经济学专业个人陈述样本（Economics Personal Statement）
Economics Personal Statement
Economics is a rigorous discipline to which I find myself intensely attracted. It is sublime how one can formalise such distinctly organic and complex concepts as welfare relating to individual economic units as well as society. Furthermore, an Economics related degree would allow me to explore, in depth, a range of exciting, multidisciplinary topics as diverse as game theory, a subject only hinted at at A Level and which I would love to explore in university, international trade and development studies. Eagerness to venture beyond the A Level syllabus led me to be selected for Economics, as well as Politics and Physics 'Masterclasses' at Durham University.
I am an avid reader of 'The Economist', 'Time Magazine', and 'The Times' having an innate interest in current affairs and the machinations of the wider world. This year I had an opportunity to experience the captivating lifestyle, society, culture and economic diaspora of Kenya and Italy. Firstly as a member of Africamp 2002,where I worked with the rehabilitation of street children in Nairobi and was part of a team that reached the summit of Africa's 2nd largest peak, Mt. Kenya and secondly with a Comenius Italian exchange.
My choice of AS and A Levels, along with other academic achievements, help consolidate and support my desired degree choice. Economics serves as an induction to the fundamental role of economic theory in governing the choices of society. Mathematics allows me to explore the techniques of data analysis and develop an abstract mode of thought, as has Kumon Mathematics. Chemistry and AS Physics have helped broaden my depth of logical awareness. It is my interest in formalised logic that initiated me to take AS Critical Thinking, working mainly independently due to timetable conflicts, and I am currently enjoying studying argument structures and types.
I have a great passion for the arts; a love of literature and poetry; my collection is published online and a selection has been internationally published in 'Letters From The Soul' anthology and 'The Sound of Poetry' audio CD. I am also a performing and administrative member of xxx Arts, a nationally renowned Folk Dance troupe, as well as of xxx Youth Theatre. Sport is equally important: I have played at the club and tournament level in tennis and additionally at county level in badminton. I am looking forward to gaining a coaching qualification in badminton as well as running the Great North Run next year having run the Junior Great North Run in the past years. Also, I am nearing the completion of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
I have been an active participant in school life, having been Chairman of the School Council, an Editor of a collaborative publication with other partner schools in Europe, worked as a Peer Mentor for Y9 pupils and managed HSBC Schoolbranch. Additonally, I have been managing director of a Young Enterprise company, have represented the school at the RSC Analytical Chemistry Competition, and have been regional semi-finalist at the Student Innovation Challenge. In the future, having soaring ambition, I see myself successfully involved in economic policy at the international level. In the summer, I would like to work for Accenture as a management consultant.
Economics Personal Statement
Since my early teenage years I have had a strong interest in the world that I live in; wanting to understand where mine and others’ places can be and are in society; not just locally but globally, so I follow current affairs programmes on the television and read newspapers and journals, such as the ‘Economist’, with interest. However, I wish to explore further the causes and effects of human interactions. The study of economics and politics provides explanations and predictions, as well as more universal theories, which underlie human behaviour, as well as offering insight into the validity of the various political choices competing for our favour.
The subjects I am studying at A Level provide a good grounding in skills and knowledge for these two interrelated disciplines. English Language ensures that I can analyse, and communicate clearly and effectively, in both the spoken and written mode. History – the study of the past and its implications – is most valuable as it provides research skills and improves my essay writing, as does Psychology which also gives some insights into how our minds variously function. Physics develops experimental and – along with Mathematics – analytical and problem solving skills, as well as ensuring my abilities have breadth. I am most enthusiastic at the prospect of having my abilities stretched and raised to a much higher standard, especially as I have not studied economics or politics before.
By the end of my degree course I also expect to be a more astute, mature person; I shall certainly take advantage of all the various social and sporting opportunities your university offers. It is my current career ambition to have a job in professional politics as an MP, to play a part in national policy making and legislation, as well as experiencing the pride of being a democratic representative of the people. This ambition flows from my concern for the wellbeing of others and the continued freedom of our people. Your degree course is ideal preparation for this career because it will impart the knowledge necessary for informed policy formation, and the skills – such as good communication and effective debating – needed to succeed in this competitive occupation.
