I have an interest and passion for Religious Studies and wish to pursue a degree in Religion to further develop my knowledge, ambition and understanding which I will eventually carry on to a PGCE qualification. By studying Religion and Ethics at GCSE I became fascinated in various world faiths and how religious beliefs affect attitudes, lifestyle and behaviour; this influenced my A' Level choice and at A' Level I have particularly enjoyed the study of Judaism and Buddhism at a much deeper level. My A' Level in Religious Studies has given me an insight into how Orthodox Jews still manage to maintain Jewish law in the 21st Century and I wish to continue my exploration of world religions in the modern world in Higher Education. I thoroughly enjoyed my Buddhist module and I believe that the teaching on Dukkha and Karma are very much relevant to everyone in the 21st Century. I am also a keen philosopher and I have enjoyed debating ultimate question ...view middle of the document...
It has also assisted me in dealing with and understanding moral and social issues, such as racism and homophobia which have also encouraged me to view a variety of different perspectives. English Literature has given me the skill of being able to analyse various writings in great critical detail and I have gained the ability to write critically and employ relevant textual evidence which has helped me to gain an understanding of literary works from various time periods. The books I have studied in English also deal with social issues and morality, of which I have enjoyed and they have also expanded my religious knowledge as the play ‘Dr. Faustus’ deals with Heaven, Hell, belief in God and the Devil.
During my Year 10 Work Experience, I spent two weeks working at the Queens Hotel in Leeds. I did this to improve my communication skills. This was a challenge as the hotel is used by people from all over the world. Whilst there, I also had the opportunity to learn something about the business management of hotels. During the course of my Sixth Form studies, I have shadowed several teachers so as to gain an understanding of working in a classroom environment; this has been of particular interest for me as I wish to ultimately pursue a career in teaching.
As part of my extracurricular activities, I assisted in a Year 7 tutor group during the course of Year 12. During this, I assisted in organising and running the charity event which was held by the tutor group and it helped to develop my leadership skills in a classroom environment. I am also a member of the debating club which has expanded my ability to understand both sides of an argument. I am also part of the school choir as I thoroughly enjoy singing, and it also assisted in developing my co-operation skills.
In my spare time, I enjoy acting as it builds my self-confidence and it enables me to understand different points of view and how to see things from a different perspective as the character may not have the same views as I. I also enjoy singing. This also helps increase my self-confidence. I am also an avid fan of tennis and I enjoy playing it too. Tennis enables me to learn how to work well with a partner, how to make quick decisions and it increases my hand-eye co-ordination.