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.
Comments on the statement:
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
This was my final draft of my personal statement to study Sociology and Criminology. I'm going to study it at University of Nottingham. I received an offer of ABB and achieved AAB at A Level.
My initial interest in Sociology and Criminology emerged from a debate within a Religious
Studies lesson, discussing whether or not capital punishment should be legal. My argument was
that everyone has the right to be represented in court and ever since I've been intrigued by
the justice system. Studying Sociology and Criminology as a combined degree is a great
opportunity as the issues among the subjects affect one another. Growing up in a society with
political debate that is ever changing has made Sociology and Criminology two significant
subjects that I find captivating and therefore wish to pursue further at University.
During the summer I attended a Sociology conference at Bath Spa University. Discussing public
attitudes to crime in a lecture on 'Myths and realities of crime' spurred my interest in
Criminology. I investigated common crime assumptions at the conference, including one that
'crime is increasing'; I was surprised to discover that statistically crime is actually
declining. This led me to further research crime statistics in my own time, quantitative
research methods being an aspect of Criminology that I find particularly fascinating. I am
excited to learn more about crime statistics as part of a Crime and Deviance module in my
Sociology A level and hopefully as part of a Sociology and Criminology degree at University.
Alongside Sociology I am currently studying English Language and Religious Studies.
Investigating diachronic and synchronic language change within English Language has made me
aware of how influential the developments of linguistics are to modern society. In Religious
Studies I have compared different philosophers' ideas, such as Karl Marx's theory of Marxism,
which has also been prevalent in my Sociology A level. Investigating changes in English
Language and comparing philosophers' in Religious Studies has improved my ability to evaluate
and analyse. These are transferable skills that will prove useful when studying Sociology and
Criminology at University.
Reading outside of lesson time on social inequalities in society has provided me with
knowledge that I hope to take to debate in seminars for a Sociology and Criminology degree.
Owen Jones's book 'Chavs the demonization of the working class' revealed to me some
thought-provoking perspectives of society. I was particularly intrigued by Jones's critique of
Margret Thatcher's way of presenting our life chances as 'determined by our life choices, not
economic background'. Jones's critique has inspired me to examine different theories and
perspectives of social injustice. Outside of school I have graded as a purple belt in Jiu
Jitsu and have also played for Bath City girls' football team. Partaking in these sports
developed my social and cooperative skills, which have contributed to my ability to work well
with others in a team. I have also been part of Mark Jermin Stage School; performing in front
of others means I have established the importance of communication and presentation. These are
skills that I feel are vital for the future when I will potentially need to present
sociological and criminological research.
The diverse nature of Sociology and Criminology topics has led me to not only want to
comprehend complexities in society, but to one day be working to tackle social injustices. I
feel that embarking on a Sociology and Criminology degree will enable my development of
theoretical knowledge, investigative and social skills in order to achieve this target. I am
an enthusiastic and open-minded person and able to sensitively analyse issues which I consider
essential attributes when studying Sociology and Criminology at University. Above all, I am
eager to pursue my future in these two fields.