From an early age I was interested in the science subjects and Mathematics. This was reflected in my academic achievements as I excelled in all three science subjects, Maths, and Design Technology.
I chose to study Chemistry, Biology, and Physics at GCSE and then took Chemistry and Physics on to A Level along with Maths and Further Maths. Having the opportunity to study these subjects confirmed my interest in the challenges of applying scientific theories to real life problems.
One area of Chemical Engineering that I am particularly interested in is nuclear power and the issues that arise with this technology, for example how to dispose of nuclear waste safely.
As well as achieving the required academic qualifications I have always tried to gain as much practical experience as I can. One opportunity that I had to improve my practical skills was during the week long REACT Engineering seminar held in July.
Working in a team we were able to apply our knowledge to a real life situation by completing an exercise based on a standard decommissioning project. This experience helped me to improve my understanding and skills in areas such as team work, time management, visual and oral presentation, and report writing.
Over the summer I hope to further these skills by taking part in e-learning courses run by IChemE that will develop my presentation skills and understanding of project management techniques.
Outside of my academic life I am a keen sportsperson as a regular runner and swimmer. Currently I am working towards my first half marathon and I hope to complete the London Marathon within the next two years.
I am also undertaking the work needed to achieve my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. I am thoroughly enjoying both the expedition aspect of the scheme and the volunteering opportunities.
I look forward to the new challenges that a degree in Chemical Engineering will bring and the broad range of career paths I will have open to me after graduation. The chance to contribute to society is a particularly appealing aspect of the course.