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Chemical Engineering Personal Statement

I have great interest in questions such as "How do you convert raw materials into useful products through the application of chemistry on a large scale, or more accurately, how to create and operate facilities relating to the manufacture of commodities essential for modern everyday life, in a safe efficient and environmentally friendly manner?" Questions such as these were triggered at a younger age by issues such as the origins of plastics, and how they are extracted, and produced.

I am currently reading into the subject in my spare time. "Chemical Engineering and Industrial Processes" by the BP educational service, which currently provides a very useful insight into some of the challenges facing a chemical engineer, from Concepts of design to Industrial processes.

Studying maths mechanics is helping me develop my numeric skills, which I believe combined with chemistry, will help me greatly with Chemical Engineering. My studies of economics, combined with my subscription to the FT through the school library, have helped me to keep up to date with current affairs. This includes recent events in the petrochemical industry. More recently, following some research, I have become very interested in the concept of supercritical solvents, which is an area I hope to explore more in later life. It is because I find chemistry so fascinating and the idea of chemical engineering so appealing that I have chosen to follow chemical engineering as a future career path.

I have thoroughly enjoyed studying the flute, piano, and singing, achieving grades five, six, and eight respectively in each of those instruments; I have also learned to play the organ. Having often led the services in my local parish by playing the flute and piano, I feel that I am confident when participating in public performances. I have been a dedicated member in several school bands, orchestras and choirs, performing in concerts and musicals, throughout my school life.

I am an enthusiastic cyclist, cycling at least once daily. My cycling trips have allowed me to see much of central London, which, cannot be appreciated by car or bus. I have also enjoyed classes in Taekwondo, in which I have achieved a yellow belt. Reading is a hobby, which I greatly enjoy, J.R.R. Tolkien, Garth Nix, Paul Davies and Ian M. Banks being among my favourite authors. I am also developing an interest in psychology, after having read Prometheus Rising, which captivated me because it gave accurate insights into human behaviour.

I am planning to follow this by reading the sequel, the Illuminatus! Trilogy. I also have a strong affinity for chess, which, following my enrolment in the school chess club has helped me tackle problems in a more logical and strategic attitude. In addition helping the younger members of the club has allowed me to develop coaching skills.

At School, I have been a prefect for a first form class and take responsibility for them at certain times during the school day. I have also regularly visited Fulham Primary School, a local school that has many young children who do not speak English as a first language where I assist the teachers with their classes, helping individuals with problems. I am planning to attend a number of mathematical debates later this year held in central London by the ________ society. I am also a regular attendant at my school’s Debating Society, which I believe has helped me develop a more critical mind, and has helped me structure my arguments in a clearer manner, and develop my team-working skills.

Another society, which I am involved in, is the Newman Society, which has held some very interesting talks from public figures, including historians and politicians. I was awarded the first prize in a literary competition for poetry in my year. One especially enjoying and fulfilling experience was the Ballroom dancing class, which was run by the school. We have learned the Cha, Jive, Waltz, Tango and Salsa.

I intend to defer entry to university for a year in order to travel to New Zealand and Italy, where I hope to gain both valuable work experience, and improve my grasp of Italian culture and language, in which I am already fluent. I look forward to this experience and also to the rewards and challenges of higher education.

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This personal statement was written by 8041somm for application in 2004.

8041somm's Comments

I've revised this a lot, but I still don't feel it's got enough on the chemical engineering side.

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why wont he be accepted if he

why wont he be accepted if he says he's going to defer?

I thought it was a good paper

I thought it was a good paper with a good start and you had me interested in reading some more untill I found some grammar mistakes. Then you had me lost. Proofreading is very important whenever writing anything. Don't make the reader feel that you are careless or just didn't have enough time to revise a well-written paper

Good and inspiring statement

Good and inspiring statement

Really who comes onto a personal statement aid website and posts a map of castle wolfenstein and a load of waffle about free ringtones?

right

Great resume, but try to emphasize on your interest in physics and chemistry--rather than music, sport, etc. Only the top part was slightly on chem. engineering....

I have great interest in

I have great interest in questions such as "How do you convert raw materials into useful products through the application of chemistry on a large scale, or more accurately, how to create and operate facilities relating to the manufacture of commodities essential for modern everyday life, in a safe efficient and environmentally friendly manner?

Oh, come on.

I know some people have a passion for subjects that seem completely dry to others, but that 1st sentence is just completely unbelievable. Come on, that sounds like ICI's mission statement or something. You sound quite interesting in the rest of your PS, polish it off by replacing that dire first sentence. Tell em why youre really interested and your passion should show.

i could do beter!!disgrace!!

i could do beter!!disgrace!!

Not great

You are way to repetitive. Almost every sentence starts with I, and the first sentence wouldn't really catch the attention of a reader anyways. I couldn't even finish reading this, it wasn't good at all in the first half.

About the deferring thing,

About the deferring thing, most universities actively encourage this if it is relevant to the course, which yours clearly is. Good statement.

I wonder!

The introductory sentence of this essay sounds very much like the definition of Chemical Engineering provided by Wikipedia. And so I wonder!

Honestly...

Can you really take someone seriously with an opening like that? Your first sentence should always have some punch, which this one clearly lacks.

The above comment is NOT nice

The above comment is NOT nice.

Anyway; This statement is superb apart from the cheesy introduction where you plagiarised the opening quote from a book called "Another tango and chemicals" where a student wants to become a chemical engineer.

Perhaps if you remove it and enter something like:

"Why? and who are you? are questions I am studying through my GSCES to find out".

Good luck friend. (What am I doing here?)

Your opening sentence took me

Your opening sentence took me two years to read.

Improve it

(I am an Admissions Officer)

help me out

hey is there anyone who can write me a personal statement? im really weak at it and i need it asap plz help me out:( ma email ad is: fgoodarzi2007@yahoo.com

i have to agree

i have to agree
needs to be much more related to the subject you want to study

you know what!

you know what!

studying maths has helped me.

studying maths has helped me. 100% of people applying have studied maths try to set yourself apart.

The first sentence is

The first sentence is ridiculous and I believe you wrote more about your extra curriculum activities then chemical engineering. This p.s has potential if you change the first sentence and talk more about chemical engineering.

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wow, awesome blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

Foundation for maths

i have not done maths for A levels, my only option is to a foundation year to enhance my mathematicals skillss, how do i do a personal statetment.

Foundation for maths

i have not done maths for A levels, my only option is to a foundation year to enhance my mathematicals skillss, how do i do a personal statetment.

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