To venture into the realm of science and medicine is to pursue a path of boundless discovery;I am in awe of how much humanity has been shaped by medical advances, paving the way for new cures and better anatomical understanding. Civilisation itself relies solely upon such advances, thus the urge to contribute to an ever-changing profession has long since ignited my interest in a biomedical science course.
Alongside the need to apply Biology based science to medical use, the opportunity to further study the complexity of the human body has provided the motivation to steer me towards a well regarded and compelling specialty such as this.
To grasp a practical understanding of what biomedicine entails, I volunteered to assist at the Wolverhampton Hospital for a week. Under the guidance of a Geriatrician, I observed ward rounds and often engaged elderly patients in conversation, which only fuelled my desire to partake in a role that strives to improve the healthcare of the wider community. Most of my time was spent touring the haematology department were I was introduced to fascinating clinical concepts such as haemodialysis.
Observing laboratory work was an ideal opportunity to gain a profound awareness of diagnosis and blood abnormalities like Sickle Cells Anaemia and Leukemia. Alongside the biomedical experience I also took part in exciting medical procedures, a few of which involved using a stethoscope to detect heart murmurs and respiratory problems.
Furthermore, I have also helped out at my local hospital and although this second work experience lacked the biomedical aspects I desired, working with paraplegic patients opened my eyes to the importance of medicine in general and reinforced my desire to aim for a future in biomedical science.
My dedication to the course and general love for science is reflected in my A' level subject choices, where innovative thinking and self motivated study skills are key. Biology and Chemistry provide an analytic aspect of learning, while Maths and Physics help develop the logical problem solving skills which are heavily required in any healthcare profession.
I also enjoy absorbing a wide variety of medical related opinions and often yearn for new ways to nurture my interest in this area. I am enthusiastic to develop my scientific knowledge; I find reading the works of Roger Watson help promote an already blossoming fascination with the human anatomy. At school I assist in the organisation of welcome club sessions for Year 7 students. Teaching Biology and Art to younger pupils has not only improved my interpersonal and leadership abilities, but helped me mature as a well rounded person who prides himself in inspiring others.
Moreover, I have been involved in school affairs as Year 10 and 11 Representative, speaking on behalf of my form group during School Council meetings. The determination I have displayed throughout my schooling career will prove vital at University were endurance is most desired.
Beyond the academic field I frequently partake in various sporting activities, Badminton and Tennis in particular. I have successfully represented my school at a competitive level during local events and competitions. As a member of the Gifted and Talented scheme for Art and Music I have always shown an undying interest and natural flair in the arts, and so regularly take the time to explore this creativity on canvas. I also take pleasure in playing guitar and though I am self-taught, I find it enjoyable and eminently productive.
Ultimately, I consider myself to be a well rounded, sociable individual driven by the aspiration to help improve people's lives by contributing to the advancement of healthcare. My own scientific ideology is based on the notion that society will always depend upon medical innovations to remedy all illness and bodily complications. Therefore, this is something I hugely anticipate and hope to achieve through a biomedical course at university.
Over the past two years I have acquired a blend of diverse scientific knowledge, analytical skills and time management. My Biology and Chemistry A-levels have given me an appreciation of how molecular structures create complex biochemical systems, which in turn can give rise to changes on the macro scale of tissues and organs on which medicine works. Psychology offers a
scientific understanding of mental phenomenon at an alternative level to molecular interactions while refining my essay writing and evaluating skills.
This has developed my ability to articulate scientific ideas clearly and concisely in extended prose. My current interests lye in the study of mammalian microbiology, disease and genetics and I am currently finding 'The Making of the Fittest' by Sean B. Carroll an enlightening read. I am particularly interested by the physiology of the eye and how photoreceptor pigments have evolved and differ between species due to selection pressures. In conclusion Biomedical Sciences will help me to transfer my scientific interests into a well regarded, fascinating speciality with practical
In addition to A-Levels, I have prepared for higher education through the Manchester Access Programme (MAP), to increase access to top universities for academically able students. For MAP I enjoyed writing an assignment on atherosclerosis aimed beyond A-Level standard, for which I gained a perfect score. My research taught me at an atomic level how redox signalling imposes inflammatory responses as well as encouraging phagocytosis of cholesterol in the tunica intima.
The resulting 'foam cells' die and cholesterol is deposited again. This gave me an insight into how biological repair can sometimes propagate further problems for the body; in this case atheromatous lesions are formed. My mentor for the MAP was studying for a PhD in Biology and discussions with him have given me an informed perspective of the demands of Degree level study while also an ambition to succeed at Degree level and beyond. The challenge of MAP inspired me to undertake the Perspectives on Science Extended Project; currently I am considering controversies in medical science, and enjoying debating the MMR vaccine including the influence of Dr Andrew Wakefield and particular media figures.
I shall soon begin the dissertation aspect of the course in which I shall ask what modern genetics can and cannot tell us about humans, which in part will evaluate the extent of the role genes actually play in predisposing humans to traits and behaviours.
Furthermore to help identify my ideal degree course I undertook several work placements. These included volunteering for a short time at Wigan & Leigh Hospital and shadowing my local GP. These two periods gave me insights into possible career opportunities allied to healthcare and pharmacy, as well as the role of disease in society.
That aside, I feel that I always respond well when surrounded by talented peers, so I believe Degree level study will help to increase my maturity and intellect, but also enabling me to raise the standard of others.
Alongside my academic dedication I have been able to enjoy many hobbies, allowing me to relax and spend time away from work. I play for both an eleven and six a-side football team and I believe team sport has helped me become more of a leader, able to give and receive constructive criticism. I am always active in my leisure and I feel this will help me to easily adapt to university
Ultimately, I believe I am well informed concerning the demands and opportunities of a Biomedical Sciences course. As a result I am confident that my interest, enjoyment and motivation throughout the course will remain high. I also feel I am suited to higher education due to my enthusiastic, competitive and proactive nature as well as my aptitude for science.