Biology Personal Statement
Ever since I was very young, I have been fascinated by and have had a keen interest in many aspects of Biology. The areas of Biology in which I am particularly interested are living organisms, the environment and human Biology. Since I was about three years old, I have found wildlife documentaries very interesting, particularly documentaries featuring David Attenborough and my interests in living organisms and the environment have grown over the
years from watching these documentaries. Studying Biology at A-Level has both broadened and increased my interest and knowledge within the subject. Therefore, I would like to study it at degree level, as it will expand both my knowledge and interest in Biology.
During the Sixth Form I have been on two residential field courses, in Biology and Geography. In Biology, the field course took place on the Isle of Arran in Scotland, while in Geography, it took place in Dorset. On both of these field trips, I learnt a wide range of skills and techniques that are important to use while collecting and analysing any data that is collected in the field. The collection of data involved teamwork. I know that I will enjoy the field courses available on a Biology course because I have found doing work out in the field in the past very exciting, challenging and rewarding. While in year 11, I went on a day trip for students who were gifted and talented in Science to Bradford University. The trip focused on Forensic Science (The course was called 'The Secret Formula') and I needed to use a range of laboratory skills in order to solve an imaginary crime. Therefore, I learnt a range of laboratory skills while on the trip. Studying A-Level Biology has also enhanced my laboratory skills.
Throughout my time in the Sixth Form I have been involved in a variety of other
extra-curricular activities. During December last year, I did filming (camera work) for a Christmas Carol Service at St Georges Church. It involved working fast, working under pressure, teamwork and using effective communication skills. In June this year I did a day's
voluntary work at a local primary school. It involved teaching small groups of children how to paint and draw. It was a very rewarding experience and it provided me with skills in problem solving, communicating and working in groups. In addition to this, I did a short two hour art teaching session with primary school children who visited my school.
Out of school I have a wide variety of hobbies and interests. I enjoy and do quite a lot of travelling. I have visited Florida, Malta, Cyprus, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Gran Canaria,Menorca, Majorca, Israel, Greece, Corfu, Zakynthos, Rhodes and France. I am also going to Morocco later this year and will be visiting Marrakech and the Atlas mountains. While I was in Cyprus this summer, I went scuba diving. I found it an exciting and fantastic experience.
My other hobbies include snorkelling, swimming, reading, drawing and painting.
I am a very hard working, committed and conscientious student and I look forward to the independence and the opportunities that will be available to me as an undergraduate.
This personal statement was written by j@de for application in 2005.
j@de's university choices
University of Leeds
The University of Hull
The University of Hull
Green: offer made
Red: no offer made
Biology at The University of Sheffield