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My interest in studying Philosophy is the embodiment of the
etymology of the word itself, the love of knowledge and nature of life. I have
grown up as an avid reader and have been fond of riddles and problem solving since
my childhood. Over the years, I have grown in inquisition and enjoy exploring
the moral compasses of our species.

My deep interest in philosophy also stems from my
enthusiasm in the books written by Edgar Allan Poe, whose enigma-filled plots
always have underlying philosophies of life. A quote that well represents my
drive to study Philosophy is from Poe’s short story The Gold Bug: “…it may be
well noted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma of the kind which
human ingenuity may not, by proper application, solve”. I strive to offer my
own ingenuity to the world of problem solving, as well as to better understand the
way of thought and questioning, and thought processing.  

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In my study of Literature in English for four years, I
have developed a deeper sense of awareness that the function of the mind is far
more miraculous than it is perceived. The authors and playwrights I have
studied of the 16th century and beyond relate to issues faced by our
world in the 21st century, and appear way ahead of their time. The similarity
between the way of understanding the world then and now, and the way in which I
am able to relate to the beliefs of men who lived centuries before me
fascinates me. It is true that philosophy pushes the boundaries of society and
questions their existence in the first place. My psyche has been influenced by the
awe-inspiring perspective of the immortal playwright William Shakespeare about
this world being a stage and would like to explore why the characters we play
may or may not be interchangeable and illusionary and challenge our
preconceptions.

I also very much stand by Plato’s take on education as
the way to achieve both individual and social justice. I, just as he did,
believe that excellence is virtuous, and this excellence can only be derived
from uncovering the fullest ability of our knowledge. The study of human
decision-making runs through the A Level courses I have opted for: Literature
in English, Economics and Business—each dealing with decisions and their
effects, as well as rationality and emotional intelligence.

My practice of Taekwondo has been invaluable to my
interest in Philosophy. Taekwondo is a way to achieve epiphany. The art of
taekwondo has allowed me to identify in myself the nature of all things around
me, and how to coexist peacefully. The principles of Taekwondo echo the Ethics
school of thought, with emphasis on ethical, moral and spiritual guides to
harmonious living with each other. Taekwondo has taught me to explore not only
the power of will of the mind, but also the virtue that is realizing what is
wrong and right. What I can bring to my study of Philosophy from my practice of
Taekwondo is the ability to understand the power of the mind and how courtesy
and strong will power can expand our capability of realization, bringing us
closer to epiphany.

After my graduation from the University, I would like to
become a Surrealism Artist and I believe that the study of Philosophy renders
me a vantage point from where I can unravel the realms of more mentally and
emotionally stimulating art pieces. My leisure reading on the study of
Aesthetics has inspired me to include Philosophy in every art piece I produce
so as to create the kind of art which is truly beautiful, rather than formless.
My usual subject choices for my paintings are candid human beings because of
the extensive observation involved in doing unlike the usual landscapes or
still life, or posed portraits. I prefer to capture still moments in buzzing
life, a significant moment in the lives of people. With the support of the deep
insight into Philosophy, I hope to be able to create artworks that stimulate more
questioning about life and the love of learning.

Having held the great responsibility of the School Captain
for the session 2017-18 and the Prefect of the Topaz house for two years, I
have gained the experience of organizing many events such as Debates, Model
United Nations Conferences, African Union Day, School Annual Day, Graduation Days
and school assemblies in the school under the guidance of my teachers. The role
of a leader has nourished my skill of event management. I have also helped the
school community by collecting feedback on the development of facilities and
bridging the gap between the teachers and the students. I have also assisted
the art teachers to hold art exhibitions and the music teacher to organize the
Musical Night.

All these novel experiences have boosted my morale and I
am very optimistic about my ability to study Philosophy in your esteemed
university and commit myself for the welfare of the humanity.