A logical approach is vital in fields such as Accounting, Economics, and finance. Thankfully, Mathematics has been a great passion of mine since childhood and is the language of pure logic and reasoning. During work shadowing placement that I secured in Libya, my country of birth, with the Libya Africa Investment portfolio I have seen how Accounting, Economics and Finance shape much of the world around us, and how the information contained in Accounting statements convey much of the information used for financing decisions. Libya has witnessed increased political instability in the recent past, which has shaken the economic foundations of the state. I had gained some knowledge of the economic trends of the country during my work experience placement that is globally relevant, as well as developed appreciation and interest in the subjects I chose to study.
Despite the back injury I sustained playing Rugby more than two years ago, which has prevented me from completing my studies on expected schedule and was a big challenge to overcome, I never lost motivation. I chose to study independently the subjects that have interested me, and I have developed positive attitudes towards challenges that come with independent study and became more mature.
Studying Mathematics has helped me develop my ability to approach problems systematically and logically. It has improved my ability to analyse and solve problems, as well as disciplined me to think logically about problems, using appropriate steps to arrive at the solution. In this regard, my passion for studying Mathematics has not only helped me to tackle challenging problems in the other academic fields I study but also in real life situations.
By studying Economics at A-level I have developed my ability to understand models made with some simplifying assumptions to give practical insights into the complex real world. Besides, it has made me understand that there is rarely a right answer to any economic situation but backing up arguments with concrete quantitative evidence gives clarifications and credibility to answers. Indeed, the subject has sharpened my ability to critically evaluate information and provide well-structured arguments.
Accounting has taught me how the complexity of business operations is summarised in financial statements that convey much information about the strength of a business and its profitability. It involves a different way of looking at economic activity by expressing it in terms of assets, profitability, and liquidity. Although Economics has taught me how the complex activity around us can be summarised in models that simplify the complexity to understand the relationship between various economic factors, Accounting translates the complexity of firms operations into concise numbers. Doing A-level Accounting has developed my ability to understand how accounting statements are produced and what they mean.
Outside academic life, I enjoy travelling and am heavily involved in sports, with Rugby being my greatest passion. I have been playing since 2008, captaining my school team throughout high school and obtaining several awards playing for school and for the Didsbury Rugby Club. Last year I took up UK American football, playing for the Manchester Titans which earned both regional and national accolades. In addition, I have been working for HMS Host, where I learnt to interact with a variety of different people with different experiences and background.
I am confident skills I have picked up, such as; determination, discipline and the ability to work with different types of people, will help me succeed in University. In turn, the skills I will pick up during university will help me fulfil my career ambitions.