Chemistry Personal Statement
From the smallest molecule to the most important issues of the modern world, chemistry is fundamental. The burgeoning world energy crisis, for example, will only be solved with the help of Chemistry, and the possibility to be involved in this is an ambition of mine. Studying Chemistry has helped me to further understand this problem and to ask questions like why is hydrogen fuel expensive to produce? And it has helped to answer such questions, i.e. due to the high amount of energy required for the electrolysis of water. Chemistry is also crucial in industry, and new developments can have large economic impacts. This evident vitality, augmented by the deeper understanding of real-world issues gained by further study, is a major incentive to study degree level Chemistry.
My interest in Chemistry was consolidated by my work experience at Durham University Chemistry Department. The more advanced Chemistry I was exposed to - in textbooks, discussions and practical work - ensured me that I would be interested in degree level Chemistry. My work mainly consisted of brominating an aromatic, which would produce an intermediate for stem-cell research. This taught me valuable practical skills, such as the use of Schlenk apparatus, column separation and rotary evaporation. Working with a research team made me particularly attracted to courses offering an opportunity to take part in research. Using analytical machinery, such as NMR, on compounds that I had produced excitingly brought what had been theory in a textbook into practical reality. The desire for more of these moments is one of my main motivations for studying Chemistry. In addition, I regularly engage in further reading online, e.g. the Oxford pre-University Chemistry Course. This has expanded my interest in Chemistry beyond the A2 syllabus.
At school, I won the prize for AS Chemistry and represented the school in a regional Chemistry competition at Newcastle University, coming runner up. This has added to my confidence with, and commitment to, Chemistry. I also won the prize for AS Mathematics, a subject I enjoy almost as much as Chemistry. My study of Mathematics has increased my understanding and interest in the quantified aspects of Chemistry. I chose to continue History to A2 to develop my analytical and essay writing skills, which would prove especially useful in any broader optional modules taken and with general scientific writing.
Cafe Scientifique has given me the opportunity to engage in scientific debate, and being a member of the committee has allowed me to choose topics, such as artificial intelligence and evolution, and run the debates themselves. In addition to this, I have participated in the school's Debating Society and represented the school in the Cambridge Schools Debating Competition. Expanding on this in a university debating society is something I look forward to. The LINK listening course I completed allowed me to become a school counsellor, and I would welcome an opportunity to become involved in counselling at university. Assembling personal computers is a hobby of mine, and the use of IT in Chemistry intrigues me; so far, I have used applications such as ChemOffice to present homework and view molecules in 3D.
My passion for Chemistry stems from an appetite to understand the physical world around me, and I eagerly anticipate the enhancement of understanding that degree level Chemistry will bring.
This personal statement was written by Alxy for application in 2007.
Got an offer from Oxford for Chemistry at AAA. Also got an offer for Natural Sciences at Durham.
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