Geology And Earth Science The Student Room Personal Statement

Geology Personal Statement 5

It only takes travelling around a small area to develop a curiosity about your surroundings; however, having visited Iceland, Morocco and Scotland amongst other areas of geological significance, I have developed more than a curiosity. Edinburgh's Arthur's Seat, Morocco's extensive Jebel Sahro plateau and the craggy Icelandic landscape have prompted a deep interest in the formation and upheaval that have led to today's landscapes.

Geology attracts me with its relevance to our planet from the history of its formation 4.5 billion years ago all the way through to the current day and into the future; from the Hadean era to the Holocene/Anthropocene epoch. The multidisciplinary makeup of the subject appeals to me by amalgamating the Sciences, Mathematics and the fieldwork and applied nature of Geography. For example, spending a week conducting research in the field for my AS exams I learnt various sampling techniques, methods of representing data and considering the advantages and disadvantages of equipment. This taught me the value of fieldwork and increased my ability to deal with such an approach. Furthermore, understanding the varying thickness of lavas was made easier by my comprehension of the chemistry behind it. These were two examples, for me, of how the multidisciplinary approach needed when studying Geology can be beneficial.

Outside the curriculum I have found particular interest in the breadth of Geology and how there are still advances to be made. For instance a chapter in David Rothery's "Geology: The Key Ideas" talked of Planetary Geology. This aspect will allow Geology to remain at the frontiers of Science for years, studying planets more developed and less developed than our own, giving indications of our planet's past along with its possible future. In addition to this I have a copy of Novak and Korbel's "Encyclopedia of Rocks and Minerals". Delving into this book repeatedly I have been increasingly interested in the development of the vast array of rocks.

In the last academic year I was a member of a six-strong team representing the Tunbridge Wells district at a Kent-wide competition, to present a case for a wind farm in the local area. This competition was sponsored by DONG, Denmark's leading energy company. Over two days we had to crunch data, construct a model turbine and eventually deliver a presentation proposing our farm. This experience showed me that I have an aptitude over a wide area, which is what Geology requires. I enjoyed particularly working with a small team of like-minded students.

I also attended a week-long course at Newcastle University on the topic of Environmental Science. I was particularly interested in a lecture by Dr. Peter Manning on carbon sequestration in which he discussed the natural carbon dioxide storage capacities for various ecosystems. This was my first experience of university-level teaching and its relevance and thought-provoking content deeply impressed me.

In the sporting world I have played for West Kent District Rugby, Sevenoaks RFC and the school's 2nd XV in Year Twelve. In addition to rugby, I have played cricket for Sevenoaks Vine 3rd XI and have generally kept fit by being involved in sport whether it be squash, swimming or running. Aside from sporting activities, I'm in the process of completing The Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and also have particular interest in analogue photography- shooting, developing and printing film. In doing this I have picked up on some of the photochemistry of the Silver Halide process. Understanding some of the chemistry and physics behind photography, whether digital or analogue, tests my ability to apply knowledge from a school curriculum to another field.

I believe that studying Geology will enable to me to find a career where I can use both the diverse skill base and depth of knowledge that I will further over the course- A career where I can be challenged to the extent that I build upon my studies and continue to learn.

 

Universities Applied to:

  • Bristol (Geology) - Offer (AAB) Insurance
  • Edinburgh (Geology) - Offer (AAA)
  • Oxford (Geology) - Post-interview Rejection
  • Imperial (Geology) - Offer (A*AA) Firm
  • UCL (Geology) - Offer (AAB)

 

Grades Achieved:

  • Physics (A2) - A
  • Chemistry (A2) - A
  • Maths (A2) - A*
  • Geography (AS) - B
  • Further Maths (AS) - B

Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018

Everyone wakes up in the morning hoping to achieve something in life. That ‘something’ is what keeps them going every day. For me, it is my strong desire to contribute to society. I believe the best way to do that is by helping them understand the earth’s mechanism and how to maximise its potential to not just complement our lives but to make it better. My fascination for earth and wanting to contribute to society are the reasons why I decided to study geology.
I discovered my love for earth science in the best way I can imagine. I became a member of my school's R&D team as a result of my desire to create and innovate. We did a research about a portable water container that can increase the concentration of dissolved oxygen in drinking water. Throughout the research, I was able to fully implement the knowledge that I have gained in class.
After the research, I was chosen by the Ministry of Education to represent my school and country for a knowledge exchange program to Melbourne. I have the opportunity to visit Phillip Island and witnessed the renowned Pyramid Rock. The dark-coloured, triangular-shaped rock can be seen from most of the beaches along the island’s southern coast. What fascinates me most about the rock is its colour. It has a pink colour base made of granite and a dark grey basalt pyramid. This led me to read Tas Walker’s Biblical Geology. I found out that the difference in colour is caused by unconformity and signifies a time gap between the granite being placed and the basalt lava flowing on top.
It was a once in a lifetime experience that helped me discover what I am passionate about. Since then, I started to subscribe to some geology websites such as sciencedaily.com and followed Iain Stewart on Twitter to keep myself updated all the time. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.
With branches ranging from prospecting valuable stones to the classification and taxonomy of fossils, the production and sustainability of energy sector has captured my attention the most. The roles geologists play in this sector for instance, locating energy sources by using techniques such as seismic surveys and then extracting it using their skills in rock mechanics and tunnelling to design an opencast, are vital for the development of a nation and it is parallel to what I hope to achieve in life.
Geology is a rich and diverse subject that, while primarily a scientific subject, has a great room for creative thought. For my A levels, I decided to choose subjects that consist a perfect mix of creativity and technicality. Chemistry has granted me the ability to identify the elements that are found in minerals and how they gave different properties to different minerals. Next, lessons in physics taught me to adopt a more logical approach when dealing with problems. Lab sessions provided me with a medium to train my practical skills such as collecting and interpreting data. Also, insights in differential equations and graphs that I have gained in maths and further maths have allowed me to utilise the statistics produced by geological firms, enabling me to view it in a different perspective.
Apart from studying, a chunk of my time is spent on the computer. I am the publicity director for my school’s computer club. Thanks to that role, I was able to channel my artistic ability and work with people from different backgrounds. Also, my involvement in the R&D program has taught me how to negotiate with people and how to accept criticisms positively. Realizing the value to be able to speak in many tongues led me to learn the Japanese language. I took the Japanese Proficiency Exam in my senior year and passed with a distinction.
With the knowledge that your university can provide, I am hoping that one day I will be a part of a geologist community that are constantly doing research on energy production and its sustainability.

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