Commonwealth Personal Statement
Please supply a personal statement, of no more than 500 words, that summarises the ways in which your personal background has encouraged you to want to make a contribution to development in your country. You should indicate areas in which you have already contributed, such as in overcoming any personal or community barriers to higher education
Like Nelson Mandela said in one of his quotes, that "the determination to succeed will bring the power to overcome any challenge", my resolution to succeed in the face of life's terrible circumstances has been an invaluable ingredient in my strive for excellence and the betterment of others.
Having being born into a family of six that relied on a limited financial resources for survival, I had quickly learnt the moral etiquette of appreciating the little things I have while making efforts to get more - an important lesson which has helped me to comfortably withstand the pressure that came with growing up among wealthier contemporaries. Due to the meagre family income, I was enrolled in one of the private secondary schools, which offered the cheapest school fees, at the outskirts of town. More so, the constant delay in the payment of my mother's salary was a huge barrier which affected my class attendance, as I missed many classes due to delayed payment of my tuition fees, and was only availed by the home tutorials conducted for me by my brothers, coupled with my strong academic competitive trait, to catch up with class works. However, the drive to work for the betterment of others wasn't ignited in me until my fourth grade. My dad, together with other employees across the country, had just lost his job to an unreasonable compulsory retirement, which subsequently led to my withdrawal from school due to the paucity of funds. (...)
(...) I developed a lot of concern for the indiscriminate waste disposal by residents into a small stream which ran through the community. The stench which oozed from the huge waste pile made breathing fresh air almost difficult.This consistently raised a question in my mind - how do I address the unconscious threat to the environment?
The first year of my (...) environmental safety club. Moreover, my involvement with the environmental safety club brought the realisation of the exigency of environmental issues intervention in Nigeria and the invaluable requirement of an advanced knowledge for purposeful impact on the environment.
As a way of developing (...) across the globe. I worked with the Environmental Community Outreach (ECO) group of the initiative to propagate, in communities, through organized seminars and lectures, the need for an eco-friendly environment in facilitating a healthy human lifestyle.
Conclusively, I have (...), my plans to make purposeful impact on the environment will only be a "pipe dream" without a financial aid.