UCAS Personal statement

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When selecting my courses to study at University I decided to choose a subject in which I had a genuine interest.

Since a young age, I have had the desire to explore and deepen my understanding of all History. In particular, I have enjoyed studying modern History and political issues immensely. My interest in the Britain and USA was fuelled by my studies which I had taken in forms of an Access course to Higher Education and A-Level.

I am a keen believer that in order to understand the human activity in the past, we have to have an excellent base of understanding activities in the present and I have begun to read more deeply in order to understand more completely what History entails. My enjoyment of reading led me to read "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller and "To kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, which I found to be a good bridge between USA History and Literature.

I am currently on an Access course to Higher Education in Humanities and Social Sciences, in which I studied History, English Literature, Economics, Contemporary Economics, Sociology and Psychology at level 3. I am also studying A-Level History and I wish to build upon this by completing a degree and eventually going on to teach History. The allure of teaching is the prospect of some day stimulating the minds of young individuals and becoming an influential figure in their lives. I also believe that the best gift a person can give to another is the gift of knowledge, which can only be achieved through teaching.

My current studies enable me to prepare myself for University and it has given me a solid base for me to build upon in the coming years. I have learnt how to manage my time and how to...