I am a member of the Conservative party and follow their policy reformation after 1997 with interest. Currently my other interests include science and technology – I enjoy reading the ‘New Scientist’ journal, for instance – as well as computers, of which I regard myself as an advanced user. For example, I use the Internet for study and research into areas of interest, such as comment on government policy decisions, and upgrading hardware myself. Also, last year I had a 3D computer game ‘add-on’ – designed by myself over a lengthy period, teaching myself a great number of skills in this field – packaged on a number of international magazines, including the UK-based ‘PC Gamer’. I also enjoy walking with my family and our dogs in the Dorset countryside, and am a member of the Vegan Society.
Economics Personal Statement
Examination of any quality newspaper will probably demonstrate that more of the headlines address economic problems than any other topic. The importance and relevance of economic related disciplines to the modern world have led me to want to pursue the study of the subject at a higher level. I am particularly interested in the behaviour of firms and organisations from an economic point of view and I have based my A-level coursework in this field. During my study, I have come across many real life complexities and while attempting to explain these theories, I have developed a keen interest in analysing and understanding how the world of business is influenced by economics.
I have created an economics revision website for A-level and GCSE students. It is primarily intended to help younger students gain an understanding of core economic principles but has also helped me improve my own computer and presentational skills. I regularly read newspapers and economic publications to keep up to date with economic developments and I am able to use my mathematical and analytical skills to apply different economic theories to a range of real-life economic situations.
Last year, I took part in an economics and business project called Young Enterprise in which I set up a small company and sold products to students at our school. I enjoyed the chance to put some of my business economic theory into practice and was able to enhance my management and communication skills. I also gained a distinction in the associated exam.
To gain practical experience in the workplace, I worked for two weeks at a small software company specialising in financial software. I currently have a part time job and this has taught me much about teamwork, responsibility and time management in the workplace.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, swimming, sketching and solving puzzles and logic problems. I have redesigned and been responsible for the maintenance of my school's website.
I believe that I will gain a highly marketable set of skills from the study of economics at university. I have found economics to be a challenging and diverse discipline and I am interested in both macro and micro economics. It is this variation of perspective, combined with its real world importance, that makes economics an appealing subject to study at university.
Pick up any quality newspaper today and it becomes obvious that many headlines relate to stories about economic problems and trends. In my home town of Frankfurt the economy is in particular a regular newsworthy story.
This is where my interest lies and I have therefore chosen to apply for courses that include the possibility of exploring international or global economics. Some of these courses present the opportunity to study the connection between economics and politics or economics and business. Options which would enable me to choose a career in either the public or private sector upon my graduation. I have been brought up in household with two very politically aware parents, where debate has always been encouraged. As a result I am eager to have the opportunity to debate current economic issues, in order that I can show my experiences and build upon my knowledge.
My specific area of interest lies in the behaviour of international corporations and countries in the economic world. In undertaking a degree in economics I hope to gain understanding of global economic systems and how they affect and are affected by trends in business and trade.
Both my work placements have given me an insight into business relations. In particular my placement with Aventis enabled me to experience a global company. I had the opportunity to work in top laboratories and to work with research statistics. Apart from this I also liked the teamwork and networking within departments, especially with other work placement candidates.
I am trinational (Irish, German and British) and will therefore have a different angle to every aspect of a course. I believe I would add to the cultural diversity at the university. I am choosing to study in the UK, because I would like to experience the multicultural mixture (of students) a UK university can offer in particular this subject. Due to my family tie, I have close links to the UK and feel confident that I will settle in quickly. I have been visiting my relatives in London, Manchester and Edinburgh on a regular yearly basis. My last vacation job was in London, where I got a glimpse of living and working in the UK for 1 month. I enjoyed myself and in particular being behind the ar made me confident in communicating with different people. I also developed basic customer service skills and usable to handle cash, therefore being in a position of trust.
