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Sociology Personal Statement

I have chosen to study Sociology at university as I hope the subject will give me an insight into the inner workings of society. After my degree, I hope to go on to a PGCE course as my aspirations are to become a teacher. I have had the opportunity to study Sociology at both GCSE and A level and have developed a keen interest in the historical aspect of sociology although I still enjoy the subject on a wider spectrum. Some topics that interest me the most are “Globalisation”, “Religion” and “Race and Ethnicity”.

I became curious about the history of sociology, its developments, its key moments and the men and women that have affected the advancement of the subject the most. I was keen to know who the inspiration was for those who inspire me, how the subject was formed and how research became such a large part of the subject itself. I wanted to know what events have caused the biggest changes in my society and how societies all over the world can hold such different norms and values even in such a modern age. I still want to be given access to information that could help me find the answers to my questions and so I hope to go to university and study the subject in more detail.

My other subjects include Applied ICT and Communication and Culture A-level as I thought it would benefit me more to have experience with essay writing and understanding Society. I have found that parts of the Communication and Culture course have links to sociology and this has helped me to further my understanding of both subjects. Although my academic achievement is a major part of my life, I appreciate the importance of socialising and having time to myself. In my spare time I love reading and have read some of the classics such as Little Women and Wuthering Heights. I do prefer Dark Romance or Fantasy and have a vast collection that I have built on over the past 4 years.

In 2007 I took part in a community play highlighting the possible effects of anti-social behaviour. The play was shown to primary schools around my local area. When I volunteered to take part in this project my aim was to have a more active role in my community. Whilst I was doing this I found out a lot about the ABCD Wardens in my area and the work that they did to discourage anti-social behaviour and keep youths off the streets. Many of these people inspired me and I came to respect them as well as thoroughly enjoying my experience whilst working with them. This further developed my interest about the differing values of those in society and factors which affect others.

During the summer I volunteered for a charity called Sense and I found that working with other volunteers gave me a better understanding and appreciation of every opportunity I have. Charity work has become an important issue with me and I look forward to continuing helping those less fortunate than myself.

University will provide me with an opportunity not only for extending my educational knowledge into the subject area but also pursuing my personal interests into societies which the university offers. I would be interested in joining activities such as swimming and I also would be keen to have a voice on the Student Union.

I am looking forward to moving on to Higher Education in order to take the next step along my learning path and I believe that University will provide me with many more opportunities for my own development as both an Undergraduate and also as a person.

 

Universities Applied to:

  • University of Birmingham - Offer/Rejection (ABBFirm
  • Keele University - Offer/Rejection (BBCInsurance
  • Aston University - Offer/Rejection (BBB) Declined
  • Coventry University - Offer/Rejection (BCC) Declined
  • University of Greenwich - Offer/Rejection (CCD) Declined

 

Grades Achieved:

  • Sociology AS - B
  • ICT AS - C
  • Accounts AS - D
  • Maths AS - E
  • Communication and Culture A2 - A*
  • Sociology A2 - A
  • ICT A2 - B

 

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Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018

Psychology and Sociology Personal Statement

There is no love anymore. No acknowledgement of the person next to you on the train. No smiles. No discussions. Nothing. Shockingly in fact, it’s plain to realise that humans are scared of each other, but why? Despite this, I persist in conjuring one ultimate conclusion: we are all equal.

There underlies an ongoing inequality between gender, class and ethnic minorities. This aspect is one among many that induces me with an ongoing thrill to further engage with sociology at a challenging new level. Studying this has challenged my envisagement of the world due to a range of key influential doctrines. For instance, Marx’s idea of the subordinate class being ripped of moralities in order to be ‘tailored’, has overpowered my mind into a much greater depth - inspiring me to further my knowledge in reading ‘Capitalism and The Social Theory’ by Anthony Giddens.

Learning the idea of a fragmental gendered social structure drew me closer to reading feminist books such as, ‘For the Record’ by Dale Spender. My passion to liberate minds derives from some of the most influential theorists of today, one of them being Noam Chomsky, which has been supported further in my independent study of social stratification.

I consider my cup half full not half empty, my inquisitiveness regarding all aspects of life has expanded my eagerness to constantly thrive for new psychological intellects, a field which I am hugely passionate about. For instance; feral children, which made me pick up ‘Savage Girls and Wild Boys’ by Micheal Newton. Experiencing a life of interaction with parents whom suffer from various psychopathological disorders, such as maniac depression, has not only strengthened me as an individual, but also is the bases of my inspiration to step deeper in the field of psychology and consequently benefit, reach out and give a better understanding to those who carry misconceptions about these absurd, yet sensitive and emotional behaviours: an incentive for reading ‘The Tortured Mind: The Many Faces of Maniac Depression’ written by Daniel E. Harmon.

The study of Sigmund Freud in particular, has made me independently analyse certain institutions such as the media, and how they cleverly use certain traits to reach out to the unconscious mind. Both subjects successfully intertwine with each other, producing me with a completely new perception of the world. I no longer look at subgroups as being just a divided sector anymore, but instead, I try to seek the answer as to why they chose to be within this particular subculture, and what exactly sparked the arousal of their social conformance.

The Army Cadets has enabled me with a strong headed attitude needed to succeed in the education system. Enrolling into a psychology course deepened my understanding of the subject I incredibly love! I also play a significant role in contributing to the school and wider community, which is acknowledged by several certificates such as ‘teaching their peers how to prevent domestic violence’ in a drama performance, which has increased my knowledge, confidence and team building skills.

I also contribute in school assemblies and the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, where I work in the youth council for my borough, student leadership team at school, ‘buddying’ a year 7 who has attributes to those of a selective mute, helping the year 7’s read in the library and working as a youth mark assessor, all reflecting my dedicated, punctual and hardworking personality.

I intend to break my way through this so-called ‘self imposed barrier’, consist of the minority and prove the following: working class students can excel too. Perseverance, I strongly believe is the crucial key in opening the door of success and helping the lives of many. It is these qualities that enable me to be an undergraduate that will not fail to disappoint, a fact patiently waiting for your recognition.

 

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A lot of unnecessary pompous language, I feel, although there's a lot of good content in this statement the language does make it feel false and padded out.


Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018

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