Geography is the study of the interactionbetween human population and natural environment, which encompasses a vast range of topics from Earth’slandscapes and natural hazards, to globalization and sustainability. Theextensive range of issues captivates me due to my thirst for knowledge, discoveringnew things and the benefits that come from them. I commit to studyingGeography, for its academic value, my personal interest, and more importantly,it paves the route to my future. Geography has always been a keeninterest of mine; therefore, I took Geography as one of my elective subjects toenrich my knowledge, but it was a visit to YellowstoneNational Park that initially sparked my enthusiasm for environmental studies.
I enjoyed exploring the Grand Prismatic Spring, whose magnificentcoloration never fails to amaze me. I marvel at thevolcano’s power rising in fumaroles, mud pots and geysers, as well as thediversified wildlife. Theseextraordinary scales of geothermal features posed many questions: where hadthis discovery been made and, more intriguingly, how had they formed? My wishto find out more about these landforms and rocks that shelter the intricatebeauty started my interest in geography. The presentation of environmentalissues in the media has also cultivated my interest in Geography. Understandingissues influencing our planet such as climate change, poverty, pollutionpandemic 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 someinsights into conserving our planet’s finite resources. My interested in these issues ledme to read articles in periodicals such as National Geographic, The Economistand The Guardian. JorgeDomínguez’s article on investigating the use of vermicomposting for sustainableagriculture in less developed countries intrigued me. One measure used allowsfarmers to produce organic compost through low-technology and environmentally-friendlyprocess, which is a sustainable alternative to current farming techniques. Havingattained the magnificent 7 billion mark, it is vital that we develop a moreharmonious relationship between population and planet if both are to survive.Further study of a related subject will enable me to tackle these imminentproblems.
Inaddition to my studies, I have been involved in a range of fieldwork,which have enabled me to reinforce my geographical techniques. Hong Kong’sgeographical features provided as with a fascinating insight into a remarkable andunique way of life. In visiting mangrove swamps and tombolo first hand, I had atotally different learning experience from what I can see in textbooks. Also, studyingBiology, Chemistry and Mathematics have provided a scientific base for my loveof 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. Alongwith Geography, I am also keen on sports. I am an extrovert person and as themember of school swimming and athletic team, it is the ideal setting forme to develop my teamwork and communication skills, as well as my confidence.
Through competitions, I learnt to be persistent to overcome failures and staypositive when facing adversity. While this requires a considerable amount ofdetermination, effort and time, especially as it runs parallel with HKDSE, ithas taught me how to be self-disciplined and manage my time effectively. Societyis ever-changing, and study of Geography holds the key to the world’sproblems. It does not only sharpen my knowledge, but it also gives me a realinsight into how the Earth functions. Stepping up to degree level has long beenmy ambition and I am looking forward to the challenges that I will encounter. Ianticipate an exciting and very important experience whilst studying Geographyat university.