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Biology Personal Statement

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by all living things. Throughout my childhood travels I have encountered many natural wonders in various parts of the world, from the giant redwood forests of California, to the rich variety of aquatic life populating the coral reefs of the Caribbean Sea, which have all greatly inspired my imagination. Studying Biology at school, especially at A-Level, has made me realise the broad spectrum of fields the subject encompasses, and I am eager to study the different areas in greater depth.

Reading around the subject has allowed me to extend my biological knowledge beyond the A-level specification. I am particularly interested in evolution, undoubtedly one of the central concepts underlying Biology. David Attenborough's 'Life on Earth' helped me to understand the major events in the evolution of life by considering animal and plant species which are alive today, whilst Richard Dawkins' 'The Blind Watchmaker' drew my attention to the importance of Darwinian natural selection. I have enjoyed books by Steve Jones such as 'The Language of the Genes' and 'In the Blood', as they provide a fascinating insight into many of the issues associated with human genetics and heredity. I also read New Scientist magazine, and have been particularly intrigued by recent articles exploring the various controversial ways in which we may attempt to combat global warming, such as ocean fertilisation and geoengineering.

During the Summer I participated in a 'Biosciences Boot Camp' run by Babraham Research Institute, which gave me a useful insight into the world of biomedical research and enabled me to explore a range of career possibilities. I had the unique opportunity to work alongside a team of researchers in the molecular signalling laboratory, and I learned how to carry out polymerase chain reactions and use TIRF microscopy to observe the activity of signalling enzymes within cells. I was also able to attend various talks and lectures held at the institute, and hearing Professor Michael Berridge talk about his life's research was inspirational, definitely one of the highlights of the week. After the boot camp I was invited back to the Institute for two further weeks of work experience, during which I conducted my own small scale research project investigating the effects of PI3 kinase inhibitors on the activity of mouse neutrophils. Carrying out different experiments improved my practical technique, and I learned about the importance of good planning and the use of controls.

As a student I am able, conscientious and focussed. My enthusiasm for my subjects has given me the motivation to succeed academically, and I was delighted to receive the Governors' Award for Excellence at the end of last term. Life in the Sixth Form is rewarding, and being a senior prefect has allowed me to become more involved in the school community. For the past year I have been able to develop friendships with some of the younger students by participating in the mentoring scheme, and have enjoyed assisting the charities team at numerous fundraising events.

Among my non-academic interests I play flute in the school orchestra, and have sung in the choir for six years. I am also an enthusiastic member of the rowing team with an ever growing passion for the sport. Outside school I am an active member of my local riding club and regularly compete in various equestrian disciplines including cross country, show jumping and mounted games. Although owning a horse of my own is a huge responsibility it is nevertheless enjoyable, and has certainly taught me to manage my time effectively. I am looking forward to living independently, and feel ready to take advantage of all the challenges, academic and otherwise, that I will encounter at university.

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This personal statement was written by estoye for application in 2008.

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I think it is excellent

I think it is excellent

Well it got me into Oxford,

Well it got me into Oxford, so 'pointless' is not the word I would use...

uni

thats class

Don't mind these haters.

Don't mind these haters.

Thank you ;D

Thanks very much for posting this, it has given me a real insight about what a personal statement should contain, and also the structure of one. Thank you very much

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I am just about to write a

I am just about to write a personal statement. Reading through your statement has given me a clear picture of what lies ahead of me.
It'a a brilliant piece of writing.

this is such a great personal

this is such a great personal statement! wow! and congrats to oxford

its clear that the people who

its clear that the people who are leaving bad comments are clearly jealous and express it in an immature way.
this statement is very good good look at Oxford and the future :)

thanks, this is a great

thanks, this is a great statement!
i'm applying for biology as well and am also really interested in evolution so after reading this it's really hard trying not to copy yours!
cheers

Definitely one of the better

Definitely one of the better Personal Statements for Biology posted on this site. What GCSE grades did you get? I am thinking of applying to oxford but I'm not sure how important my GCSEs are.

Great tips

Excellent personal statement, after beiong rejected by the uni I wanted to study at, I found out that my personal statement did not say enough and was deemed as very poor. I have the opportunity to appeal and rewrite my personal statement, so I hope that next time i can really put the effort into the personal statement, I had no idea that the personal statement carried so much gravitas. Thanks for allowing other students the opportunity to improve upon their personal statements

Good example

I think, the statement is very very suitable and would (as it had) get the person in any university... but it doesn't give me any new, fresh ideas. and it doesn't imply such.
however, it is a wanderful example that i'm going to follow, since i want to study biology also. in my country there's no good field for this science and i hope i'll be accepted in a good university in UK or... somewhere ;P

reading that makes me feel

reading that makes me feel awful about how rubbish mine is!

Anon

Guys if you are writing a personal statement for Oxbridge make it original and unique, do not just copy what she write but think about what makes you stand out from the rest of the applicants and only include stuff you are ready to talk about in the interview, there's no point in lying really.
Plus focus more on your academic excellence rather than extra-curriculars!

:P

Bet u loved those mounted games ;)

It's my first time actually

It's my first time actually writing a personal statement. Yours did a good job of guiding me and highlighting things i need to include in my personal statement. Awesome Job!!!

This personal statement

This personal statement contains quite a few grammatical errors, but the content is flawless. Really good job, and congratulations.

This is actually the best

This is actually the best personal statement I've read

Good

I think this personal statement is well written and the inclusion of further reading and other experience is fantastic, but I don't see the relevance of listing the holidays in the introduction, which appears boastful and a bit pretentious. It is good to include extracurricular activities to illustrate how you are a well-rounded student and it is not a surprise you were given an Oxbridge offer as this statement stands out.

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