Politics Personal Statement
Current and prevailing debate and discussion has widened my views on our ever changing society. After attending the Scottish leaders’ debate this year my fascination for Politics intensified. Having studied Higher Modern Studies I gained an initial knowledge of electoral systems and after following the 2010 General Elections my interest in Politics grew tremendously. Being determined to understand the nature of power, authority and legitimacy within various political parties, I personally became engrossed in various ideologies; one that captivated my interest immensely is Hobbes’ Theory of human nature and his conclusions that humans are fundamentally both fearful and ambitious. Also as a result of currently studying Higher Politics I have become more intrigued with how our society operates and to what extent we live in a democracy and how each term of Government has varying attempts to reduce inequalities that exist in the UK today.
Arranging my recent work experience with Angela Constance MSP was demanding yet highly rewarding. During this time I had the opportunity to examine the everyday activities that take place in a political environment. I achieved greater insight into the reality of how political figures are dedicated to representing the welfare of individuals and aiding them with any inequality they may face.
Throughout my time in Ms Constance’s office I was given the responsibility to create a social network page to update her profile and hopefully captivate the younger generation of voters. With the forthcoming Scottish Parliament Elections I have been in various constituencies canvassing and issuing leaflets to aid Angela Constance’s election campaign. I love the excitement and anticipation of elections and during our recent Pupil Council Elections I could not resist being a member of the counting team where I experienced firsthand the complex voting system single transferable vote and the proportional results it provides.
In November of this year I was fortunate to attend the ‘Post 16’ conference at Central Hall Westminster, during this experience my understanding of the work and functions of the Parliament increased enormously and I had the opportunity to interact with numerous MPs and Lords from all parties.
As a highly active and vivacious member of my school community I participate in various committees and activities. Joining the Fairtrade group, the Charity and Buddy Committees again reflects my interest on eclectic causes. This year I completed a Leadership in practice award through organising the Macmillan Coffee Morning and the first year Buddy disco. I also participate weekly in voluntary work within Cederbank Special Needs School. All these activities have increased my communication, organisation and time management skills. Relationships and interactions with others are an important part of Politics as is being well prepared which is shown through my recent and current studies.
Out with school I am interested in current affairs throughout the world and I am an avid reader of ‘Holyrood’ and ‘Total Politics’ magazines and the Sunday Herald newspaper; I am impartial and like to consider a variety of political opinions. As a youth member of my local community council I have represented the views of the younger generation within the community. I also attended the ‘Festival of Politics’ and gained increasing knowledge on a wide range of topics. Kaliani Lyle, one of many influential figures who have inspired my interest in Politics chaired the Segregation session and questioned the success of the Equal Pay Act; this issue remains a personal interest.
Attending the high quality Politics course offered at your University will enable me to explore further the areas that I find so intriguing. Ambitious and eager I want to build on my existing experiences and knowledge of political systems. As an-all round achiever I would consider myself an asset to university life.
This personal statement was written by ShannonGreig17 for application in 2010.
ShannonGreig17's university choices
University of Glasgow
Green: offer made
Red: no offer made
Politics MA at The University of Edinburgh