This Personal Statement was part of this student’s sucessful application to study Engineering Science at University of Oxford, Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London, University College London, University of Manchester and University of Edinburgh
Semi-autonomous wheelchair, a smart breakthrough by the innovative engineers, benefits people who suffer from severe and multiple handicaps. With my boundless enthusiasm towards Mathematics and Physics, I intend to pursue Mechanical Engineering as it has a direct relationship with the real life applications from the typical automobile industry to the production of renewable energy like windmill system. Undoubtedly, most of the industries involve the usage of numerous mechanical machines and devices, it is certain that Mechanical Engineering will continue to be a pioneer of the technologies applied in it.
Among all of the Physics topics that I have learnt, Electromagnetism is definitely one of my favourite topics. This particular topic has broadened my knowledge on how electrical energy is converted into mechanical energy in an electric motor which gives mankind the ease in transportation and construction, just to name a few. Having an inquisitive nature, I had read the book “Industrial Motor Control” by Stephen Herman. This book gave me a better understanding how motors are designed for different industry purposes. One of the interesting aspects that attracted me the most is that DC motors are usually used in applications where speed control is crucial. For instance, the loads carried by cranes must be started slowly and accelerated quickly. Moreover, I also refer to other sources to quench my raging thirst towards Physics knowledge such as signing up Physics-related courses from the Internet.
In secondary school, I had participated in a Solar Car Designing Competition with my schoolmate. Through this competition, I realized the importance of teamwork and time management as we had to invent a solar car within a severe constraint of time. Hands-on skills are of utmost importance and this is where I apply my theoretical knowledge about Mathematics and Physics on practical works. Namely, aerodynamics designs to reduce air resistance acting on the car and the function of a “spoiler” to stabilize a fast-moving car. This had made me even more devoted to this competition as it linked closely to my desired course.
Needless to say, to excel in Mechanical Engineering entails a strong foundation in Mathematics. Apart from having Mathematics and Further Mathematics as my subjects in A-Level, I often take part in Mathematics quizzes such as Australian Mathematics Competition and Euclid Mathematics Contest. These quizzes are not only challenging but also require critical thinking and enterprising attitude in solving the problems.
I had volunteered to join the mentor-mentee programme in my secondary school as well because I enjoyed sharing knowledge with others. It is not only about teaching but at the same time, strengthening my knowledge. In addition, I was the President of Environmental Club. By organizing various activities such as 3R Campaign helps to boost up my leadership skill. Realising that the energy crisis is the main global issue nowadays, I emphasize on recycling as it is energy efficient on a large scale basis. For example, the production of a brand new aluminium can requires the same amount of energy as the remanufacturing of twenty cans from the recycled. On the other hand, having the work experience as a salesperson in Genting Highlands and a branded shoe outlet, I have learnt the techniques in promoting the products to the customers in the shortest time possible, where this requires intense communication skill.
In conclusion, pursuing Mechanical Engineering is one thing that I relish and I would like to contribute towards the efforts in leading mankind to a new era of independent mobility, renewable energy and a more conducive lifestyle.
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