Upon leaving high school I chose to continue my study to A level, inMathematics, Physics and Chemistry; not only because these were the subjects Icould achieve within academically, but because they would facilitate my abilityto further understand our world on the most fundamental of levels. Furthermore,I believethat this is a very well-respected academic discipline, which will enableexcellent career prospects and opportunities in a range of research fields andprofessions. The subject is particularly stimulating and exciting to me as itoften allows a use of mathematical theory to solve every day practicalproblems.
My ability within Mathematics and Science has always been noticeable,however throughout my A level study, this passion has really been able to flourish.I beganto see and learn how different branches of Physics fit seamlessly together toexplain parts of a much larger picture. I have experienced a much greater scopethan at GCSE and had more of an opportunity to use my initiative as well as moreof a focus on the fundamental scientific principles.
I have particularlyenjoyed both the quantum and classical mechanics chapters of Physics, as these havehelped me the most to understand how the world functions, and also oftenrequire mathematical manipulation to form equations that begin to explain atheoretical concept or problem. In addition to my college study I also enjoy reading around Physics andMathematics. Some of my favourites books have been ”A brief history of time”by Stephen Hawking as well as ”Physics of the future, the inventions that willtransform our lives” by Dr Michio Kaku. Not only do I find these books deeplyengaging and interesting but I also feel they allow me to develop my knowledge incertain areas deeper and wider than the A level specification would allow.
Throughout the summer following my AS year,myself and a small team of my Physics classmates completed a research projectinto thermodynamics. This was an extremely valuable exercise for me as we wereable to independently construct experiments to verify our hypotheses, giving mea small insight into the world of practical Physics that awaits. Following our investigation, we were taskedwith formatting our findings into a paper and presenting this for the heads ofthe college Physics department. This again was extremely valuable as I was ableto develop both the independent researching abilities and further develop myability to work within a team. Two skills which I know will be invaluable withinmy university education.
In addition to academia, I have always beenincredibly passionate about sports, fitness and physical activity. This is apassion which has afforded me many rewarding experiences throughout my highschool and college education. Most notably, the privilege of captaining my highschool football team, being individually chosen to coach and manage youngeryears squads as well as representing within county rugby games for Selby Rugbyclub. I feel that the commitment, leadership and teamwork skills I developed throughoutthese years will be incredibly beneficial in allowing me to achieve highly throughoutmy undergraduate study. I am a highlyself-motivated, ambitious and well-rounded student, who learns quickly, thinkslaterally, and is prepared to work as hard as it takes to achieve my goalswithin this subject.
I genuinely hope that this is expressed within mystatement and I am thoroughly excited to begin my journey within youruniversity.