English Personal Statement (from United States)
One of my biggest assets is my big mouth. I love to express myself whenever I can, wherever I can, and however I can. I express myself though the strong sweeping from the bow of my violin, brushing the strings fervently as I tell a story of joy or sorrow. The quick dashes of my pen also provide a method of expression, whether it is weaving a tale or writing a piece of verse that is very terse. Always eager for conversation and often finding my hand suspended in the air during class, especially if the question is asking for my opinion on a certain issue, I find myself talking frequently if I am not writing another chapter for my story, gliding along the ice rink in vain attempts to defy gravity, or practicing the techniques for the violin, augmenting my raw emotion with discipline.
English strikes me as a very intriguing language; although it does not possess the grammatical consistency of Latin, nor the dramatic finesse of Greek, people still value the Germanic language highly. English finds itself in many interesting stories, such as Lord of the Rings, plays such as Othello, and speeches such as those given by the inspirational Winston Churchill. I wish to study English not only to improve my rhetoric and my writing, but also help me better understand the world; I hope to improve my analysis and communication skills. Harbouring a passion for literature and poetry, I express a major interest in the opinions of those who have lived in the past. Also, I enjoy reading a story as much as telling one, fascinated by what goes through the mind of an author.
My reasons for studying in the United Kingdom is because the country has a unique history and culture. In addition to being home to great thinkers such as William Shakespeare and Adam Smith, Britain offers a great environment for studying, whether it is the beautiful medieval countryside of St. Andrews, or the diverse urban complex of London. Also housing students from several hundred different countries, the United Kingdom also offers me an opportunity to meet people I have only heard about, and even people I never thought existed.
I plan on graduating from University an enlightened scholar, whose mind is free from the chains of ignorance. My ultimate wish is to work with the United Nations, hoping to close the unnecessary divide that has caused humankind to fight, cheat, and destroy itself. By studying the works of the past, I will attempt to learn the mistakes of the past, and help the world avert the repetition of history that humans often fall into. My brief time in the El Camino Youth Symphony, my participation in the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships, or my time as a Freshman Transition leader will not amount to anything if I grow up to become a hedonistic individual and become part of the greed and hatred that is plaguing our world today.
Studying in the United Kingdom is not only an excuse to tour another country, but it is an enlightening adventure that will help me find my purpose in this world and become the best I can be. There is so much that my so- called "open mind" has yet to know, and I will seek out that hidden, untapped knowledge that my voracious brain has been hungering for.
This personal statement was written by CrazedRaven for application in 2008.
As you can see, this is my Personal Statement. It is still in its early stages and much of it still needs revision. If there is anything that does not seem right, or if it comes off as arrogant or too detached, please comment. Of course, I prefer constructive criticism over "flaming."
Thank you for your time reading this!