Chemistry Personal Statement
The most fascinating aspect of chemistry is the knowledge that everything around us, the whole universe in fact, comprises a grand total of some 92 natural elements, to some degree or another.
I have always been fascinated by the elements, and the relation each element has to all the others in what is known as the Periodic Table. Every element has its place in that table, from the most abundant element in the universe - hydrogen - to the heaviest manmade elements created through nuclear synthesis, with strange sounding names such as Californium and Seaborgium.
Individual elements have certain unique properties which are responsible for the world being the way it is today. Without hydrogen bonding, water would not be able to form as a stable liquid at room temperatures: without the ability of carbon to form cyclic aromatic rings and long chains of incredible complexity, DNA, and life as we know it, would not exist. Without the semiconductive properties of silicon and assorted rare earth metals, the information technology we have, including this site, would not exist either.
The world we know, all of its physical properties, derives from the physical and chemical interactions of matter: everything on earth, from the air we breathe to life itself, is some sort of process of chemistry.
To study chemistry - to delve into the very properties of matter itself - is to enter a field of study with the potential to unlock many of the secrets of the universe itself.
This personal statement was written by fiat_knox for application in 2007.
The study of chemistry is not just for people hoping to go into some sort of industry. The very nature of matter itself has yet to be fully explored, and the knowledge obtained by the study of chemistry, the properties of matter, cannot be dismissed, even if modern theoretical sciences tend to veer more towards the cosmological.
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