Physics Personal Statement
My childhood unleashed a desire to know how things work and why things happen. By the time I have clear memory of myself I was enthralled by all the things that were taking place around me, the pull of a magnet or the formation of a wave when I would throw a pebble, but all the explanations I received were too vague.
When I went to high school, along with the evolvement of my mathematical and physics knowledge, my passion for the mysteries of the world evolved with them. Only then did I realise that what I wanted to do with my life is study physics. Only through studying physics at the highest level will I be able to fulfill my passion, since its content covers from quanta to quasars. Physics explains every single and seemingly mysterious phenomena of the universe through some fascinating and yet unexpectedly simple equations. Due to the limited provision of the curriculum in secondary education, I chose to expand my knowledge through self-study, in order the grasp the concepts of time and space of A. Einstein, the notion of black holes, the M-theory and so many others. I am able to accomplish this through studying scientific books written by prestigious Physicists, for instance I was fascinated by the 'A brief history of time' and 'the Feynman Lectures on Physics' , which despite being difficult to be fully comprehended, have significantly helped me to better understand quantum mechanics and general relativity.
In addition, I am a fervent reader of the articles published in the world known 'Physics World' and the 'American Journal of Physics'. Furthermore, I have attended physics lectures held in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Also, along with my physics teacher in school, I will attend a seminar on subatomic particles held in the University of Piraeus. I have also participated in one panhellenic mathematical competition some years ago, held by the greek mathematical company, in which I managed to outperform. Additionally, I will also take part in both a mathematical
and a physics panhellenic competition, which will cover the curriculum of the last grade of high school. Moreover, I have been elected by my schoolmates as their representative in the school's student board, with a role to uphold students rights.
As far as my extracurricular activities are concerned, I am passionate about sports. More specifically, I have been a member of a football club since the age of
six, and I came close to be selected in the Greek national football team of my age, two years ago. Football has been a major part of my life for many years, and thus l learned that only through hard work, discipline and cooperation can someone stand out, both individually and as a team.
Besides sports, I am also fascinated by music, and I am a self-taught guitarist since the age of fourteen, as I had not the chance to learn how to play a musical instrument by a professional teacher, and I am
also a member of a band, which I created along with my friends. With this background, I have decided to apply to the school of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Edinburgh, due to its recognition, the
structure of its programme and the world leading research taking place in the institution. On completion of my Bachelor, I would like to continue further my studies with a Masters and a PhD, either on Astrophysics or Theoretical Physics, having also in mind a Bachelor in Mathematics, in which I have a passion, and would help me expand and deepen my knowledge regarding the mathematical background of physics.
Last but not least, I do find the idea of becoming a scientist intriguing, and I am certain that my creativity, curiosity and fervourof physics will help me become an innovator in the field of physics.
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My childhood unleashed a desire to know how things work and why things
happen. By the time I have clear memory of myself I was enthralled by
all the things that were taking place around me, the pull of a magnet or
the formation of a wave when I would throw a pebble, but all the
explanations I received were too vague...
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