Automotive Engineering Personal Statement
It all began when I was very young and I used to see my father fixing pipes, changing the car's motor oil, repairing electric devices” that I said I want to be like him. My father had studied Industrial Engineering, so I grew up thinking that I had to follow in my father's footsteps.
While I was getting older I used to help him and I found that mechanics were interesting. Some years later, when I was 9 years old, I started exploring the world of applied mechanics to automobiles. By then I began requesting a gas RC model to my parents, who bought it for me at the age of 11, it was a source of knowledge and the turning point that settled my life long dream.
Since then I have been expanding my knowledge, from detaching and rebuilding 2 and 4 stroke engines to building from scratch something similar to a motorbike to working as a mechanic.
Furthermore, my devotion for discovering and learning has made me self-taught in lots of things, especially engine and transmission technology. Thanks both to the specialised books I buy and the membership with STA, which provides me with really interesting and updated magazines, I have learnt a lot.
In fact, I have always wanted to break the boundaries that limit my opportunities, for instance starring in two school plays not only helped to gain confidence in public but refined my communicative skills, besides travelling abroad to perfect my English made me much more open-minded.
My reading preferences range from science fiction to historical novels with Orson Scott Card and Ken Follett being two of my favourite authors.
The high school once organised a thinking games competition which I finally won thanks to being competitive and constant. Meeting new people and keeping old friends is one of my priorities. Indeed, if they are interested in motor sport we will learn from each other and can attend motorshows, rallies” together.
Sport has always played a key role in my spare time activities. Basketball helped me improve my team spirit and nowadays I am member of a local fitness centre which I attend on a regular basis. At weekends I tend to ride across the hills surrounding my town to strengthen my stamina and recharge my batteries.
Studying Industrial Engineering has developed my problem-solving and work-planning skills. By now I have passed Basic Computer Science, Basic Mechanics, Chemistry I, Chemistry II, Graphic Representation Techniques I and Infinitesimal Calculus I.
In June I am confident I will have passed Basic Thermodynamics, Geometry, Infinitesimal Calculus II and Linear Algebra. Although I enjoy the challenging and rewarding my degree is I feel Iike it is not going to give me the job opportunities I am really interested in.
After having seen your curricular programmes, facilities and international prestige I decided to apply because I have no hesitation that I have to get involved with all that knowledge and experience to achieve the assured future and highly promising career I have always desired.
Once graduated I would love to work with an OEM, especially, in the design and tests department. And, hopefully, joining a F1 motor-racing team one day. What is more, since economy is tightly linked to the automotive sector I might apply for an MBA later on.
This personal statement was written by marc89 for application in 2009.
I liked the fact of describing myself!!!