My Personal Statement

What I can only describe - at the risk of sounding dramatic - as a vocation to study Medicine, stemmed from my early desire to impact positively on the lives of others whilst satisfying my love of the sciences. Having never doubted my aim, I have ploughed my energies into preparation for this.

Throughout my studies, I have been inspired by all my subjects, including biochemistry and enzyme inhibition relating to medicinal drugs. 'Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug' proved intriguing and 'The Trouble With Medicine' has stimulated my curiosity for medical controversies. Further Mathematics has been intellectually stretching and I have enjoyed its challenges. Regional victory of the Science Race 2005, culminating in an awards ceremony in the Natural History Museum, constituted a proud moment both for me and the school, as did captaining the Chemical Olympiad team. I enjoy both the study and competitive element of such events. Recently, I received commendation for an essay written for the RSC Bill Bryson Prize which considered the conservation of species, and its impact upon medical research. I regard communication skills as vital in a medical career.

I currently volunteer at a nursing 
home, caring for the elderly, many with impaired mental capacity. While this can be emotionally and physically draining, it is deeply gratifying and has taught me invaluable practical skills in patient care. Hospital experience with a pain control specialist has taught me about the reduction of acute pain by the synergistic effect drugs have on a system. The insights into pain control motivated me into further research that I look forward to continuing at Medical School. I have also participated in a Medlife Day.

During the summer, I provided around-the-clock care to disabled pilgrims travelling to 
Lourdes, the money for which I raised myself through a range of activities. For nine days, I provided whole care to a pensioner whose arthritis, diabetes and cerebral palsy put me under pressure to ensure that he was comfortable, content and safe. The experience taught me to let go of my own needs and to become the eyes, feet and hands of another human being. I resolved always to remember, throughout my medical studies and future career, the day-to-day implications of such medical conditions as suffered by the gentleman for whose care I was responsible for 24 hours a day.

My interests have equipped me with a range of transferable skills, including discipline and a desire to innovate. As an Air Cadet, I have been an active member of the squadron and marching band for four years, attending camps, marshalling at charity events and supporting RAFA, SSAFA and The Poppy Appeal, thus gaining a 200 hours Millennium Volunteers Certificate. As a jazz pianist and keyboard player for eight years, I am currently studying for a diploma. Classical singing, for which I gained distinction (Grade 5) and six years' participation in the school choir has led to me setting up a Sixth Form Choral Group. Membership of the Dylan Thomas Youth Theatre and LAMDA qualifications have prepared me for participation in debating championships.

Over the past year, I have embraced my position as House Captain: I aim to provide an approachable face! My role extends to the School Council, where organisational skills are required. During my medical studies, I hope to be equally involved in University life and to make a real contribution academically. I intend to take up each opportunity to learn from the environment and expertise around me.

Throughout my academic life, I have constantly sought out further opportunities, and while it has been gratifying to gain commendation for certain achievements, the ultimate gratification would be the goal to which it is all directed: a career in Medicine. I know neither study nor practice comes without challenge, but I intend to face each challenge as I have faced every one encountered so far - with energy, determination and commitment.


(c) Jack Hannah 2009

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