have no doubt in my mind about my passion and interest in environmental
sciences; a passion that can be traced back to my experiences growing up on the
island of Borneo. Maybe it is in its vast rainforests and majestic highlands.
Its veritable network of caves. Its vibrant coral reefs. Or perhaps it’s the
unfettered allure of its inimitable cultures and how they interact with their
natural environment. I cannot deny that I have gained an awe and appreciation
for the diversity of our planet’s ecosystems through this experience.
Unfortunately, much of the island’s ecology is under extreme pressure and has a
myriad of political, social and economic implications associated with it. I
believe, to tackle such issues, it is imperative that the intricate processes
of the natural environment first be understood.


believe the courses I studied at A level has provided me with a good basis to
succeed at this course. Physics and mathematics has given me the ability to
work with large quantities of data and has taught me to approach problems in a
pragmatic and analytical way. In addition, I have developed very good
laboratory and team working skills from the various chemistry group projects
that I participated in. I look forward to developing these skills and knowledge
even further during my time at university. I also studied geography at A level;
a subject where the concept of sustainability was first introduced to me,
opening my eyes to a plethora of modern world issues. It has taught me to take
a holistic approach to these issues and developed my empathy to the different
views of specific matters. I was also involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Gold
award where I undertook an expedition to Mt. Kenya. There, I completed a
residential project to rebuild a local primary school classroom. Through the
programme, I learnt new skills such as playing a new instrument, which required
a lot of time and commitment. Also, I was able to give back to my community by
volunteering to coach children in basketball. I believe my involvement in the
award has coalesced my technical and mental aptitude to help me grow as an

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sixth form I gained a lot of work experience. I was involved in the development
of a small-scale permaculture farm in Pa’ Umor, Malaysia which focused on the
cultivation of native food-plants. I learned a lot about the possibilities for
local farmers to introduce diversity on farms, creating strong local and
climate friendly food supply in the Kelabit Highlands. I also had some
experience working at GAEC de la Moutotte, a dairy farm in AOP Comte, France.
Here, I was able to understand more about farm sustainability. Additionally, I
learned about pasture and cow management, whilst considering the environmental
and socio-economic problems associated with dairy production. Moreover, I
worked as a landscaper at Les Fermes De Gally where my job involved
constructing green walls, renovating and maintaining gardens. I also had the
opportunity to work on the installation and maintenance of an urban farm
demonstration on the roof of the “Cite de l’Architecture”, Paris. At
this company, I expanded my knowledge on different types of plant species and
the conditions they need for growth. Furthermore, I learnt about urban greening
in major cities and the implications it has on urban ecology. My latest job
experience was in a pick-your-own farm in Bailly and a member of the GIE
Chapeau Paille. This experience helped me to understand more about suburban
food issues and the systems put in place for sustainable farming practice.
These include ecological management of production such as auxiliary insects and
buffer zones – themes that I would love to explore further.


hopes are that studying at your university will prove an excellent investment
for my future career in the environmental sector. I am truly excited at the
prospect of studying this course and I hope that you will consider me for a
place on your programme.

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