To fly an aeroplane full of people who have entrusted their souls upon your bare hands would be for me the most fulfilling and satisfying feeling I could ever hope to imagine. Ever since the age of four when I first flew on an aeroplane I have been captivated as to how these behemoths can glide at ease.
My aspiration to learn to pilot aircraft stems from a mounting enthralment of the air transport industry, as well as wanting to comprehend how an aircraft flies the way it does. As Richard Bach writes, â€œYou will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment you touch the perfect speed. And that isn't flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfect speed, my son, is being there.â€ (â€˜Jonathan Livingston Seagullâ€™, 1970). This, I believe, illustrates the exclusive feeling that the prospect to fly an aeroplane professionally will offer me. Currently studying Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) at college, I am naturally intoxicated by technological advancements. I feel that alongside the light-bulb, internet and space shuttle, aircraft are one of the more awe inspiring creations of man.
I have always been an energetic individual taking pride in my extra-curricular achievements. At Ashford High School I was the captain of the school's cricket team for 3 years as well as an active member of the football team. I also have a devoted interest in swimming, badminton, trampolining, aerobics and weight-training, all of which I am able to regularly participate in at my local gym. In the summer of 2004 I was selected by my high school to participate in a team-building course taught by the British Army for one week. I believe that by having carried out these activities, I have not only developed new skills, but have also gained the ability to work as a leader whilst being able to create an aura of trust and confidence in a cohesive unit.
I consider myself to have a strong personality, whilst also being able to be exceptionally accommodating and understanding. I was selected to be a Prefect at my high school and had been elected several times to give speeches at open evenings in front of prospective students and their parents. From these experiences I learnt to take command of situations and the ability to informatively speak to an audience. I have also mentored younger pupils at the school, helping them to acclimatise to new surroundings.
My mental strength and self-belief were tested when I was diagnosed with cancer in early 2005. Despite losing almost two years of my life due to the treatment and after-effects of chemotherapy, I learned a lot about myself through this time. I forever remained positive and believed in myself to overcome the disease and as a result am a better person. I freshly turned twenty and am taking pleasure in furthering my studies at college. Never before have I been more determined, focused or happier in life than I am right now.
I appreciate that a profession of flying commercial airliners is exceptionally intricate and challenging. I am however ready to put in all the time and effort that is crucial to carry out such a demanding and responsible duty with pride. I look forward to the day that I can begin my career and do what I have always wanted to...fly.
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