Tämä personal statement avasi itselleni paikan kahdesta maailman 100 parhaan joukkoon lukeutuvasta yliopistosta..

..ja se noudattaa kohtuullisen hyvin täällä annettuja ohjeita. Koska hain opiskelemaan filosofiaa, käytin normaalia suuremman osan tilastani oman mielenkiintoni osoittamiseen kertomalla itsenäisistä pohdiskeluistani Platonin Valtioon liittyen. Tämä ratkaisu ei todellakaan ole se ainoa ja oikea, mutta koska akateemista filosofiaa on vaikea liittää suoraan harrastuksiin tai työhön, tunsin sen sopivaksi. Vertailun vuoksi, vilkaise tätä esimerkkiä.

Lukiessasi, huomioi ainakin seuraavat asiat:

  • mielenkiinnon herääminen kurssia kohtaan
  • kurssiin liittyvä tutkimus omalla ajalla
  • akateemiset saavutukset ja opiskelutaidot
  • syy Britanniassa opiskeluun kotimaan sijasta
  • ylimääräiset kokemukset ja harrastukset, jotka tuovat väriä statementtiin
  • odotukset yliopisto-opiskelusta

Lopuksi, sananen akateemisista saavutuksista: älä ole vaatimaton. Jos käytät statementtiasi arvosanojen mainitsemiseen niin, ettei hakemuksesi sisällä virallisia arvosanaodotuksia (predicted grades), kannattaa olla niin kunnianhimoinen kuin mahdollista. Statementtisi lukijat asuvat maassa, jossa todennäkoinen eximia ilmoitettaisiin aina laudaturina, ja ilmoitettu eximia heiluisi todellisuudessa jossain magnan tienoilla.

Course: MA Philosophy

My interest in philosophy arose two years ago when I took the obligatory introduction class of the subject at my school. When my confusion concerning Plato’s metaphysics suddenly switched to the vast joy of understanding some of his basic ideas during the third lesson, I felt I had finally found out what it actually means to learn. This gave me the motivation to dive into philosophy outside the classroom too: I began to read Plato’s works in addition to the further study of the subject at school.  

For me, philosophy is an attempt to create a system which covers every aspect of human reality. Reading The Republic by Plato about a year ago made me realise how important it is to understand one’s entire worldview behind their singular opinions. For example, before reading the book I was unable to see why Plato thought that totalitarianism is necessary in an ideal state. If the state was led with perfect justice and virtue, why would anyone say a word against their leaders? It turned out that according to Plato most of the people get corrupt by the appetitive part of their souls and become unable to recognize what is truly good. However, the true good can be identified by those who can rely on pure reason: The Form of Good itself allows philosophers to reach it. As goodness is defined by forms and all forms are constant, it seems that it is best for the workers themselves to be ruled by the autocratic philosopher-kings. Thus I inferred that the totalitarianism in Plato’s state is merely a logical consequence of his theory of soul and strict moral objectivism.

After having taken the first four of my eight matricular examinations this September I feel most confident to say that the results will follow the second to none line of my previous academic performance. This means that I strongly expect to achieve the best possible grade Laudatur in at least six of my exams and the second best grade Eximia in the rest. As choosing to take up to eight matricular examinations instead of the compulsory four implies, my academic interest is extraordinarily wide and my qualities include both mathematic-logical and linguistic intelligence. Naturally this kind of academic ability affects the level of education that I shall pursue: I’m applying to universities in the United Kingdom since I wish to study in an environment whose intensity exceeds the one available in Finland.  

My interested and outgoing attitude towards the world doesn’t switch off when I finish my school day. I keep myself widely informed of the current issues by following social media and quality papers such as Helsingin Sanomat or The Economist. This concretes in my philosophy and poetry themed blog where I e.g. comment on current themes from a philosophical but yet practical point of view. As a counterbalance for studying I play football in a local U20-team and the bass whenever a band is required in an event at school. These activities have improved my ability to work in a team and schedule my school work in a way which enables my participation. The amount of training they require has also taught me patience and persistency and therefore has had a significant contribution to me as a learner as well.

As I previously stated, for me the function of philosophy is to create something complete. Rather than gathering every little piece of information on a specific area I want to understand the experience we call reality as a whole. This is why I’m highly motivated to study anything from pure logics to incredibly difficult ethical or political dilemmas: as long as they help me to develop my thinking and build my own interpretation of reality, I couldn’t imagine anything more rewarding. Therefore a course in philosophy, the art of thinking itself, is not merely the best way to fulfill my academic potential but also a chance for me to express myself as a human being.

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