Electrical and Electronic Engineering – University College London Personal Statement

Observing almost everything presented to mankind in electrical and electronic form in my teenage years convinced me that I must be studying and working in the field of electrical and electronic engineering. I find engineering captivating because it is not based on assumptions like social science courses. Engineering depends on empirical studies and building hypotheses, testing and proving, before launching each project as an idea or product, which reinforces my desire to study engineering.Studying mechanics has played a major role in developing my scientific thinking which I will use during my engineering pathway. Experimenting in physics has improved my manual dexterity which is an important element of practical circuitry in electronics. In mathematics, learning new theories and being subjected to challenging questions has pushed me into finding quantifiable solutions to problems whilst at the same time improving my analytical thinking – a virtue which will be necessary while finding solutions to problems as an engineer. Being chosen for the Principal’s Award at my school for the last two years is an indication of my willingness in attaining academic success towards my life goals. Before starting university, I aim to use the integral maths platform offered by Mathematics in Education and Industry in order to learn further mathematics to help maximise my success at university. Aiming to go beyond the scope of my schoolwork reflects the stamina I possess in educating myself. After noticing that digital electronics is a core module at university, I enrolled on an online course offered by Georgia Institute of Technology in October to broaden my knowledge on the circuit laws, op-amps, diodes and transistors ahead of my degree. The two-week Global Summer School at the Imperial College enhanced my insight on the multi-disciplinary branches of engineering through interacting with academics by participating in laboratory activities. At one instance, using pinout diagrams and a proto board, I built a heart rate monitor at the electronics and computer science course at the University of Southampton. Through this experience, I learnt more about analogue circuitry. Moreover, coding in Java Script on this course has deepened my knowledge in programming and ability to write software. Whilst shadowing a team of engineers during my placement at the state owned power plant as they dealt with the failure of a generator, I witnessed the importance of the role to our society. What is more, the chaotic state the engineers were in during organising labour whilst racing against time to fix the failure highlighted the need to understand the complex operating system, the like of which is not found in textbooks. Last summer, I took the initiative to carry out an internship at Turkcell, the eminent mobile operator of Cyprus. During the week, I took part in upgrading the cell towers to third generation mobile telecommunication which was done in collaboration with Huawei. Thus, my work experience has developed my team work and communication skills which would be highly transferable skills during team projects at university. Acquiring public speaking skills in international Model United Nations conferences abroad allowed me to support my arguments through rigorous debates and develop my ability to present effectively in the projects I have been involved in. One of which was the entrepreneurship camp organised by Junior Achievement Cyprus where I won first place for my business proposal. My aspiration for the future is to set up my own business to fulfil my desire of creating a range of innovations that can benefit society. As an ambitious and hardworking individual, studying this course will allow me to pursue my goal and contribute to the advancements in engineering. I believe that my past experiences have prepared me well for university. Thus, I am ready for a challenging engineering degree at the highest competitive level in the UK.