Biologicalsciences have always fascinated me because of their direct relevance in ourlives, especially in human health. I firstbecame aware of the importance of our scientific understanding at the age of 8,when my little sister suddenly lost the use of her arm. The life of our family was thrownupside down as the doctors tried tounderstand why this had happened.
Eventually she was diagnosed with Chiarimalformation, seeing my sister regain the use of her arm after surgery left apowerful impression on me.Whilst on my gap year I have acquired a specialeducational needs teaching assistant job, which involves supporting thelearning of children in subjects like Maths and Science. It is extremelyrewarding seeing the positive impact both educationally and socially. I lead asocial skills intervention which benefits children struggling with autism andAsperger’s, it prompts them to have positive interactions with one another andwill hopefully stand them in stead for the rest of their lives. Sharing my appreciation of science with young people issomething I have thoroughly enjoyed; my time in the school has reinforced mydesire to work in an educational environment, and being able to combine thiswith a subject I am passionate about is something I can see as a lifelongcareer.
I plan on going to Uganda this summer to teach Englishand deliver projects to improve the lives of people in rural communities, Ibelieve this will further develop my skills of self-awareness and maximise mypersonal potential and fulfilment. My passion for science has lead me to read many inspiringbooks, most recently I read ‘The Selfish Gene’ by Richard Dawkins. Dawkinsexplains that genes are the drivers for life; he uses the principles ofevolution to demonstrate that although previously we thought that naturalselection was the honing of the individual, it is in fact the gene itself thatis trying to survive.My time management skills allow me to engage in a rangeof activities outside of my academic studies.
I enjoy various sports, havingcompleted the 40 mile Ten Tors, captained my school, local and universitynetball teams, and competed successfully in regional athletics and swimmingcompetitions. I was able to develop my teamwork and leadership skills at manycharity events, and at my school prefect meetings. As a prefect at school, Iwas proactively involved in organising open evenings and voicing the opinionsof my peers. It also involved me giving speeches to large numbers of students,improving my public speaking and confidence. I am awareof the demands of science degree but my desire has been strengthened workingamong teachers and I believe I have the right attributes to undertake thedemands of being a student.