Geography
is the study of relationship between human population and natural environment,
which
encompasses a vast range of topics from Earth’s landscapes and natural hazards,
to globalization and sustainability. The
extensive range of issues captivate me due to my thirst for knowledge, discovering
new things and the benefits that come from them. I commit to studying
Geography, for its academic value, my personal interest, and more importantly,
it paves route to my future.

 

Geography
has always been a keen interest of mine; therefore, I took Geography as one of
my elective subjects to enrich my knowledge, but it was a visit to Yellowstone National Park
that initially sparked my enthusiasm for environmental studies. I
enjoyed exploring the Grand Prismatic Spring, whose magnificent coloration never fails to amaze
me. I marvel at the volcano’s
power rising in fumaroles, mud pots and geysers. These extraordinary scales of geothermal features posed many questions: where had this discovery been made and, more intriguingly,
how had they formed? My wish to find out more about these landforms and rocks
that shelter the intricate beauty started my interest in geography.

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The
presentation of environmental issues in the media has also cultivated my
interest of Geography. Understanding issues impacting our planet such as
climate change, poverty, pollution pandemic and more has fueled me with a drive
to make sustainable living. Studying Geography allow me to appreciate the Earth
as our homeland and provide insight for wise management of planet’s finite resources. I become even more interested in these issues after
reading articles in periodicals such as National Geographic, The Economist and The
Guardian.  An article from the Geographical that
investigated the implementation of sustainable agriculture in low income
countries intrigued me. One method used allows farmers to create compost from waste,
which is a sustainable alternative to current farming techniques. Having
reached the incredible 7 billion mark, it is vital that develop a more
harmonious relationship between population and planet if both are to survive. Further
study of a related degree will enable me to tackle these imminent problems.

 

In addition to my studies, I have been involved in a range of fieldwork, which have enabled me to reinforce
my geographical techniques. Hong Kong’s geographical features provided a
fascinating insight into a remarkable and unique way of life. In visiting
mangrove swamps and tombolo first hand, I had a totally different learning
experience from what I can see in text books. Also, studying Biology, Chemistry
and Mathematics have provided a scientific base for my love of geography. They
help me when I need to establish hypotheses and analyze data. It also helps me
to think logically and how to solve problems.

 

Along with Geography, I am also keen on sports. I am an
extrovert person and as the member of school swimming and athletic team, it is the ideal setting for me to develop my teamwork and communication
skills, as well as my confidence. Through competitions, I learnt to be
persistent to overcome failures and stay positive when facing adversity. While
this requires a considerable amount of determination, effort and time,
especially as it runs parallel with HKDSE, it has taught me how to be self-discipline
and manage my time.

 

Society is ever-changing, and study of Geography holds the key to the world’s problems. It does not only sharpen
my knowledge, but also give me a real insight into how the Earth functions. The
step up to degree level is going to be a challenge that I am looking forward to,
and I anticipate an exciting and very important experience whilst studying
Geography at university. 

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