Politics Personal Statement
Since my early teenage years I have had a strong interest in the world that I live in; wanting to understand where mine and others’ places can be and are in society; not just locally but globally, so I follow current affairs programmes on the television and read newspapers and journals, such as the ‘Economist’, with interest.
However, I wish to explore further the causes and effects of human interactions.
The study of economics and politics provides explanations and predictions, as well as more universal theories, which underlie human behaviour, as well as offering insight into the validity of the various political choices competing for our favour.
The subjects I am studying at A Level provide a good grounding in skills and knowledge for these two interrelated disciplines.
English Language ensures that I can analyse, and communicate clearly and effectively, in both the spoken and written mode. History - the study of the past and its implications - is most valuable as it provides research skills and improves my essay writing, as does Psychology which also gives some insights into how our minds variously function.
Physics develops experimental and - along with Mathematics - analytical and problem solving skills, as well as ensuring my abilities have breadth. I am most enthusiastic at the prospect of having my abilities stretched and raised to a much higher standard, especially as I have not studied economics or politics before.
By the end of my degree course I also expect to be a more astute, mature person; I shall certainly take advantage of all the various social and sporting opportunities your university offers. It is my current career ambition to have a job in professional politics as an MP, to play a part in national policy making and legislation, as well as experiencing the pride of being a democratic representative of the people.
This ambition flows from my concern for the well-being of others and the continued freedom of our people. Your degree course is ideal preparation for this career because it will impart the knowledge necessary for informed policy formation, and the skills - such as good communication and effective debating - needed to succeed in this competitive occupation.
I am a member of the Conservative party and follow their policy reformation after 1997 with interest. Currently my other interests include science and technology - I enjoy reading the ‘New Scientist’ journal, for instance - as well as computers, of which I regard myself as an advanced user.
For example, I use the Internet for study and research into areas of interest, such as comment on government policy decisions, and upgrading hardware myself.
Also, last year I had a 3D computer game ‘add-on’ - designed by myself over a lengthy period, teaching myself a great number of skills in this field - packaged on a number of international magazines, including the UK-based ‘PC Gamer’. I also enjoy walking with my family and our dogs in the Dorset countryside, and am a member of the Vegan Society.