Geology Personal Statement

My interest in Geology was first sparked by a geography excursion to Middle Skane, where I was fascinated by the impact the ice ages had played on the landscape of the Romelehorst and surrounding eskers. An intense conversation with an experienced petroleum engineer about the uncertain future of our planet due to the destructive lifestyles of the human race later confirmed that I want to dedicate my life to Geosciences. I believe it is fundamentally important to tackle global warming and work towards becoming a more sustainable species. I have always possessed a natural affinity for science and have been intellectually challenged by inspirational PhD level teachers. I graduated from Pauli School with honours for outstanding grades and received a scholarship for my final project, a Biology investigation into the role of yoghurt bacteria on our digestive system. My excellent results meant that I was selected to represent my school in the Berzelius-event at Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). There, numerous university Professors held seminars about issues at the forefront of Physical Chemistry and Bioengineering, such as biomimetic ways of artificial photosynthesis. I love combining my skills and knowledge different subjects. My studies of the structure and behaviour of different materials in Physics helps my understanding of how different species adapt to their environment in Biology. My Maths skills, namely my ability to formulate complex calculations, complement these other disciplines and will help me succeed at bachelor level and beyond. My love of science at school inspired me to move abroad and study courses in Health, Disease and the Theory of Science at Syddansk University.

I enjoy satisfying my curiosity about scientific phenomenon in these areas and the ways they interlink in Geology by reading journals such as ‘National Geographic’ and ‘Scientific American’. Last year the latter published their research on possible Antarctic drilling, a controversial area which I found fascinating. I believe we should utilize all possible natural resources wisely, not taking into account empty, uninvestigated warning signals. Although most scientists agree about the potential harm these drillings could cause, further inquiries will inevitably take place as society’s reluctance to deal with global warming may necessitate it. I want to be a part of this research, working with engineers to develop more environmental ways to extract petrol from the earth with minimal damage to our ecosystems, ultimately avoiding disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Following school, I spent a year serving in the Swedish Air Force as a platoon-leader, later becoming a Sergeant. This greatly enhanced my teamwork and leadership skills, taught me discipline and enabled me to cope with high-pressure situations. I have developed excellent communication skills through volunteer work at Odense Hospital, where I provided basic patient care in co-operation with medical staff. This deepened my understanding in the crucial link between science and healthcare, confirming my desire to pursue a scientific career. My English language skills improved by reading various works from English literature and working part-time at Next and Tie-Rack. The latter involved numerous meetings with Sales Executives and interaction with a diverse range of customers. I also speak native Swedish and Arabic, intermediate Danish and basic Spanish, which will enable me to take advantage of the global opportunities in the field of Geoscience and Engineering.

When not studying I spend time at the fitness centre, swimming, cardio training or playing handball. I am committed to my diet and workout schedule and apply the same attitude to my studies. I have a very positive outlook on life and value education and experience. I believe I have the necessary skills and experience to succeed in a Geology and Engineering career, and look forward to embarking on the next stage of it.