I was once told to “to find your voice you would haveto first find your expertise.” I believe that I have found my voice inengineering. The engineering industry is still rising in popularity and sotechnological advancements are being made every single day at an exponentialrate. The creativity behind every single method of manufacturing and designs implementedinto these crafts are really what intrigues me and drives me to strengthen andmaster the mechanical and the decision making sides of mathematical problems. These interests of mine started on my 10th birthday when Ireceived a book called “Everything You Need to Know About Science”and it was the space section I enjoyed reading the most. I remember readingabout robots in space and asking myself “How do they actually make thesespacecrafts to land in space?” Asmy knowledge on the manufacturing process of these crafts are of basic levels,I am keen on enhancing my strongest fields, physics and maths, to develop anunderstanding of the practical world. From an early age I have always been interested on howengineers enable machines to work. I even broke into my Playstation portablejust to see what a motherboard looked like and see the arrangements of circuitswhich allows the playstation to work.
This alone just shows my curiosity andpassion towards this subject and my determination to succeed. I took my first step into the engineering world when I spenttwo years on a STEM programme during my early stages of secondary school. Ihave gained basic experience needed to help me realise my desire forengineering. From this, I took on an engineering course at GSCE where I usedseveral machines such as a lathe, a pillar drill and etc.
I participated inbuilding a go-cart from scratch which was one of my biggest accomplishments sofar in engineering. My passion for aerospace developed a lot more during thiscourse as it was brought to my attention that there’s many different methodsengineers from the aerospace industryuse that can improve the efficiency of aircrafts. For example, blended wingbodies is proven to cut fuel consumption for aircrafts by up to a third because the airframe is sosmooth it reduces turbulent airflow, thus reducing drag. I also visitedKingston University during this course for an engineering programme.
There Imet with the astronaut, Helen Sharman, as she explained to me about space life.During my free time, I sometimes follow up on the astrophysicist,Neil deGrasse Tyson, on his documentary like “Origins of life and how itall began”. His insight in physics as a whole really inspires me and hashelped me realise my passion to be successful in the field of aeronauticalengineering. His whole motto where “science is true whether or not youbelieve it” allowed me to realise that it is well worth the time andeffort to master the aerospace industry in my later life. Outside of school I have participated in the UCL youngengineers programme where I was provided with further guidance for my careergoals. It was particularly helpful inthe aerospace timeslot as they explained how aerospace engineers design theiraircrafts and also how they analyse these aircrafts using a specialisedcomputer program. This was of huge value to me as I never was taught thesethings at school.
I also took part in the national citizen service programme,which is chaired by former prime minister David Cameron. I was encouraged tohelp the local community over the summer whether it was to raise money for charityor to educate the younger generations. This gave me the opportunity to immersemyself and build on my leadership skills alongside a team full of strong mindedindividuals.
From all these experience so far in my life, it is clearthat I want to pursue a career in aeronautical engineer and I believe I havethe persistence and the tenacity to help turn my engineering goals intoreality. I am looking forward to the challenges universities has to offer.