Medical Science Personal Statement
Life as an A-level student has brought challenges and rewards that I feel have enhanced and added volumes of positive input to my character. I am a cheerful, enthusiastic and caring member of Ponteland Sixth Form College, with a burning drive to strive forward on a continuous journey of self-improvement.
Every time I reach a new peak, I see another and want to climb it. I have an unstoppable momentum and I dont think Ill ever stop.
My passion for science led me to take Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics to A-level, all of which I find very demanding.
Basic queries I had about how my body works and how it relates to the world around us are answered in Biology and Chemistry. I find that quite often it is the most mundane action of our bodies, such as the heartbeat, that turns out to be the most profound and complicated.
The certainty and logic attached to Mathematics complement these subjects by providing models by which to explain scientific situations. Persistence and a strong work ethic have enabled me to achieve top grades in Mathematics which is certainly my most challenging subject.
Amongst the pressures from these intense science-orientated A-levels, I made sure that I indulged in an art that I thoroughly enjoyed - English Literature.
Alongside the prescribed texts, I enjoy reading books suited to y own taste, from the beautiful and profound “The Man That Fell In Love With The Moon," to delightfully frivolous celebrity autobiographies. I find these entirely different genres of text quench my thirst for a broad spectrum of literature.
Being a keen member of my sixth form charity committee has allowed me to give something back to the community through fund raising events for charities such as the NSPCC and Children in Need.
I worked as a ward assistant at Saint Oswalds Hospice caring for terminally ill patients and helped out at my local community first school teaching basic IT skills to Year One students.
These voluntary jobs encouraged me to develop a stronger sense of my responsibility for other people. Further to enhance my ability to reach out and help others, I attended a first aid course last autumn in which I achieved a Young Lifesavers Plus award.
Outside of college, I enjoy keeping healthy and active through a daily exercise routine combined with periodic runs with my two dogs, gym visits and tae kwon-do classes.
At times of great stress, I find that exercise can be remarkably therapeutic physically, emotionally and mentally. I enjoy travel immensely and last year trekked across East America, staying with friends and family along the way.
To further my appreciation of different languages, I took up Spanish and Italian lessons last year and achieved two post-16 awards. I have also began to learn Mandarin once a week.
My work experience was at the Institute of Human Genetics in Newcastle where I helped with the CAPP studies. I learned about the way in which gene technology is helping treat people with serious illnesses.
I was fascinated by the trials and it was at this moment that the elusive "Eureka Moment" struck me and I began to see medicine as a serious career choice for myself. I see it as a great challenge, another great peak to climb, and I look forward to a positive enjoyable and prosperous university life.
This personal statement was written by tcdlewis for application in 2001.
Looking back over this makes me cringe but it got me into the courses I applied for (UCL, Imperial, Kings, Manchester) and for interview at Cambridge... but my interview made sure I wasnt given an offer :-S. I hope this is useful to some people. I personally would have thrown it in the bin.
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