This Engineering Personal Statement got him into Mechanical Engineering in Imperial College London, University of Bath, Bristol University as well as Mechanical Engineering with Business Finance in University College London – all top-notch engineering schools in the United Kingdom.
My parents used to call me ‘Little MacGyver’ as I share his creativity and problem solving skills. I have always been a useful helper at home, fixing jammed door locks, clogged pipes and faulty electrical appliances. At the age of six, my favorite pastime was to construct cranes and tankers from Lego game sets, often following my own design rather than the standard manual. I also explored how things work, from how wheel-and-axle, rope-and-pulley could create rotary and linear motions to how battery powered toy car could move on its own.
My childhood fascination of science and technology has further developed into a natural talent in solving complex tasks requiring technical capabilities, such as designing water rockets with the longest airtime in a district-level competition and programming a robot car with the best obstacle-crossing time record in the Malaysian Robot Games. Through these hands-on experiences, I truly appreciate how physics and mathematical principles are at the core of everyday applications, hence fostering my interests in pursuing a degree in Engineering.
I strongly believe that green engineering is the answer to the world’s problems such as global warming, depletion of natural resources and emergence of electronic waste. The world looks to engineers for eco-friendly innovations and designs. While these initiatives are already underway, marrying commercial viability with technological advances is the real key in bringing engineering solutions into the future, just like how Ratan Tata brought Tata Nano, the world cheapest car for the masses in India. I hope to be part of the drive to commercialise and promote green engineering for a better future.
I was also heavily involved in extra-curricular activities, serving as the Assistant Head Prefect, Leo Club President and Scout Troup Leader in school. Being a leader is not about telling others what to do, but it is about knowing how to leverage on the team’s individual strengths to achieve a greater outcome. Putting that belief into practice, my team raised MYR25,000 (~GBP5,000) for the school building fund by collecting 48 tonnes of old newspaper for a recycling project. I also tripled Leo Club’s proceeds from charity sales by employing better marketing strategies and inventory management. From these projects, I learnt to see things through an innovative lens and to challenge the status quo for a better outcome.
My college mate and I started an e-commerce website (wangwang.com.my), providing an online platform for sale and purchase transactions. Leveraging the strength of our online vendors’ network,we have successfully pitched to develop a smartphone application for our college to provide real time e-notifications to students, eliminating paper notice-boards and the hassle of logging into the online portal. The effort represents our contribution to our college in improving its information delivery system and to encourage participation from like-minded students in exploring new ideas.
As for my hobbies, I enjoy outdoor activities and adventures. I scaled the 4,095m peak of Mount Kinabalu, backpacked with siblings around Taiwan and New Zealand, and participated in the 3-month National Service programme which equipped me with basic military training and survival skills.I also serve in my church’s music ministry, as a pianist,a bassist and a choir member.
Encouraged by my teacher, I applied for the prestigious Maybank Scholarship programme that fully funds the university education for young Malaysians. After a series of stringent assessments and interviews, I am glad to be selected as one of the 22 award recipients,earning me the opportunity to further study in the UK, which would have otherwise not been possible given financial considerations.
I believe a degree in mechanical engineering combined with my entrepreneurial mindset will equip me to be the innovator of tomorrow. I look forward to the exciting four years of campus life and the opportunity to contribute to the university in return.
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