Psychology Personal Statement
Psychology surrounds us. I often observe my class mates and ask myself why they are so different, struggling with attention or eating disorders. While looking for reasons, I also want to find ways to help them and I am confident that psychology will give me the means to do so.
I am also attracted to psychology because it is a very diverse field. There is both a biological and social aspect, each different but equally important. For example, research shows that both genetics and the living environment affect someone’s personality, so the two halves of psychology have to work together to reveal truths about humans.
I find this interaction fascinating. It also makes psychology a broad subject which is very appealing to me because I am interested in many fields of psychology and I know the course will provide me with the knowledge I seek.
This subject also offers countless possibilities and is constantly expanding. Important and sometimes shocking discoveries are made every day and this is all thanks to the research conducted by universities. I think research is the future. It allows us to understand ourselves and others better and to reveal facts that never occurred to us before.
It also proves wrong many false theories and long-held beliefs, thus helping society. Personally, I cannot wait to conduct my own research and to choose a theme on which to base my investigations.
I enjoy reading books and articles about psychology because the ideas presented in them both surprise me and make me wonder. I feel stimulated by the theories of certain professors and I like how these theories challenge my previous concepts of self, humanity and the world.
I liked very much Kahneman’s book on decision making, ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’, Hrdy’s ‘Mothers and Other’s, Gladwell’s ‘Blink’, ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’ by Pinkel and Linden’s ‘Pleasure’. I regularly read The Psychologist online and receive the National Geographic monthly.
I am Hungarian and Lao; and I speak English and French fluently, and Spanish well. I have always been attracted to languages as they are the key to success in today’s world and they are easy to learn.
Studying has never been a problem for me; I am determined to work hard to achieve my goals.
I enjoy writing essays and doing presentations, as I can express myself easily in both. Studying advanced philosophy taught me to read long texts with a critical mind and to construct complex arguments effectively. My studies in Advanced Maths and Biology helped me further develop my logical thinking and problem solving skills.
My interests are not restricted to school; I have been swimming for 11 years, and was elected the team captain and awarded the Fair play prize.
I am also a tennis club member. Moreover, I have played piano for 9 years and take drama classes in both Hungarian and French. Although I have to plan ahead and organise my time well, I enjoy this active lifestyle.
My work experience in the Institute of Behavioural Sciences of Pecs University introduced me to academic research in psychology, and gave me the chance to work with some of the university's leading researchers.
I also participated in tolerance training in the Institute of Social Sciences, which showed me how we are all influenced by stereotypes and perceptions.
I also met social workers who shared their personal experiences in the field, which I found fascinating and I have developed a great respect for them and the work they do.
During another placement I was an assistant at a camp for disadvantaged children. I loved spending time with them and had the privilege to befriend autistic children.
It was an enriching experience for me to be accepted into their world and I am amazed by how loving these handicapped children can be.
I am keen to satisfy my curiosity and to extend my knowledge through studying behaviour and the human mind at the University.
I look forward very much to studying in the UK and later to pursue my studies to postgraduate level.
This personal statement was written by zoffyfi for application in 2013.
zoffyfi's university choices
University of St Andrews
Green: offer made
Red: no offer made
I got an offer from all of the 5 universities I applied to, but I'm not sure if it's thanks to the personal statement or my grades. Hope this helps anyone who wants to study psychology; it's an awesome subject!
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