Biology and Psychology Personal Statement 2
I would like to study Psychology and Biology at University because I have always been intrigued by science, by how the body works and by how human beings interact with one another. I wish to gain a deeper understanding of what makes us who we are and I believe that studying biology with psychology will help me to achieve this. In biology I am particularly looking forward to studying genetics and finding out what makes us unique and how this is linked to psychology. I want to come to University, not just to expand my knowledge base but to experience the joys of being a student.
After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I would either like to go on and study medicine or else I would like to complete a postgraduate degree in psychology. However, I feel that such a huge decision cannot be made until I have more life experience, which I am certain I will gain at University.
At University, I would, without a doubt, love to continue learning foreign languages. I have been studying French since I was eleven and Italian since I was fourteen because I believe that it is important to be able to communicate with people from foreign countries and one of the things that I am looking forward to the most when I do start university is meeting new people of different origins and having the chance to get to know them.
Studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths with Italian and French has helped me to reach the decision of studying Biology and Psychology. Although I enjoy speaking languages I feel that studying them alone is not enough of a challenge, whereas, with Biology and Psychology there is still so much I have yet to learn and so many mysteries left to be discovered and it is this fascination with the unknown that has made me want to study Biology and Psychology.
During the month of January 2008, I spent a week working in Kessington Medical Centre which is a Doctors Surgery just outside of Glasgow. As well as giving me confidence, my week of work experience taught me many valuable lessons, the most worthwhile one being, learning what it actually means to be in the medical profession. I realised, at the end of the week, that medicine is not just about understanding science. I realised that understanding medicine, although it will make you good at your job, does not make you a good person. Understanding people and wanting to help them is what makes you become an even better human being and that is why I feel that studying psychology and biology will help me, not just in my academic life but in all other parts too.
I am very passionate about music and I have been playing the violin since I was eight years old. As well as playing my violin as part of a church band, I have taken part in a number of courses. Two of these courses included spending a week away from home and performing in a concert as part of an orchestra, which I believe demonstrates teamwork.
My two main pastimes, not including playing and listening to music are reading and running. My favourite books are ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ by Harper Lee and Robert Jordan’s series, ‘The Wheel of Time’. My favourite genres are Fantasy and Science Fiction, although I am happy to read most books and try different genres. I enjoy running as a way of keeping fit and while I do not run as part of a club, I have taken in part in two of Cancer Research’s ‘Race for Life’ 5 kilometre runs, for which I have raised quite a lot of money.
I know that only being in my fifth year of secondary school, might make it seem as though I am too young for University but I feel that school has nothing left to offer me and that I am mature enough to leave and take my education into my own hands. I am organised, punctual, responsible and extremely hardworking and I think that given the chance I would fit in very well at University. I believe that University will present new challenges, which I am willing to take and I believe that at University I can find out who I am and the person that I want to become.
Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018
Marine Biology Personal Statement 2
During my work experience at the Marine Biological Association of the UK, I carried out electrophoresis on the DNA of Emiliania huxleyi. This was the first time that I had a chance to see marine biology on a professional level. The practical was part of a session demonstrating the significance of this coccolithophore to not only the oceans, but to the entire planet. Learning the importance of coccolithophores as CO2 sinks and as indicators of ocean acidification, I realised the importance that marine biology has on a global scale, especially as the urgency to combat climate change increases. Having a nature-loving father really sparked my interest in biology. From catching frogs in the temperate rainforest of the Fowey valley to finding land hermit crabs in the mangroves of the Florida Keys, my dad has always shown that if you look closely, you will find much more than what first meets the eye. His logic extends into rockpooling, which at the age of eighteen I still enjoy as much as ever. The coasts near where I live are some of the most biodiverse in the UK, with an abundance of seagrass, kelp forests, and rocky reefs. My favourite find was a Sepiola atlantica, noticing its chromatophores changing shape as I examined it. Areas that fascinate me include coastal ecology, cephalopod morphology, and migrating patterns of cetaceans. I am a student member of the Marine Biological Association of the UK and find their monthly journal fascinating and a welcome challenge to read. Using the internet I have found access to some great journals, with Penry, Cockcroft and Hammond's "Seasonal fluctuations in occurrence of inshore Bryde's whales in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa" being one of the most interesting. One of my favourite books is "Cephalopods A World Guide" by Mark Norman. It has provided me with an insight into the diversity of cephalopods and their behaviour as well as serving as an identification guide; on one occasion I encountered and recognised an Octopus briareus while snorkelling in Cuba. My strong affiliation with wider biology has led me to achieving a gold in the British Biology Olympiad, which was one of the best moments during my time at school. Other academic competitions I have taken part in include the geographical "Plymouth World Wise Challenge", where my team won twice. Snorkelling, swimming, and freediving are three aquatic activities that I absolutely love, because they give my mind a rest while staying active and seeing marine life. Three of my proudest extracurricular achievements are swimming in the Blue Mile event, competing in the Plymouth MAD cycle race, and completing the 45 mile route of Ten Tors. For the latter two, the ability to work as a team was essential, especially making fair decisions and maintaining a consistently positive attitude throughout. In my spare time I play the piano, which I find to be an emotional outlet as well as just being brilliant fun, with the challenge of learning a piece by ear often keeping me busy for hours. I love to cook: especially Italian, Asian, and French food, and cook for my family and friends regularly. Learning to cook is a useful skill I have gained, and I believe it's one of the most important steps to achieving independence. I have kept coldwater, tropical freshwater and tropical marine species successfully over the years: from the common goldfish to the finicky Linckia laevigata. Keeping marine species has not only allowed me to gain knowledge of their behaviour and morphology, but also a great understanding of tropical marine ecosystems such as mangrove forests, coral reefs, and seagrass beds. I found mangroves in particular to be fascinating, and I believe they could play a huge role in a sustainable future for tropical countries. I think that sustainability is key for the successful continuation of humankind on Earth, and I hope that my future career in marine biology will play an important part in our path to achieving this.
Universities Applied to:
Please note, an A in A2 biology has already been achieved so the following offers are based on two grades!
- Aberdeen (Marine Biology) - Conditional Offer (BB)
- Plymouth (Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology) - Conditional Offer (AB)
- Bangor (Marine Biology) - Conditional Offer (BB)
- St Andrews (Marine Biology) - Nothing yet
- Glasgow (Marine and Freshwater Biology) - Nothing yet
- Biology - A (already achieved)
- Chemistry - A
- Geography - A
- General Studies - B
Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018