Is it too much to ask to know what’s not just beyond ourworld, but what’s also a part of it? From the tiniest parts of all matter tothose gigantic collections of interstellar dust and gases called stars andnebulae, there are plenty of things which we still know very little about. Themain principle behind explaining these bodies, however, is Physics, and if wetruly desire to understand the universe as a whole, there is no other subjectwhich can give a better explanation. It is at this moment, that we formtheories, regarding not just the microscopic, but also the macroscopic systemsof matter and that’s where Theoretical Physics comes in. The desire tocontribute to mankind’s knowledge is why I seek to pursue a course inTheoretical Physics to explore the secrets which the universe hides from us.
Hearingabout the confirmation of the Higgs Boson by CERN, the confirmation ofGravitational waves a few years ago, and the discovery of missing Baryonicmatter inspired me to pursue a field which focuses on explaining the unexplainable.However, in order to go deeper into the laws of nature, itis essential that one develops a strong academic base. To this end, I havedemonstrated consistent academic performances in Physics and Mathematics, beingthe 2nd ranked student in in 11th grade and 1stranked in the 12th grade first and midterm tests. At the same time,an aspiring Physicist must be open to input from various fields, and it was myattendance for the FENS 2016 Copenhagen conference during the InternationalBrain Bee 2016 Neuroscience competition which taught me so.
I was particularlyinspired by a keynote speaker who was a physicist as he helped draw parallelsbetween Physics and Neuroscience and understand that it was the same desire forinnovation and discovery which motivated me to participate in a Neurosciencecompetition in spite of having interests in Physics. Considering Mathematicsand Physics, I have continually expressed my interests by being a member of theschool Math team for various competitions (Secured 2nd rank in theRIT Dubai 2017 contest, top 10 in the Mathalon 2017) and a Distinction in theEuclid Contest 2017 along with a UAE Rank 3 for the National Qualifiers for theInternational Physics Olympiad. Over these years of high school, I’ve honed myleadership and collaborative skills too.
I’ve taken initiative by being the Chemistryand Physics project leader along with being the team leader for the 2017 SchoolScience exhibition involving the construction of a cloud chamber. Myparticipation in five Model United Nations conferences with three awards and achairing position in my latest conference (GA-4) involved collaboration withstudents as delegates of different countries in order to tackle crucial globalissues ranging from Chemical Warfare to R2P and taught me to treat everyindividual’s opinion with equal weight, crucial for one who seeks to learn more.Last but not the least, the passion for Physics within myheart hasn’t dimmed down a bit. In order to go beyond high school learning, Ispend a lot of my free time reading articles about the latest Physicsdiscoveries, or learning a new concept every other day from HyperPhysics. Atthe same time, I also read books on scientific thinking such as “Farewell toReality” by Jim Baggott which taught me the importance of adhering toscientific principles while searching for the truth of reality. Creativity hasbeen one of my best friends, and as a result, I always try to ask the questions”What if?” especially when talking about Gravitation and Subatomic particles. Inbrief, I feel as if my passion for new knowledge complements my creativity, andserves as a driving force for my desire to study Theoretical Physics.
I canonly express my hope that I will be able to work towards expanding mankind’sknowledge of the world even if it might take a lifetime, and become aproductive member of the scientific community.