“You to determine the social order and social

“You go into
the Humanities to pursue your intellectual passion and you emerge as a desired
commodity for the industry.” I interpret Damon Horowitz’s statement as an
indication that a degree in Humanities seamlessly expunges the dust on our mind’s eye, enabling us to examine
ourselves as human beings from the perspective of reason and to develop an
increasingly clear understanding of the world in which we live. In my constant
reflections on the conditions of human existence and on the forces that have
helped to determine the social order and social structure of which I am a part,
I have decided to pursue the study of Political Science as my lifelong career
objective. I will endeavor to develop myself into a political thinker devoted
to social programs, who can turn visions and conceptions into realities.

In terms of
extracurricular activities, I have aided younger students in the development of
their reading skills through a paired reading scheme set up by the school. I
was also one of few sixth formers chosen to train as a Peer Mentor; a role
which requires commitment as I meet with a younger student each week to discuss
any issues they have. Both these roles have improved my communication,
organisation and appeal to my responsible nature. Furthermore, it has given me
the ability to balance various commitments. I was elected sports captain for my
house in school; this means I am responsible for the organisation and running
of sports teams and events within the house, as well as participating. During
my time at Queens’ I have been involved in many debates which has enabled me to
discuss current issues, and allowed me to reflect on the opinion of others.
I am a dedicated swimmer and often train up to four times a week, for the last
twelve years. I have also previously volunteered at the local rainbows, for two
years, initially as part of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, but due to great
enjoyment, I continued after the scheme ended. This year I attended the ‘Battle
of Ideas’ where many aspects and issues in society were discussed. These
debates and talks only heightened my interests and encouraged me to further my
knowledge of the world and societies around me.

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I took a strong interest in Political Science and History at A-Level
which widened my perception of historians, global history and matured my
analytical and evaluative skills, an aspect I am keen to ameliorate in higher
education. My interests have led me read political science works including
Jason Ralphs’s, ‘America’s War on Terror,’ and ‘Diplomacy’ by Henry Kissinger.
I am captivated by the diversity and depth offered by a Political Science degree
and attracted by the way it encourages us to be analytical of the values and
patterns of past societies. It never fails to deliver a remarkable challenge
and demands independent opinion, intellectual rigor and the ability to
interrogate which will give me the academic foundations needed to excel at
university. Studying History at A-levels stirred me to go beyond the syllabus
to independently research issues that intrigued me. I find exploring different
sources very stimulating, especially where intriguing relationships emerge
between the two.

 

Through studying History at A level, I
have learnt, not just about the past, but the skills of analysis, how to infer
sources and how to explore the diversity of historical opinions. I have also
studied English Literature and Psychology at post secondary level; all three
subjects have given me transferable skills which have aided me in my studies.
English literature has allowed me to further strengthen my skills of analytical
writing and benefit my ability to communicate ideas effectively. I have always
been a passionate reader and the subject has inspired me to explore various genres
and texts and introduced me to writers that I otherwise wouldn’t have read or discovered,
such as Jhampa Lahiri and Robert Frost.  In Psychology there is a great deal of analysis,
research and evaluation; skills which will be very useful whilst studying
Political Science and International Relations. Psychology has also taught me
how to write a reasoned argument, and identify relevant points whilst avoiding a
biased viewpoint.

Understanding our past is vital to
understanding the future and this is what increases my interest in Political Science.
Studying this course into higher levels would advance my knowledge and
understanding of the world, in which people and countries co-operate together
both politically and within an organized structure. Political Science would
deepen my knowledge of the world around me and would hopefully lead to exciting
and continuous career prospects.  For this reason, I would positively relish the
opportunity to study Political Science at a degree level from a prestigious
institute like LUMS, which was my first choice not only because
of its diversity in undergraduate programs, but the quality of education it
provides and the numerous opportunities to grow personally and professionally
especially in the field of community service. I can’t think of a better
institute where I can study subjects like Political Science in a true sense to
build up a critical thinking mind. I believe that from LUMS I will learn more
about collaboration and problem solving and will also enhance my capacity to
make a difference.  I anticipate becoming a LUMS graduate and advancing
into new realms that I have not touched upon and believe that studying
Political Science will greatly enhance my knowledge and understanding of the
world.

 

I feel that my
educational background and extracurricular activities will make me a suitable candidate to pursue Political Science at LUMS.
In order to learn about the past and benefit from it in the future, it is
necessary to deeply understand what governs these social structures. That is
what I want to be ready for. I wish to use
LUMS as a platform not only to provide a
basis for a career within international politics but also to immerse myself in
the subject for its own sake. My drive and my dedication will make me successful,
and studying Political Science will help me achieve my full potential, which I’m
certain will make a unique and profound contribution to the university. 

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