Psychology Personal Statement Example
Since embarking on the A level course 16 months ago I have decided to devote my life to working in psychology.
I am struck by the way Psychological research has impacted all areas of life, but also how much there is yet to understand.
I believe you will desire students who bring ardor to the investigation of psychology, who want to immerse themselves in the ground breaking work of past practitioners and who will aim to bring their own significant contribution to the field. I am such a person.
Most people would describe me as an enthusiastic, positive person who commits herself fully to anything she tries. I know that when it comes to psychology these qualities arise naturally- I cannot help my passion for psychology!
For example when learning about criminality and the conviction system this month, the knowledge that Inbau's '9 Steps of Interrogation' are still in use in some parts of America today left me appalled at the ignorance of those implementing it.
Psychological research has been conducted to prove that this technique can lead to false confessions, yet this valuable insight is discarded. This furthers my passion to aid the recognition of psychology as a viable scientific source.
All areas of psychology fascinate me as each plays a vital part in explaining the mystery of human behaviour.
Social Psychology is particularly engaging in the way it shows the natural, instinctive reactions of humans first hand however I also find the detail, precision and control in Biological and Cognitive psychology equally riveting as the results are often clearer and more generalisable.
I am currently studying four A Levels and all have provided me with valuable transferrable skills that will aid me in the world of psychology. History involves high order debating and analysis skills which require me to think and make judgements independently. These tools enable me to look at cases from all perspectives and approaches.
A large part of my Music course involves in-depth analysis of harmony and motific development, providing me both with mathematical skills and the ability to meticulously interrogate detail.
This can be applied to all areas of your course, for example analysing the results of an experiment or evaluating the flaws in a set study.
Performance Studies has given me the opportunity to develop strong interpersonal skills, as well as valuable experiences in group work, which combined with my studies in Music has further developed my creativity.
There are many things I enjoy outside of psychology; the biggest of these is performing. I am currently working towards my Grade 8 Singing and at college I sing in the choir, Chamber choir and Rock choir.
I am also the singer for a Jazz group at college, and outside of college I sing in a vocal group called 'Sapphire' formed with school friends.
Last year I studied for and passed my Grade 5 theory and I also act, having played roles such as Nancy in 'Oliver' and Jan in 'Grease'.
At school I was a member of the school council for two years and was also voted prefect in year ten. In year eleven my fellow students voted to award me the 'Peer Cup' which I felt both humbled and touched to have won. I also like to raise money for charity whenever I can.
Every year since 2007 I have designed and sold t-shirts at charitable music festival 'Helstonbury' which raises money for local causes.
I also raised money for Cancer Research, Shelter and the NSPCC through a variety of activities such as carol singing, running a hot chocolate stall at my school, and this year running the Race for Life.
I hope this statement has given some insight into the person I am and how much I desire to study psychology at university and as a career.
I can offer you someone who not only strives for perfection and works hard but someone who can bring many extra-curricular assets to your university. I am crossing my fingers to hear from you.
This personal statement was written by HollyT for application in 2009.
HollyT's university choices
University of Bristol
University of Exeter
University College London
The University of Warwick
Green: offer made
Red: no offer made
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