My interest in the study of history dates back to my early days at Queen Elizabeth II High School, Isle of Man. I was fascinated by the study of the Roman Empire that I undertook during my first year. Fuelled by enthusiastic teaching my interest developed, and I became particularly interested in my GCSE history course that was concerned with the Cold War period. My interest in modern political history has continued into the sixth form, and, in particular, the breakdown of communism in the USSR and Eastern Europe, and area that I intend to explore in my Extended Essay.
The breadth that the I.B. offered attracted me and I applied for and obtained a scholarship to Gigglesworth College, one of the few U.K.
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My enjoyment of these and other books has led me to apply to read history at university. My interest in historical study has also been stimulated by my Theory of Knowledge course, a study of philosophy and of the way in which Knowledge has developed. I have been able to investigate the writings of Karl Marx from a philosophical point of view. It is this type of study that makes the IB such a positive and different course, and from a personal viewpoint, I have found the IB to intellectually stimulating and my academic interests have certainly expanded during the past year.
I also enjoy debating and I am a keen member of the Gigglesworth College debating society where I have been able to sharpen my historical arguments and skills. I was recently invited to join the Wheeler-Bennett society - a society which allows pupils to exchange ideas and present group discussion papers. My paper on Democracy increased my knowledge of political matters and enabled me to defend my views in open forum. Also, my abilities in history were recognised at Gigglesworth when I was awarded the Martin History prize at the end of my first year.
I was elected Head of House after two terms. I enjoy sport and have participated in 1st team Rugby, Cricket