Geography Personal Statement
My interest in Geography was first sparked when I was only five, when I went on holiday to Denmark. I wanted to know where Denmark was, why we had to go on a ferry, what the people there were like, what the land was like, and a million other questions. Ever since then I have had an interest in the world around me, countries, and the people and landscapes there. This is why I have chosen to study Geography.
I am currently studying Geography, Environmental Science, and Biology at A2 level, and I enjoy, and find all of these subjects interesting. I am particularly interested in Ecology, and Geography, Environmental Science, and Biology all have sections studying Ecology. I found the Geography AS level interesting, as we studied a wide range of topics, from the feasibility of building a bypass around Ambleside, to studying coastlines. Studying coastlines helped me to further understand the effects of something we did in Environmental Science, global climate change.
Studying Biology has given a scientific edge to my knowledge of Geography, particularly human Geography, e.g. studying different crops grown in different regions of the world.
I also studied I.C.T to AS level, and found it very useful, as I am now proficient in the use of a computer.
In school, but outside of lessons I took part in the Young Enterprise scheme, where I was the Marketing Director of our company, Horizon. Working as Marketing Director helped me to understand people, because I had to market our company to the general public. Leading the marketing team, gave me leadership qualities, and also helped to develop my people skills. At our weekly meetings I had to give a report to the company on how everything was going, and this has boosted my confidence in speaking to groups of people.
For my work experience I did one week at The Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, where I did a variety of tasks, such as developing photos, and annotating them. This gave me experience of working in a typical office environment.
My second week of work experience was at the Archaeological Resource Centre (ARC) in York, where I was involved in showing Primary School children around various Viking exhibits. Whilst here, although I was helping children to learn, I also learned things myself, sometimes Geography related, e.g. many experts think one reason the Vikings started raiding the rest of Europe was because there were poor conditions for agriculture, and the Vikings wanted land with milder conditions. As I was working with children here, I also improved some of my skills, for instance I had to have greater patience, and learned to explain things in a simpler way.
In my spare time I particularly enjoy cinema, and reading, and I would be interested in joining a film club. When I don't have a book to read, I am never quite as happy, and at the moment I am reading Catch 22, by Joseph Heller, and am finding it a very good read.
I am enthusiastic about Geography and intend to work hard for a Geography based degree. I have chosen to go to university, as it will provide me with the opportunity to obtain many skills, social and academic, which will be useful in many possible future careers. I am aware that taking a degree is a big commitment, and will require a lot of work, and a lot of my time, but I am prepared for this, and won't let it be an obstacle on my route to graduation.
This personal statement was written by 702 for application in 2004.
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