Understanding how the human body works, why plants grow and what causes disease are all endlessly fascinating to me. I remember being bowled over by finding out about the structure of a cell and my studies at A level in biology and chemistry have heightened my interest even further. I know that a degree in Biomedical Sciences is what I want to do next as it will allow me to delve even deeper into the inner workings of the cell.
Looking ahead, my ambition is to be able to work in research. My practical skills are good and I have enjoyed the more involved practical work that I have had the chance to do at college. My teachers were very supportive and encouraged us to try out variations beyond our course requirements in a lunch time club. Obtaining a degree in biological sciences would firstly fulfil my need to find out more at an advanced level but I think it would also be a solid foundation for the career that I want to follow.
I have a meticulous approach to my work when it is required and planning, recording observations, writing up my results and drawing conclusions is as important to my biology and chemistry work as it is to my personal interest in cooking and baking. For my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, I chose to spend time helping out in the kitchen of a local care home and enjoyed making traditional recipes and talking with the older people there about the food they used to eat when they were children.
For the skill element of the Gold Award I expanded on my projects with the care home to produce a baking blog, which has taught me how to find my way around WordPress and has helped me to improve my writing and presentation skills. This features recipes from the people I met, some photographs of my baking efforts and some of the stories they told me. I am continuing to add to it and have now created a Facebook fan page for it and have nearly 300 likes. In contrast, I found the sports aspect of the Award quite hard – I had to commit to going swimming twice a week for a year but this has really increased my self discipline and I am glad I stuck with it.
I have chosen to apply to your university because the biomedical science course you offer provides a thorough grounding in the subject and also has the opportunity to study some of the basics of cellular and molecular biology. I feel that this is where my research interests will lie and I want to be able to find out more about the theory and practical aspects of these sub-topics.
Your institution is highly regarded for the biological sciences and I spent time going to open days and asking current students about their experiences. All were very positive and I was impressed that the tutors encourage students to discuss the research going on in the department. Being this close to the latest discoveries in biology would really inspire me.