Having been a student representative for my year further helped me develop my sense of responsibility. I was liaising with students and teachers.
To study in the UK would give me a greater opportunity to gain employment in the UK or in an international environment. That is where I see myself in 4-5 years time, I have chosen this particular subject as it will give me a foundation for my future career plans in either the private or the public sector, e.g. banking, government or European Commission.
I currently play high-level amateur hockey at county level. Having received a scholarship by the local government (for young sports talents) allowed me to concentrate on my development in school and on the playing field.
My other interests include computing and music. My IT skills will support me throughout my studies and I have researched the facilities at the universities. My interest in music varies from Soul, R&B, HipHop, Rock to Seventies and Dance music
I once saw a quote from Harry Truman, the 33rd President of the U.S.A., which read, “Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say ‘on one hand…on the other”. Although it may have been just a joke, I think that for me it illustrates one of the main reasons I want to do economics…-the debate. I think that economics can be both a subjective and objective subject where you can combine background knowledge with inner wisdom, mathematical formulae with opinion and apply it to a vast range of topics. It requires you to solve problems, whether it be macro-economic or within the firm, and solutions may encompass government policies with social attitudes-a mix which does not always agree. Economics requires you to think across all levels and, as the above examples demonstrate, it is one of the most debatable subjects of all; it is both theory and instinct. This is why I have been inspired to take it beyond my A Level, into university-you cannot be a one-handed economist.
I feel that I have, in sixth form, learnt and practised the skills required for such a degree. I enjoy making use of my numerical skills, which I feel competent in, by studying maths and science A Levels. I am also studying for an AS in Critical Thinking, which I hope to take in January, and I feel that this has helped me to not only identify debates, but also to improve my confidence in arguing through my own points to completion. My future involvement in a scheme called ‘Target 2.5’, where I will be a member of a pane meeting to discuss how the Monetary Policy Committee should act to achieve the inflation target, will bring together these skills in an economic context and is an activity in which I am eager to participate. Finally, I have passed my Level 3 Key Skill in Communication, which required oral presentations and writing reports, alongside the exam stage of my Level 3 I.T. Key Skill.
However, I have also had plenty of opportunity to practise my communication skills in extra-curricular activities, including Young Enterprise. This was a scheme last year whereby 13 other students and I set up and ran our own business, winning the regional finals and coming second in the county. I was a key participant as financial director, helping to control the accounts, money flow and liquidation about which I had to report to a board of directors. This role required high levels of communication, responsibility, teamwork and self-motivation, which I both enjoyed and fully participated in. In addition to a conference I attended, organised by MCS, on finance and economics with guest speakers from the city and beyond, this has inspired me to work towards a future in finance.
Responsibility has also played a major part in my role as Form Captain for the past year. This involved daily administration and communication with senior members of staff, I role I enjoyed and to which I was elected. This is not dissimilar to the skills needed for my job as a sales advisor at House of Fraser where I am often responsible for unfamiliar departments, requiring me to pick up large volumes of knowledge in a short period of time. I feel this job has helped me to grow in confidence, especially when meeting and communicating with new people.
Outside my academic work, I enjoy sport, especially snooker and table tennis, although I play just for fun. I have, however, taken part in a synchronised swimming gala-a team sport that I particularly enjoyed throughout my school time and my confidence has been boosted by taking part in school pantomimes and musicals. Recently I have also enjoyed helping a local childminder as part of my voluntary work, earning a 100-hour Award of Recognition from Millennium Volunteers. This involved caring for children by reading and playing games with them, a task which has improved my patience, a skill I believe will be invaluable for university life!
Despite the additional workload from my extra-curricular activities, I have nevertheless found it easy to select economics as my subject of paramount interest. This decision has undoubtedly been fuelled by my observance of current events. Being able to select issues in the media, and apply the knowledge I have of economics in a way I have not been able to with any other subject, has propelled me towards my choice of degree and future career path. I really do believe that economics is an invaluable subject, one which will push forwards, extend and balance my knowledge whilst further helping me to understand why one-handed economics just will not work.