From Da Vinci’s dream of flight in the 15thcentury, to the Wright Brothers revolutionary creation of the first aircraft,to the first manned space shuttle only half a century ago, the evolution ofaeronautics has been fascinating to say the least. The idea of creating andadding to the timeline is enthralling to me. Aeronautics has always been aboutpushing the boundaries of science and making what seemed impossible yesterday,a reality today. I strive to push and challenge myself to extend my knowledgeand break the modern constraints set by pioneers in the engineering world. Elonmusk ‘ s idea of sending humans to mars thrills me knowing the technologyneeded for such an expedition is yet to be created and could be done by this generationof engineers. The limitless potential of aeronautics shown by these innovatory eventshas driven me to attempt another step on technical advancement.

From an early age I have been keen on mathematics and wasgiven the opportunity to do my GCSE in year 8 and achieved an A grade. I laterthen joined a science club, STEM where the applications of physics were firstshown to me. I took keen interest in the technology and engineering side wheremany educational trips occurred, for instance I went to Kingston University wherethere were many activities including making a projectile and seeing how far itwill go using only air pressure. From these experiences I k new I had a passionfor physics and maths which drove me to select engineering as a subject to doat GCSE level, where I completely grasped the structure of engineering and thedifferent types there were. What I relish most about the subject is thecreative freedom that enables successful engineers to create and buildsignificant structures needed in today’s society. My constant desire to push myself drove me to take part inmaths master classes, which took place in both Wilson grammar school andImperial College over a two year period. These classes deepened my knowledge onmaths and broadened my scope of what limited knowledge I had and my wanting tolearn more.

During my time there I took great interest in what the differentlectures had to say and the various sides of maths they had to bringinteresting me further, which then lead me to decide I had wanted to studyfurther mathematics at A level.  I havetaken part in several math competitions representing my school in the processgiving me more confidence in mathematics preparing me to apply my knowledge inuniversity. I have pursued my interest in engineering by taking part inbrilliant aspirations, a program which allowed me to understand engineering toa further degree. The program consisted of me applying my understanding ofphysics and maths and working on a team to create a hover craft, showing me theimportance of teamwork when dividing up tasks to do and creating a moreefficient product.

Outside of school I enjoy playing basketball regularly andswimming in a local leisure centre. Keeping myself active has ensured me tostay resilient and self-disciplined where I can apply this to my studies. Ialso keep up with regular basketball fixtures and support a team in my sparetime.The capability of aeronautics systems is ever-growing andsomething I want to be a part of given the opportunity at your university.


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