Engineering Personal Statement
Overcoming economic hurdles tempered by ecological limits requires innovative solutions. For centuries mathematical and analytical skills have fused to solve practical problems.
The diverse nature of engineering has made advancements possible in an array of fields from the wheel to The International Space Station. I would be honoured to join this remarkable group of people in their quest to change our lives for the better.
For me, the pursuit of engineering is the realisation of a dream. It is about being true to myself - responding to a desire to do what I enjoy doing. An aptitude for maths and physics allows me to appreciate the idea engineers can start with numbers and finish with physical results.
The application of aeronautical engineering in particular is of special interest. In 100 years, flight has progressed from the ground-breaking efforts of the Wright brothers, to the awe-inspiring and economical Boeing 787. I want to learn more: not just about how aircraft stay in the air, but how the propulsion systems get them there.
The diversity of aerodynamics is equally intriguing. It applies not only to aircraft, but to rockets, cruise liners and F1 cars. I find even the more humble projects just as compelling: the sense of achievement I draw from assembling an IKEA table makes me wonder how it must feel to look at a bridge, a skyscraper or a fighter jet and think– I helped build that.
My interest in engineering has stemmed from my subject choices for Leaving Certificate. Though I always had a way with numbers, applied maths has shown me the practical application of mathematical skills. I find this type of problem-solving satisfying - I can visualise a definite outcome.
Physics and Chemistry have given me an insight into how things work at the smallest of levels: as I write, we are studying the intricacies of the Internal Combustion Engine which is fascinating.
In First Year I represented my school at national level in a maths competition and was ranked among the top 50 in the country. As a result of my high Junior Certificate grade, I was selected for the International Maths Olympiad programme at University College Cork. The course was challenging but rewarding.
I believe in the importance of seizing every opportunity to get involved in extra-curricular activities which have broadened my horizons. During the Transition Year (TY) programme, I ranked highly in public speaking competitions, EU project work and a mini-company competition.
The process of taking an idea from conception through completion ties closely with engineering, which was, I think, why I drew such enjoyment and pride from it. Part of my TY programme involved work experience at Cork Airport and voluntary work with The Irish Guide Dogs.
I value making a difference– as co-chairman of the Student Council, I founded the school “buddy” system, which pairs final year students with incoming first years. Being an active member of Cork County Youth Council has thought me the importance of democratic systems and speaking out for my peers.
Outside of school activities, I have a thirst for adventure. I believe in making every single day count. Making it count for me has included parapenting, water-skiing, white-water rafting and two skydives.
I have a passion for water sports and have completed all ISA dinghy sailing courses. I am equally passionate about music – I play flute to a grade 6 standard, and am a member of Cork County Youth Orchestra. However, piano (both classical and contemporary) has always been my main instrument of choice and I will sit my final exam in May.
Like most teenagers – TV plays a part in my life but even Friends takes a back seat when Mega Engineering or How It Works comes on.
The pursuit of engineering as an undergraduate would be the realisation of a dream. Pioneering dreams require ambition, determination and a vision for the future. I want to help shape that future.