Geography environmental studies. I enjoyed exploring the Grand

Geography is the study of the interaction
between human population and natural environment, which encompasses a vast range of topics from Earth’s
landscapes and natural hazards, to globalization and sustainability. The
extensive range of issues captivates me due to my thirst for knowledge, discovering
new things and the benefits that come from them. I commit to studying
Geography, for its academic value, my personal interest, and more importantly,
it paves the route to my future.

 

Geography has always been a keen
interest of mine; therefore, I took Geography as one of my elective subjects to
enrich my knowledge, but it was a visit to Yellowstone
National Park that initially sparked my enthusiasm for environmental studies. I enjoyed exploring the Grand Prismatic Spring, whose magnificent
coloration never fails to amaze me. I marvel at the
volcano’s power rising in fumaroles, mud pots and geysers, as well as the
diversified wildlife. These
extraordinary scales of geothermal features posed many questions: where had
this discovery been made and, more intriguingly, how had they formed? My wish
to find out more about these landforms and rocks that shelter the intricate
beauty started my interest in geography.

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The presentation of environmental
issues in the media has also cultivated my interest in Geography. Understanding
issues influencing our planet such as climate change, poverty, pollution
pandemic and more has fueled me with a desire to create sustainable living.
Studying Geography allows me to appreciate the Earth as our homeland and it gives me some
insights into conserving our planet’s finite resources. My interested in these issues led
me to read articles in periodicals such as National Geographic, The Economist
and The Guardian. Jorge
Domínguez’s article on investigating the use of vermicomposting for sustainable
agriculture in less developed countries intrigued me. One measure used allows
farmers to produce organic compost through low-technology and environmentally-friendly
process, which is a sustainable alternative to current farming techniques. Having
attained the magnificent 7 billion mark, it is vital that we develop a more
harmonious relationship between population and planet if both are to survive.
Further study of a related subject will enable me to tackle these imminent
problems.

 

In
addition to my studies, I have been involved in a range of fieldwork,
which have enabled me to reinforce my geographical techniques. Hong Kong’s
geographical features provided as with a fascinating insight into a remarkable and
unique way of life. In visiting mangrove swamps and tombolo first hand, I had a
totally different learning experience from what I can see in textbooks. Also, studying
Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics have provided a scientific base for my love
of geography. They help me when I need to establish hypotheses and analyze data.
It also helps me to think logically and how to solve problems.

 

Along
with Geography, I am also keen on sports. I am an extrovert person and as the
member of school swimming and athletic team, it is the ideal setting for
me to develop my teamwork and communication skills, as well as my confidence.
Through competitions, I learnt to be persistent to overcome failures and stay
positive when facing adversity. While this requires a considerable amount of
determination, effort and time, especially as it runs parallel with HKDSE, it
has taught me how to be self-disciplined and manage my time effectively.

 

Society
is ever-changing, and study of Geography holds the key to the world’s
problems. It does not only sharpen my knowledge, but it also gives me a real
insight into how the Earth functions. Stepping up to degree level has long been
my ambition and I am looking forward to the challenges that I will encounter. I
anticipate an exciting and very important experience whilst studying Geography
at university.