Some of my strongest attributes and capabilities stretch beyond the limitations of those required for me to succeed as an undergraduate engineer. Whilst I am studying subject matter that is based primarily upon a solid grasp for mathematics and physics, I have demonstrated my capacity to thrive in written communication through the appraisal I have received in report submissions and other extended written pieces of work. I exercise this ability in my own time as a music journalist writing for a website that is the product of a joint venture between myself and some university friends. I do not feel that my chosen course has allowed me to fully augment my potential as a writer, instead it has proven my aptitude for problem solving and my ability to work hard and succeed in a subject matter that I only have mild enthusiasm for.
I also have experience working for 9 months in a local supermarket as a retail assistant whilst taking my A levels as well as a weeks unpaid work experience at Fletcher Priest Architects. During all of my work placements I have received positive recognition for my strong work ethic and my capacity to excel in any given environment by employing the resources available to me and valuing good, clear communication within the workplace.
My third year of study for my Civil Engineering with Management MEng has been spent studying abroad at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This has proved to be an invaluable experience in regards to what I have learnt both inside and outside of the lecture room. Studying in Asia provided a perfect balance between the academic challenge and the vibrant, stimulating environment in which my University life was situated. Working on group projects with local students allowed me to gain an important understanding of cultural differences and allowed me to develop myself as an undergraduate engineer by adapting my own common practice to synchronise with the team objective. I also undertook my final year project, the Dynamic Response of the Tsing Ma Suspension Bridge to Typhoons and Earthquakes in Hong Kong, with a strong focus on structural mechanics and statistics.
Aside from academic studies I also take a keen interest in health and nutrition, particularly the science of natural medicine. I maintain a healthy lifestyle by adopting a vegetarian diet supplemented with super foods and herbal additives, this means I am rarely ill and am able to exercise high concentration throughout the working day. In respect to exercise I began Thai Boxing when I arrived Hong Kong, I train 3 times a week allowing me to retain my fitness despite spending most of my weekdays sat in the library.
Although I appear on paper to be following a characteristic path into the field of civil engineering, I hope that expanding my horizons into other industries will allow me to refine my ambition into a career path that will fully utilize my attributes in communication, problem solving and readily adaptable suitability for any job I am assigned.
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