I have always wanted to understand more about the world, about the different people, civilisations, states and the reasons for government decisions, political conflicts and shifts in power. I believe studying a BA in Politics and Philosophy is the first, and crucial, stepping stone in achieving this dream.
My interest in politics and philosophy stems from my meeting with the current Bengali Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Meeting Sheikh Hasina developed my interest in current political affairs and led me to engage in political activities and encouraged me to become a member of the Labour Party. I followed up my political interests by attending numerous conferences including one in which Ed Milliband gave a speech on young people and tuition fees and one on the ‘Arab Spring’. It was the ‘Arab Spring’ conferences, articles and reports where my interests in politics and philosophy were brought together and was the final factor for my application to study BA Politics and Philosophy. On the politics side, the ‘Arab Spring’ highlights the potentially devastating effects that oppressive leaders can have and how uprisings can spread from country to country in a domino effect. On the philosophical side, the US and Europe are trying to force “Western Values” onto these Arab countries as, for example, the West are trying to replace the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights with the UN Human Rights.
My A-levels have given me the necessary skills to study politics and philosophy at university. Geography has given me theoretical foundations and global perspectives to help me build my understanding of politics. Creating and studying different case studies in geography has also advanced my research skills and ability to source and examine information thoroughly. Philosophy has developed my skills to look at both sides of an argument, for example, the benefits, critiques and hypothetical workings of Utilitarianism. I am now able to critically analyse evidence and construct coherent arguments in order to present my own strong and cohesive point of view. Philosophy has also developed my written and oratory skills. Currently I am studying political philosophy and this has reinforced my desire to take these studies onto university. In maths I successfully work independently to complete homework on time and engage in further study. All my skills including meeting deadlines, essay writing, independent work and team work are extremely proficient and these, I believe, are essential to successfully studying at university.
Additionally, I have participated in extracurricular activities. These include, being involved in many official debates in school including one titled ‘Do video games cause violence?’ and these have necessitated my team working skills to successfully win the debates. Between 2011-12, I was a sales assistant for a clothes store on Oxford Street; this further developed my time management skills. Furthermore, in 2012 I volunteered to raise money for the charity Islamic Relief, as I feel I have to give back to the community. Moreover, I participated in two protests in 2011, one on tuition fees and the other on the recent Israeli Palestine conflict. Also, in my spare time I enjoy organising and playing football as well as reading the Economist and the writings of famous philosophers such Hume and Plato.
My meeting with Sheikh Hasina was set up by my uncle who has been affiliated with her party since his youth. My uncle became the president of the Juboleague; a Bengali youth organisation who represent the Bengali Prime Minister in the UK. This organisation gave me the opportunity to enter the political arena and set up meetings for the Juboleague all around the UK. My aim is, not only to emulate my uncle’s achievements, but to go to university and study politics and philosophy to build my career in politics. My interests, skills and experience make me the perfect candidate, I believe, to study politics and philosophy at university.