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Below is a professionally written sociology personal statement sample. You are advised not to copy it word for word, but to instead use it as a guide.

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"I am a versatile and self motivated student with a dedicated approach to training and academic advancement. As an articulate and astute professional, I can be resourceful in a variety of demanding situations. I posses a reliable and enthusiastic attitude towards responsibility, and am willing to take the initiative where conditions are unpredictable.

As a motivated, confident and results driven individual, I enjoy the challenge of bringing all projects I am involved in to fruition. I can communicate with, and present to individuals of all levels, from fellow students and tutors, right through to work colleagues by using effective methods to get across my ideas and conclusions. An effective logical and methodical thinker, I am able to see the wider picture as well as the detail of the projects I work on.

I posses a proven ability to deliver course work and any tasks I am given to tight deadlines, in a time pressured environment. I get through difficult periods by focusing on solutions rather than problems. I am a great team player, who is flexible, has excellent troubleshooting skills, is quick to hypothesis and remedy defects, and is self-motivated enough to be able to work on my own initiative. Always ready to work in a challenging environment, I believe myself to be trustworthy and diligent with work, as well as a capable team worker and requires minimal supervision.

Sociology as a discipline is unique in its breadth of enquiry and it's relevance to issues of contemporary life. I want to study it because I have always been interested in social questions of inequality, gender, ethnicity, nation, governance and social change. These are issues that affect virtually everyone in society and for me this subject will help me to understand it better, and also provide an opportunity to relate personal experience to academic study. The subject area investigates social life and the way it shapes people's behaviour, beliefs and identity. I feel strongly that by studying the social world, we gain a better understanding of ourselves and our own social situations.

At college I loved the fact that we explored new areas of learning, which is vital in a field like sociology, where everything is always changing. I was taught by vibrant academics in a young, modern department, and investigated the ways in which social life is organised, the social relations, processes and institutions which structure our every day social interactions and experiences.

The A-Levels I chose to study have all helped me to develop both myself and my understanding of the subject. I learnt about the complexity and diversity of social situations, and gained a knowledge and understanding of research methods, analysis and statistical techniques that are needed to making reasoned arguments.

I have applied to your university because I was greatly impressed by your ambitious plans for development across a range of activities and for building an outstanding reputation for academic innovation and achievement. Your programme will give students a thorough grounding in sociology, and the founding discipline of the social sciences. On a visit to your campus I was impressed by its friendly and informal learning environment, and also by the variety of learning approaches employed, which emphasised the development of practical skills in observation, interpretation and information processing, all abilities which are valued by employers. As a student at your university I can assure you that I will do my best to contribute to your esteemed institution and the course itself, by being actively involved in research, publication and any related activities."


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