of Shakespeare, and I have attended performances of Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice and Henry V, as well as reading many more of his works, both in school and at home.
I was also allowed to use my knowledge of the past in other subjects at A-level, particularly French, for which I chose to present a 10-12 minute oral topic entitled 'The Causes of the French Revolution'.
I feel that all the skills that I have developed through my home and school life, and my interest the subjects will put me in a strong position to study ancient history and archaeology at university.