Applicants shouldsubmit a personal statement as part of the online application. The personalstatement should explain why the candidate is applying to the program and howtheir studies will contribute to the achievement of their personal objectives includinginformation about the applicant’s research interests and achievements (minimumof 300 words, maximum of 500 words). Likea video game, in life, we pass a checkpoint after accomplishing a certain stageand the player takes time to rest, determines the goals he needs to accomplish,and plans the next stage.
This is what university is; a level in a player’slife, and after accomplishing it, one cannot help but think about the nextlevel. Some of these goals are short term, and others are long term. My goals werenot always there, it was not determined until three years ago when I joined aresearch summer program in Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI). There, I worked on my first research project.Even though it was 3 months only, this internship helped me determine my goalsfor the next decade. Becoming a scientist is currently a significant long-termgoal for me. To do so, I must complete Master’s and Doctoral levels with an utmostfocus to finally reach that goal and get one more step towards the end of thisgame.
Everycourse and class I took during my bachelor’s degree made me acknowledge andappreciate scientists. Every bit of information I learned is only the productof long years of research done by people who put their blood, sweat, and tearsto push the current limits further and further, saving many individual livesand improving humanity as a whole. However, these people with all theseaccomplishments, are still underrated and unrecognized by the public.
That iswhy I consider scientists to be heroes like the ones in video games. And I hopeone day I can become one.Theinternship was just the beginning, I have had multiple research experience indifferent modern biological branches ranging from microbiology and biochemistryto bioinformatics. I learned many technical skills as well as expanded myknowledge on these subjects. As tiring and time-consuming as research gets, itis nothing but motivation for me to achieve my goal. During these research projects,I encountered many obstacles, but I considered them to be a learningopportunity. I get excitement and satisfaction when facing and solving theseproblems.
Solving problems helped me leveled up as a character and gainexperience for the next levels and stages of the game.Outof all the research experiences I had so far, biomedical research was the mostinteresting. I found the research related to cancer immunology that I workedon, during the summer of 2015, very intriguing and I’m currently working on thesame field in QBRI.
I owe it to the experiences I went through that I havedecided to dedicate my life to becoming a hero by pursuing the field of biomedicalsciences.