The purpose of historical inquiry is not simply to present facts but to
search for an interpretation of the past. The reason I want to study History is
simply that it combines the excitement of exploration and discovery with the
sense of reward born from successfully confronting and making sense of complex
and challenging problems.
History is fascinating because society is constantly evolving and as a
result, the history must evolve with it.
I seek enrolment in a program that not only maintains a superb reputation
but that will also demand only the highest quality effort from each of its
students. I hope that you are able to give me the privilege of continuing my
studies on the level demanded by your prestigious institution. I have applied
all my abilities and diligence to getting into Oxford.
My aim has always been to excel in examinations, no matter how demanding
they were. I made sure I achieved straight. As in all aspects of my studies.
From my strong performance in my A level history exam to my past work
experience, my background and qualifications have given me the skills to succeed
in your program.Although school occupies most of my time, I have learnt the
rewards of contributing towards school life and have been head student for two
years. I take pleasure in debating issues that are important to me, and as part
of my contribution I set up a school debating society. This position has
improved my leadership, organisational and communication skills and, given me
the chance to combine my theoretical knowledge and my interpersonal skills to
successfully debate issues closely related to history.
Outside of academics, I am a keen sportsman, competitively playing hockey
and football. Last year I participated in the AA regional school athletics
finals, achieving first position. My other passion is swimming, I have been a
member of Warwickshire swimming club for nine years. One of my biggest
achievements has been taking the County Champion title and crowned the record
holder in the men’s 200m butterfly.
My swimming practices have also given me the chance to complete my life
guard qualification, enabling me to gain work as a lifeguard. My swimming
ability also helps with my interest in scuba diving. Last summer I volunteered
to assist with teaching scuba diving at a school in Italy. This experience was
extremely valuable, improving my communication skills and the appreciation of
different cultures and backgrounds.
For years, I have maintained a firm devotion to history. All of my
experiences, coupled with a strong academic background, will allow me to embrace
studying history at Oxford University.