The limitless potential of the life sciences and the opportunity for world-changing breakthroughs are both exciting and compelling to me. Upon hearing about a disease for the first time, I am eager to find out more about the precise ways in which it affects the body, which has led me to spend much time researching the details of various diseases. My desire to understand life on a deeper, biological level and to be involved in the analysis and diagnosis of disease first inspired me to pursue a career in medical science. The prospect of obtaining a diverse role in the medical field that holds a strong link to human biology makes it a natural path for me to take.
I am currently enjoying participating in a six week biomedicine course at the Newcastle Centre for Life. It has given me a clearer insight into the numerous disciplines within biomedical science and taught me about the involvement of various processes, such as microscopy and the handling of small patient specimens. This has given me a sense of the importance of attention to detail, a quality that I feel I naturally possess. The course has also involved practical aspects; an ultrasound machine was used to directly observe blood vessels within the neck of a participant, providing an applied example of the complexity of human anatomy.
Reading has additionally played a large part in advancing my interest in biomedicine and I developed a particular interest in neuroscience upon reading 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat' by Oliver Sacks. This book opened my eyes to the progressive nature of neuroscience and the intriguing occurrences of such unique cases within the field of neurology.
At A-Level, my subject choices are varied, indicating my well-rounded capabilities, but Biology has without a doubt provided me with the most enjoyment. The first AS unit entitled 'Biology and Disease' seized my interest immediately and I most recently completed Unit 5, my favourite topics being muscle contraction and the nervous system, anatomical topics with undoubted links to biomedicine. Another chapter in Unit 5 was devoted to DNA technology, highlighting the technological advances in the medical field and holding particular relevance to my course choice due to the large amount of laboratory work that is based on the use of highly technical equipment. English Literature A-Level, although not science-related, has enabled me to write concisely and coherently. It has also largely developed my ability to be analytical and to successfully debate varying opinions and ideas. Psychology not only complements my other subject choices by being both scientific and essay-based, but it has provided me with abundant knowledge of research methodology, a particularly beneficial skill in science related sectors.
Aside from my academic studies, last year I was a member of the Sixth Form Student Council, which involved organising charity events within the school as well as running the Leavers' Ball and Yearbook, tasks which demonstrate reliability and heightened my independence and organisational skills. My resilience was tested while completing the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition, as this was the section of the award that was the furthest from my comfort zone. Through completing it I have become more self-sufficient and developed my communication skills by working in a team, as well as proving that with determination and ambition, I can rise to formerly daunting challenges.
I am also an NHS Mealtime Volunteer, working largely with elderly patients, many of whom suffer from dementia. Although not directly linked to biomedical science, this has heightened my interest in conditions that affect the brain, whilst demonstrating my ability to balance additional responsibilities with A-Level work. Seeing the debilitating effects of such a disease has ultimately confirmed my wish to play an essential role in the processes that lead to the cure or treatment of disease.
Sample Biomedical Science Personal Statement
I have been keen on chemistry and biology throughout my time at secondary school. I have always been amazed by human anatomy and physiology. I am particularly interested in understanding methods for diagnosing, analysing and treating disease. Ihope to study biomedical sciences because I wish to pursue a degree which will enable me to explore the world of science in much greater depth and widen my understanding of the role of science in the modern world. I feel that a degree in biomedical sciences will broaden my perspectives and enable me to use my scientific skills in full. I enjoy reading widely on a range of scientific subjects, and look forward to the opportunity that a biomedical science degree will give me to pursue these interests further.
I also wish to study biomedical science because I believe it will give me a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills required for a career in health care. Part of my motivation to follow this career path is personal. I suffer from epilepsy. My experiences as a suffer have motivated me both to study biomedical science and to then work in the healthcare sector, as I would one day like to be able to make a contribution to combating this condition and thus prevent others from experiencing the problems and suffering that I underwent whilst growing up. I have seen the miracles and wonders that advances in medicine have achieved, but I am also aware that there are still many diseases out there that the scientific community does not fully understand.
As well as being in full time education, I have been working since the age of 16. I have had many part-time jobs, which have included warehouse stacking, shelving and various sales roles. Although working and studying simultaneously has at times been demanding, I believe that it has also given me a greater appreciation of the doors that a good education can offer, which in turn has strengthened my motivation to succeed at university. At the same time, my work experience has also helped develop my personal skills; through the jobs that I have done I have learnt how to work as part of a team, developed the ability to manage a heavy workload, and become adept at working under pressure.
Coming from another country has given me an opportunity to understand and experience different lifestyle and cultures. I can speak five different languages which include English, Pashto, Dari, Urdu and Arabic. Indeed, I regard overcoming the challenge of studying in a foreign language is one of my greatest personal achievements.
Outside of the classroom, I am a very active person. I am passionate about sports, and in particular football, cricket and tennis,all of which I have enjoyed playing at either school or club level. Whilst playing for Wayfarers Cricket Club I won the player of the year award, as well as winning the league trophy with my club team. Playing for the club has increased my confidence in working with others,and has also improved my leadership skills.
However, most of my time is devoted to my younger son. Becoming a father has changed me a lot; it has inspired me to fulfil my personal potential, and has also helped me to become a much more responsible and focused person with a well-defined sense of my priorities. As a parent I now have much more responsibility; consequently part of my motivation for earning a degree is to create a better future for my son. At the same time, I believe a career in the health sector, which a degree in biomedical sciences would help me pursue, would also help me to serve the community as a whole.
I strongly believe that university will offer me the opportunity to further my learning in a more challenging environment,and in the process help me to develop and in-depth understanding of biomedical science. I believe I have the determination, attitude and desire to be successful at university, before moving on to a career in the health sector.
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