My International Baccalaureate Diploma allowed me to explore my existing interests in human biology, biochemistry and human development. However, it was not until I attended a talk at the Royal College of Surgeons in London I realised the significance of biomedical science in underlying the foundation to support and advance new medical treatments. It is this and ultimately being able to improve a patient’s quality of life that drives my passion for biomedical science. Hence, after my biomedical science degree, I hope to further specialise in dentistry. I have shadowed the founding and current president of the Society for Paediatric Dentistry in Singapore, I found it fascinating to learn about the microbial process, lead by Streptococcus mutans, of caries development in deciduous teeth and how this affected the growth of subsequent, permanent teeth. At the Royal College, I learnt how to perform skin suturing and how to perform keyhole surgery using a Laparoscopic simulator, emphasising to me the phenomenal complexities of the human body. My work experience has not only made me appreciate the multidisciplinary profession of medicine but also the many different facets of the biomedical sciences, from genetics to pharmacology and their significance in human disease.In 2012, I volunteered with my peers to go to Chiang Rai, Thailand to teach English and Physical Education to children aged six to twelve. This opportunity not only improved my leadership capabilities in the classroom, but also my communication and teamwork skills, when liaising with the other teachers. I also volunteered to care for the elderly, taking them to the Southeast Asia (SEA) aquarium. I enjoy the altruistic nature of volunteering, one must also be compassionate and empathetic when caring for the elderly. These experiences, have shaped me into a more patient, compassionate and sociable person.I enjoyed applying and expanding the theoretical knowledge of my diploma in our laboratory sessions. Not only did this help to improve my organisational and practical capabilities when planning and carrying out experiments, it aided me in critical analysis of research data. This is an important skill and essential as a biomedical scientist when reading research articles, evaluating methodologies and checking for any potential confounders that may have biased the research. In school I was a student leader, a school ambassador and a student representative for the Singapore UK Association. These roles encompassed a lot of responsibility, my duties included organising events, acting as a positive role model and attending meetings where I had to convey the views of the students on aspects of the school they believe could be improved. This helped me to be a more confident and articulate person. In 2014, I achieved the Edusave Good Progress awarded by the Ministry of Education in Singapore, for my academic performance and good conduct.I am bilingual, fluent in both English and Malay but whilst travelling on my gap year I have gained a greater insight into different cultures that differ from the two of my own. It has given me the opportunity to gain more life experience, to expand upon this I plan to get involved with more volunteer work and start a job in anticipation of going to university.Outside of my studies I like to stay active; I successfully competed in the Swiss sport Tchoukball and Javelin throwing, getting podium positions in local events. This developed my discipline and time management required to balance sport and school commitments. I also enjoy horse-riding; I find this to be a useful way to cope with stress and pressures of studies. I plan to continue being active and get involved in sport at university, it will also be a great way to socialise and meet new people. I believe my life experiences so far have given me the best chance to cope with social aspects and academic rigour required at University. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead!