Geography Personal Statement
My enthusiasm for Geography was initially fostered when, in a series of art lessons, we were given 'National Geographic' magazine to use. Drawn in by the stunning photographs, I began to read the fascinating articles that they accompanied. This was the spark that lit my enthusiasm for the subject.
Over time, my interest in the subject has developed further; I subscribe to both 'National Geographic' and the less US-centric 'Geographical'; and when they arrive each month, I am genuinely excited by the prospect of widening my knowledge of subjects such as the culture of Mongolians living in a remote province of China, the exploration of previously uncharted caves in the Netherlands or yet more influences of climate change upon the environment and human life.
I am intrigued by the way a single subject can encompass so many strands of life; the relationship between humans and the natural environment has immense effects on issues as diverse as poverty, transport systems, migration and globalisation. This symbiotic relationship is fundamental to all our lives. I am keen to further my knowledge of issues that can affect important political policy and increase environmental awareness, thereby helping predict (and protect) future impact on the planet and coming generations.
All my AS subjects have been beneficial in providing a wide range of skills and insights which will support my study of Geography at degree level. Media encouraged me to undertake independent research and enhanced my awareness of contemporary global issues. English strengthened my appreciation of reading a broad variety of texts. By contrast, Biology enabled me to develop scientific research, in depth fieldwork skills and analytical skills, pertinent to the nature of Geography.
In studying AS Geography my appreciation of the interconnections between traditional humanities subjects was heightened. This, coupled with my interest in societal development and general determination and dedication in regards to my studies, has prompted me to take up the exciting challenge of completing both AS and A2 History in my upper sixth year. The importance of understanding the past events that have shaped the world we live in- and study- today prompted this decision.
Geography can have great political impact. It has influenced my involvement in the anti-war movement. I am an active member of the international Stop The War Coalition and a founding member and convenor of Liverpool branch of School Students Against War. In this capacity I work with both peers and the wider community. In my role as convenor I have organised regular local meetings, national conferences and steering committees, actions including marches, lobbies and petitions as well as fundraising events such as gigs.
I have been fortunate in having the opportunity of fairly extensive travel. I enjoy seeing life from alternative perspectives. Travel allows me to explore geographical theory in a living setting, whether it be seeing, first-hand, the realities of life under a socialist system in Cuba or discovering landforms created by glaciation whilst camping in North Wales.
For my work experience placement, I spent a fortnight working at COMTECHSA, a community architects in central Liverpool. This gave me experience of being in a 'real' workplace- writing report, liaising with the public and contributing to meetings. It linked strongly to my Geography studies as I learnt a great deal about town planning, sustainable building policy and environmental impact in architectural design.
I would love to study Geography to degree level, as the prospect of furthering my knowledge of a subject about which I am passionate is amazing. I would greatly enjoy studying- and hopefully contributing to- the ever-growing knowledge of Geography, or, as it has been put more succinctly, learning more about 'the why of where'.
This personal statement was written by lucygettings for application in 2007.