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Personal Statement

Personal Statement

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Personal StatementThe ever-evolving environment and all those who reside in it have always intrigued me. As far as Ican remember, I have had a genuine interest on all living things, non-living things, animals, plants andtheir effects on the Earth. From the elaborate food chains of a habitat to the nitrogenous cycle, allhave inspired belief in me that there are still many discoveries kept secret by nature and I want toinvolve myself in these new discoveries. As I have been excelling in Biology and Chemistry morethan I have in Physics, I have chosen to pursue Biological Sciences at degree level.Attending Biology and Chemistry lectures have been vital in teaching me the importance of taking asubject seriously, both in theory and in practice. I had the opportunity to develop my analytical andlinguistic abilities through class discussions as well as assignments given by the lecturer. Work in thelaboratory has opened my eyes to the many procedures and experiments done in the name of  biotechnology. One experiment that intrigued me was gel electrophoresis, where different segments of DNA could be categorised according to its size and its charge. This experiment piqued my curiositygreatly and motivated me to persevere through my studies even more. This perseverance has led me toobtaining a few academic awards which include two Merit Awards during my Foundation Year aswell as being included in the Dean¶s List at the end of my last term.In the effort of extending my knowledge on all things science, I have read journal articles onlinethrough websites such as Nature and New Scientist. These websites have given me a little insight onthe current issues in Biology as well as efforts in solving problems currently faced by today¶sscientists. What interested me recently was the innovative use of a dome to contain a large volume of oil in the effort of detoxifying the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I have also enjoyed watchingtelevision shows like Mythbusters, where a group of scientists use the scientific method in dispellingor confirming myths such as how far do nasal secretions spread, building a crossbow out of newspaper and many others.Outside my studies, I have participated in non-academic activities. These include an inter-schoolfootball competition, where my team and I won 1
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 prize and was awarded the gold medal. I was also amember of the winning House Marching team during secondary school. Besides that, I took part inthe National Service programme for three months held by the Malaysian government. These activitieshave instilled in me a competitive, self-confident and enthusiastic nature. I also enjoy reading novels ±  particularly anything written by Oscar Wilde. I consider him an intellectual ahead of his time and hisideas and thoughts in his books still resonate in my mind.I have had one working experience, with MPH Bookstore, as a customer service representative. I haveacquired many life lessons while on the job. For example, skills in handling customers¶ demands, theresponsibility of doing a job properly and the importance of communication and teamwork amongstcolleagues. Also, it has granted me the ability to be professional and courteous towards bothcustomers and colleagues. I believe these abilities will be useful for my degree course.University of Hertfordshire has been on my university radar since I joined INTI InternationalUniversity in August 2008. Counsellors, lecturers and students alike have had nothing butcompliments for University of Hertfordshire. After a little research, I have found the complimentsgiven were with merit. The recent Good University Guide standings have shown a remarkable climbup the table by University of Hertfordshire, in terms of graduate prospects, teaching quality as well asstudent satisfaction. I believe the university¶s ambition to rise above others is amendable and I hope to join the degree course and realise my potential to its fullest.

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