Maths Personal Statement
Mathematics can, at times, be the single most frustrating subject I have ever studied, yet I love it. The euphoria of completing a particularly hard puzzle, or the sudden realisation of a particular topic clicking into place, makes the challenge and the hard work all the more worthwhile. Studying both maths and further maths at 'A' level has been the most enjoyable and rewarding part of my academic career, and the logic and reasoning required for the subject keeps me interested. By studying mathematics to degree standard, I hope to find and answer many new questions I might have. In particular, I am looking forward to exploring more in the field of pure maths. My success and fascination in mathematics has given me a strong foundation to approach a degree with both the confidence and enthusiasm needed to succeed. By entering myself for the mathematics AEA, I hope to expand upon the mathematical knowledge I have already learnt, by further developing the skills to apply them to demanding and complex questions. Besides the possible reward of another qualification, the prospect of gaining greater understanding, alongside better techniques of application in maths, will be a fantastic opportunity.
To help support my studies I work as a customer assistant in a retail store. Parts of my duties involve contact with members of the public and this has helped me enhance both my communication and problem solving skills. By managing a busy schedule of studying, work and a teenage social life, I have acquired time management skills that will prove invaluable to me during my degree.Some of my most fulfilling and rewarding experiences in recent years include being a member of the cast in two drama productions at my secondary school. Holding critical and demanding roles, while under pressure to perform in front of an audience, has helped me develop my confidence greatly and I look forward to continuing such activities at university. Throughout my GCSE years, I was a library assistant at school where my duties included the issuing and returning of books and working with the rest of the library staff to ensure the general day-to-day running of the service. The experience of working within the library structure, along with other assistants, helped me improve the way I work within a team, and help shape me into a more mature individual. More recently, whilst studying for my A-levels, I have chosen to spend a number of my free periods helping with some of the younger years' maths classes. The communication and language skills, developed from aiding students with a variety of abilities, have helped augment my already keen social and communication skills, whilst helping struggling students has taught me both patience and that positive results can be gained with enough perseverance.
Although taking a break now due to a sporting injury, I am also a keen martial artist. I find that maintaining physical fitness helps general well being and concentration, which has had a positive impact on my studies. Having studied kickboxing for two and a half years to the standard of red belt, whilst casually exploring the Korean martial art of Tae-Kwon-Do, I have realised a fascinating insight into the versatility and strengths of the human physique. I hope to compete in the ring on a national level one day. Martial arts are seen as a way of life, they are certainly a big part of mine.
It is because of my passion for the subject, and the skills learnt from helping others that makes me believe I will make a successful mathematician. Where knowledge and logic are necessary parts to being successful in maths, it is my drive and passion that will help me to learn it, alongside my communication and language skills that will help me use the knowledge in real-life situations.
This personal statement was written by porter2002 for application in 2007.