This personal statement was part of this student’s successful application to Imperial College London, UCL, King’s College London, University of Glasgow and University of Dundee for Biomedical Engineering.
Helping in any way that I can afford fuels me as a person on a day to day basis, thus pursuing knowledge in a field that involves a hybrid of engineering principles and biology intrigues me as a deep understanding in it would enable me to help improve lives on a large scale. I became drawn to biology ever since I learned about it in school, and after further reading and studying, I have decided that I want to work in the medical field one day so that I can continue learning and make a difference in people’s lives. Together with my keen interest in solving problems, biomedical engineering became the clear choice of career path.
My interest in engineering has been amplified ever since I started watching documentaries such as “Engineering an Empire” and “Mythbusters”. The way machines can be engineered to carry out specific tasks efficiently fascinate me. I enjoy applying physical and mathematical knowledge to make my daily life easier. As a scout in secondary school, I would always figure out ways to build structures out of wood and string to make gadgets to be used in camp. Pioneering sessions were my favourite, as I was allowed to express my creativity in design and engineering.
I took A level Biology, by doing that I have gained appreciation of how individual components in the body work together harmoniously to form multiple systems that help our bodies function, and how the dysfunction of any component could disrupt the systems. I want to create new innovations that could solve problems that still remain mystery. I also aspire to make them more accessible to the general public because as of now majority of medical equipment such as artificial limbs and artificial hearts are priced quite greatly, thus many people are unable to afford them.
I believe everyone should be given a chance to live as if they did not have disabilities. In secondary school I organised a trip for a group of students to visit a mentally disabled children’s home. Seeing how the children were abandoned at this home due to their unavoidable disabilities changed my perspective, no one should be treated as less than due to disability, and I wish for the children to be able to live their lives with more ease. I believe that my pursuit in biomedical engineering may provide a solution to make at least one child’s life in that home more wholesome.
I constantly hear people say that males are ‘smarter’ especially when it comes to STEM subjects. I do not wish for women to feel intimidated in entering a male dominated field. I want everyone to be able to express their passion and pursue them without feeling judged or oppressed. I grew up in an environment where people discourage females in pursuing higher education, where only men are expected to provide for the family financially. As a female, I want to contribute to breaking such stigmas, I want to prove that anyone can pursue their dreams despite gender, race, or disability.
In secondary school, I was the vice captain of my school’s sports house, the secretary of the track and field society, troop leader in scouts, and president of the Interact Club. In college I was the deputy secretary on the student council. I believe that the team work skills and leadership skills I learned through these experiences will make me a suitable student for university.
I would like to study in the UK due to its impressive international reputation in producing well rounded students. Also, very few institutions in Malaysia offer my desired course, which is why I have decided to study abroad instead of locally.
I believe that I have the drive, passion and academic ability to succeed in this programme. I want to explore this vast field and discover what is best suited for me, I want to make a change in this world, and I intend to do so being equipped with the skills of a biomedical engineer.
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