In brief...

I'm a Nature-lover, aspiring conservationist, and wannabe traveller in search of outdoor adventure.
My interests vary from conservation to education to heritage to Nature (biodiversity & wildlife) to outdoor activities to life in general.
They occupy most of my waking moment.
Do read my blogs, follow me on Twitter (@jocelynesze) and friend me on Facebook (subject to my discretion). Visit my Nature blog, Nature Rambles, at http://natureramble.wordpress.com.

UPDATE 2 Apr 2017 - This site is no longer maintained, please visit jocelynesze.wordpress.com if you're interested in more recent writing.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

3 years ago...

Time flies. It's really hard to understand how I got to this stage, when I'm in my final year of university. In some ways, I've changed so much, and in others, I'm still the exactly the same.

Three years ago, I was applying for university. I was applying for the Jardine scholarship. Now, I'm applying for graduate studies. I'm applying for various scholarships, including the Gates Cambridge scholarship. It's really insanely competitive, way way more so than Jardine. They also require a personal statement, fairly similar to Jardine, only they actually have a word limit. (They also require you to be really smart, which I doubt I am). Finding myself at a loss of how to compose a coherent life story explaining why I deserve the scholarship, I decided to re-read my personal statement for Jardine (since that got me somewhere, right?). It was a really straight forward chronology of my life, I think. So much detail, it even mentions things I've completely forgotten about. I mean, since there was no word limit, I might as well go all out and tell them my life story right? :P And I know I've changed, over the past two years here, in so many ways, but if that personal statement I wrote three years ago was a snapshot of my true core being then, then I am still exactly the same.

However, I want to study biology, specifically ecology and conservation biology...
Hence, I aspire to be a conservationist, to do research, education and advocacy...
I want to ensure that the Earth and its precious biological resources will last as long as possible, and that future generations will be able to enjoy Nature and know about their natural heritage...
With my background and experience in community service learning, leadership and outdoor activities, I believe I will be able to make a tangible difference in conservation issues and help preserve our natural heritage and precious resources.
I still want to study ecology and conservation biology, I still aspire to be a conservationist, I still want to ensure our natural capital isn't completely decimated by us, I still believe I can make a tangible difference.

Of course, this 'happy outlook' in life contrasts with the depressed/depressing previous few posts. But I guess you just have to look at the overall trend and not the daily ups and downs. Also, it helps that I just went climbing at The Castle, and though it was a meagre two hours, climbing allows me to completely forgot about my (undone) work and worries (: Though by the end of it, instead of saying I want to just quit school and be a baby sitter and play with little kids all the time (which was the state I was reduced to by the end of lectures today), I was saying I should have sidelined A levels and gone all out for climbing. All in jest, of course, as my personal statements should attest...

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