Applied in: Winter 2013
University Offers: King's College, Queen Mary, Roehampton, Westminster
Science plays a major role in shaping our society, and advances in the Biomedical sciences help to improve people's lives everyday. I wish to work towards improving people's lives too, and this underpins my motivation to study for a degree in Biomedical Science.
At school, my enjoyment of biology, physics and chemistry has encouraged my interest in the study of the human body and the mechanisms that help it work. For a supervised coursework, I chose the topic of myoelectric prosthesis and I found it really interesting to carry out research on an unknown subject. We looked at the products of the Otto Bock Company and learned the functioning of this new technology regarding the human body. I have also enjoyed running experiments in our school lab where I learned to manage my time and how to use the laboratory equipment such as burets or Bunsen burners. I also enjoy the challenge of having to find a way, with what you have, to answer a problem. On the other hand, my home environment, including my grandfather who is a surgeon, my mother who is a nutritionist, has helped me to see how science can translate into the work of health professionals.
To gain further insight into the field of medicine, I have organised internships at the Northern Medical Centre in the GP section, where I got a view of the organisation of a medical centre, and at the Royal London Hospital's department of pathology in Whitechapel, where I got a taste of the work in the laboratory and also watched an autopsy of a foetus and saw the progress of the doctor trying to find the cause of the death. Seeing this for the first time, has made me feel uncomfortable at first but my curiosity and my wish to discover more about the human body made it fascinating. Growing up with my paraplegic aunt has reinforced my desire to help caring for people, to understand their needs, and the importance of being compassionate. In my spare time, I have volunteered two weeks in the Foyer Jean Barrais in France, which is a shelter for disabled people having disabilities from autistic to Down syndrome; I did activities with them such as walks on the beach, visits of animal farms. I believe this has reinforced my wish to work in a medical environment. I also volunteer every summer as a beach club assistant manager, taking care of kids from 3 to 12 years old. As a keen sportsman, I have started developing teamwork and leadership skills, which I believe will be important to me as a biomedical student and future professional. Playing volleyball and basketball at a good level, and in particular, being a team captain, coaching younger players every week, and acting as an assistant coach for my group age, I have enjoyed nourishing ambitions for my team and developed a sense of responsibility for everyone's welfare and the team's success.
In conclusion, studying biomedical science will help me to deepen my knowledge of the human body, its anatomy, genetics and physiology; and provide me with the skills necessary to work in a medical research environment. Having grown up in different parts of the world, including Asia, South America and Canada, and now living in London, I feel particularly in tune with the capital's extraordinary social and cultural diversity, and therefore regard it as my first choice for a place to study in the UK.