History Personal Statement Example 16
History links us to the consequences of life in worlds gone by. Childhood visits to the inspiring Hadrian's Wall and Stonehenge fuelled my curiosity in the subject as I wanted to explore and absorb these worlds. I still have that enthusiasm and now recognise how past times have had a profound impact not just on my childhood interest and enjoyment but also the world today. My voluntary post in a Salisbury museum has enabled me to discover how the past is brought to the public and I have enjoyed meeting people with a background in history. This and the motivation I gained from GCSE and AS History have confirmed to me that I want to take my studies to degree level.
AS History led me to Amsterdam's Anne Frank Museum and Dutch Resistance Museum, showing me the broader impact of World War Two not in the taught syllabus. To complement my studies I also took part in a school trip to Berlin. Here I was able to hear a first hand account of the true terror of crossing the border from Eastern to Western Europe, revealing to me that history isn't just found in text or by unearthing artefacts but also through the lives of others. I am eager to study Soviet Russia at A2 after reading Service's biography of Stalin. This book opened my eyes to the dramatic changes the Soviet Union went through in political and social terms with policies of collectivisation and the Purges.
I feel my A level subjects have allowed me to do what I most enjoy - researching and analysing sources from the past while developing my own ideas. English has allowed me to experience writers such as Owen, Sassoon and Sherrif who further broadened my thinking showing me differing and very personal views of life within WWI. Studying Politics has shown me the breadth of implications of history, particularly in studies into Northern Ireland.
Since joining 6th form after moving to Salisbury I have been determined to become an integral part of the school community. I have achieved this, becoming a Prefect and Form Captain in Year 12 where I integrated with other years as well as my own, and developed leadership and organisational skills. I am now a Senior Mentor for Year 12, which is very rewarding as I offer emotional and academic support to students. Previous positions of responsibility include being a librarian. In terms of sport I was on the school tennis team which improved my fitness and taught me teamwork and communication.
I am currently working towards Grade 8 flute. Music lessons have encouraged me to persevere to achieve excellence. I became leader of the flute section of Skipton Music Centre's Wind Band, and, after moving, joined the Senior Wind Band of Salisbury Area Young Musicians. These groups have improved my ability to listen to others and gain confidence through performing to unfamiliar audiences in a variety of locations.
I have varied paid and voluntary work experience which has developed my responsibilities and taught me how to interact with customers and work as a team with other employees. The balance of work and study has developed my time management skills, something I feel is crucial to a history degree.
I am looking forward to studying history at university because this will allow me to think critically and broadly. I believe university will allow me to meet many people from a wide variety of backgrounds, and that the experience will provide me with excellent transferable skills for the career path I choose to follow.
This personal statement was written by carmelmarie for application in 2007.
I think my personal statement was probably not as good as it could have been, however, I hope it will be a good basis for people to follow. I think mine lacked a certain unique spark, altough it perfectly well fulfilled what i needed it to do. However, I was also predicted 3 A's and therefore missing out on Bristol must mean there was something slightly lacking in my application,s o perhaps this was it - or perhaps i'm being overly harsh on myself as I did get offers from Cardiff (AAB), Royal Holloway (AAB), Southampton (ABB), Birmingham (AAB) and Exeter (AAA)