Communicating with people and building a rapport, and how you do it, has always been interesting to me, which is the reason I chose psychology and sociology as two of my A-Level subjects. From psychology, I enjoy learning about human behaviour and the reason people behave in the way they do. I enjoy studying the criminal area of psychology as this provides me with an understanding of how social and biological factors can influence the decisions made by criminals. I believe that university can help me develop my knowledge further, as I would love to study this more in-depth. It has been intriguing to think about different studies of the way behaviour is affected, for example, Milgram’s study of obedience, where there are situational factors to be considered as to a reason why most participants were prepared to give someone an electric shock. In sociology I have found that, according to Anne Oakley, a feminist, there were four ways in which children were socialised into gender roles: canalisation, verbal appellations, manipulation and different activities .This was the idea that the family channels children’s interests that are seen as stereotypically acceptable through primary socialisation. This links with psychology because the nurture side of the debate supports the view that environmental factors such as family and peers influence behaviour. But it has also been interesting to see how you can study different aspects of children’s behaviour. I recently saw a BBC programme which suggested that children’s brains develop differently because of their experiences of being brought up differently. In psychology I have studied Casey et al’s research into the use of fMRI scans to determine whether a person is a low delayer or high delayer, and how far they might be able to resist temptation. I apply what I study in psychology to my everyday life. For example, volunteering as a literacy assistant at a primary school to help children who have special needs and encourage them to overcome difficulties. For instance, children who struggle with dyslexia will struggle to spell and remember difficult words. However, to help overcome them I will create mnemonics to help them memorise spelling the words. I encourage the children to create pictures to match words. Also, include fun games to encourage children to read and spell challenging sentences. This is related to psychology as I have the opportunity to learn and teach children with similar disabilities that I currently study in psychology. As part of my course I completed a conservation experiment in my local primary school with a group of other students which enabled me to develop my researching skills. I was able to work as a team as part of the practical, whilst analysing the strengths and weaknesses of different research techniques.In addition, during my time as a sales advisor, I have had the opportunity to work with others and grow when problem-solving. This has exercised my ability to reach targets and deadlines, whilst being a punctual member of the team.One of my main motivations for studying psychology is being able to care for others and be a positive influence in people’s lives. This is because I would like to become a clinical psychologist in the future so that I can help others whilst doing something I love. Therefore, I would like the opportunity to study psychology at your university as I believe this would be a great platform for me to broaden my knowledge and skills of different areas of the course. Understanding human behaviour encourages me to help others which is something I hope to do at a professional level in the future.