From myself drove me to take part in Mathematics

From Da Vinci’s dream of flight six centuries ago, to the
Wright Brothers revolutionary creation of the first aircraft, to the first
manned space shuttle half a century ago, the evolution of aeronautics and
astronautics has been fascinating to say the least. The idea of creating and
adding to the timeline is enthralling to me. Aeronautics has always been about
pushing the boundaries of science and making what seemed impossible yesterday,
a reality today. I strive to push and challenge myself to extend my knowledge
and break the modern constraints set by pioneers in the engineering world. Elon
Musk’s idea of sending humans to Mars thrills me knowing the technology needed
for such an expedition is yet to be created and could be done by this generation
of engineers. The limitless potential of aeronautics shown by these innovatory
events has driven me to embark on this journey in technical advancement.

From an early age I have been fascinated by Mathematics.
This was recognised by my teacher, and I was given the opportunity to do my
GCSE earlier, in year 8. I passed with grade A. I later joined a science club,
STEM where I was introduced to the applications of physics. I took keen
interest in the technology and engineering side where many educational trips
occurred, for instance I went to Kingston University where there were many
activities including making a projectile and seeing how far it will go using
only air pressure. From these experiences I knew I had a passion for Physics
and Mathematics which drove me to select engineering as a subject to do at GCSE
level, where I completely grasped the structure of engineering and the
different types that exist. My main satisfaction of this subject is the
creative freedom that enables successful engineers to create and build
significant structures needed in today’s society.

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My constant desire to push myself drove me to take part in Mathematics
Master Classes, which took place in both Wilson Grammar School and Imperial
College over a two year period. These classes deepened my knowledge in
Mathematics and broadened my scope of what limited knowledge I had and my desire
to learn more. During my time there I took great interest in the lectures and
the various sides of Mathematics they brought. This led me to my decision to
further pursue mathematics at A-level. Taking part in several Mathematics competitions,
representing my school in the process, gave me more confidence in Mathematics
preparing me to apply my knowledge in university. I have pursued my interest in
engineering by taking part in brilliant aspirations, a program which allowed me
to understand engineering to a deeper level. The program consisted of applying
my understanding of Physics and Mathematics and working within a team to create
a hovercraft. This showed me the importance of teamwork when dividing up tasks
to do and creating a more efficient product. Recently I have also taken part in
the UK Senior Mathematical Challenge and achieved a silver award. This gave me
an experience to test my knowledge in problem solving.

Outside of school I enjoy playing basketball and swimming in
my local leisure centre. Keeping myself active has enabled me to stay resilient
and self-disciplined which can be applied to my studies. I also keep up with
regular basketball fixtures and support a team in my spare time.

The capabilities of aeronautics and astronautics systems are
ever-growing and something I want to be a part of given the opportunity at your
university.