Sample Biology Personal Statement
With a scientific education background, personal qualities and a high personal interest in biological and biomedical sciences, I believe I am a strong candidate to continue studies in this field of study. I have a passion for the study of organisms. By understanding the biological roots and causes of issues within contemporary society, I intend to make a valuable contribution to future research and developments within the field of bioscience.
I am currently completing the first year in Biological Sciences, which has given me a firm grounding in many aspects of biosciences core areas, from biochemical and molecular biology to environmental and behavioural biology. I enjoy these areas of study and am on course to pass all modules.
My fascination with organisms and science started at a young age, which I have developed and nurtured into an ideal career path. I have developed theory, knowledge and laboratory experience in cell biology, genetics, evolution, diversity, form and function of microorganisms, protists, fungi, plants and animals; ecology and behaviour. I understand the subsequent years will develop my knowledge, research skills and lab techniques in biological diversity, genetics, physiology of organ systems, pathology and more.
Alongside my core studies, I read considerable texts on biosciences; Scientific American and The Biologist are journals which I keep regularly updated with. I independently attend science conferences which expose me to other likeminded peers, their findings, views and opinions on the relevant subject matter. I am also an Associate Member of the Society of Biology. I believe this extracurricular knowledge broadens my scientific judgements, providing me with alternative, innovative and intelligent views in the field.
I am a highly motivated individual pursuing advancement in the field of biosciences.
Being part of a drama group reflects my enjoyment of working with others in a team, personal expression and interpersonal skills, such as listening, providing feedback and diplomacy. As a lead Irish Dancer, I was responsible for ensuring group technique was synchronised and perfected. These skills are transferable in an academic environment, where I am involved in group projects, communicating with others and independent research skills.
As a highly personable and caring person interested in the workings of nature, I have also gained qualifications in St John’s Ambulance First Aid, Basic Nursing and Radio Communications. These invaluable skills have enhanced my confidence and ability, especially in work and volunteer environments.
Undertaking work at John Lewis, I was responsible for serving customers. Here I developed my interpersonal and organisational skills with a variety of demanding customers. These skills are useful for working with peers in an environment focused on understanding and progress of science.
I undertook a voluntary position in a deprived area of Pakistan in 2009, where I helped distribute food, clothes and blankets, and provided counselling to those in dire need of comfort and support. During this time, severe flooding took place, where I extended my voluntary services. This experience has given me insight into their needs and how science can improve their lives. Here I learned a great deal about myself and how further education, research and developments can contribute to the world in a more global scale.
I am ready to expand upon my knowledge and experiences with likeminded peers, in the field of biosciences. I look forward to learning from renowned professors, learning in a high-quality laboratory and adding to the academic body of research and developments. I hope to be a part of the world where I can make significant differences to people throughout the world from the bioscience community. This course will provide the platform for greater career opportunities to achieve this ambition.
I look forward to hearing from you soon, to discuss my application further.
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Here you can read an example of the personal statement (motivation letter), written by a student applying for the Biology programme at Cornell University.
The famous Greek mathematician Archimedes once said, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” The basic principle of lever is that as the length of a lever increases, the effort needed to be exerted to accomplish a task decreases. This fundamental law can also apply to life. Life’s levers are experiences and opportunities that combine to motivate the individual to succeed. However, a lever is useless when forced upon an incorrectly placed fulcrum. Fulfilling oneself with passion and values is to build and place a strong and stable fulcrum. Without a passion for success, these opportunities and experiences become obsolete. Few find the correct balance between these variables and thus fail to reach their full potential. I, however, plan to be someone who finds that balance.
In an effort to build a successful lever for myself, I have searched for these experiences and opportunities all my life. I have always had a passion for learning and a natural drive to succeed. At the beginning of my sophomore year in high school, I began to volunteer at a local, family owned zoo. This idea came from an innate passion for animals and an on-going interest in science. At first, it was simply to complete a community service graduation requirement, but soon thereafter, I realized it was so much more. Work there was not like what most zoo volunteers experience. When other volunteers were following zookeepers and watching animals through cages at larger commercial zoos, I was spending nights “monkeysitting” my supervisor’s new born Japanese snow macaque. However, calling it work solely alludes to labour. It was more of a life-altering, unique opportunity and provided me with the experience that clenched my decision to major in animal science.
Along with my passion for animals, I am also always looking for ways to challenge myself intellectually. I am an active member of my school’s Envirothon and Math teams and a Science Olympiad competitor. After high school, it has always been a goal of mine to attend an academically competitive university. A few years of researching brought me to Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). After attending the CALS open house and information lecture on the animal science department, I knew I was the perfect fit. One of the reoccurring themes of my conversations with students and professors alike was CALS dedication to shaping students into leaders.
With the experience I have gained in working at the zoo, I see myself emerging as a natural leader. Leaders are those few who do manage to balance the use of their “lever and fulcrum”. In high school, I also have worked my way to positions such as: NHS President, Steel Drums Ensemble President, and Student Representative to the School Board. Leadership roles like these are not something I plan to make the past after high school. In a school like CALS that has so many extracurricular activities to get involved in, I am sure obtaining positions similar to the ones I hold now would not be difficult. One of the clubs that I have seriously explored is the Pre-Vet Society. Veterinary School is something that I plan to pursue after college and hope to get involved in at the undergraduate level.
The building of a successful lever has only just begun for me. There is still so much that I have not seen or done. Life is full of opportunities that can lead to great experiences, one of my greatest being volunteering at the Woodland Zoo. With all of the opportunities CALS has to offer, if given the chance to attend, I am certain that I would utilize every one; becoming not only an active member of the university, but a leader of tomorrow.
Source: Gen and Kelly Tanabe “50 Successful Ivy League Application Essays”
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