Hi everyone, my name is Chu and I am a final year student at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore studying Biological Sciences.
I have been offered an MPhil in Medical Science (Clinical Neurosciences) at the University of Cambridge for this October 2020. Unfortunately, the tuition fees are expensive as an international student and my study loan would not be able to make ends meet.
Through my undergraduate years, I have developed a strong passion for research. In particular, I am interested in the disease mechanisms of neurological disorders. The MPhil offered by the University of Cambridge allows me to take the first step into research and it really means a lot to me to be able to complete the programme. If the project goes well, I have the opportunity to extend it into a PhD and contribute more to the field.
I spent most of my free time doing laboratory work and performing experiments as an undergraduate. I helped out on a research project which its paper will be published soon. I am also actively involved in my faculty's freshmen orientation camps, where I conducted bonding games and encouraged the freshmen to make their first friends in school.
My parents have been very supportive of me on my graduate plans. Especially because they didn't receive much education, they really hope that I can continue studying given the opportunity. The bank loan will be very taxing on my family and I hope to be able to help on my end. I have been working part-time as a tutor but the income could barely cover my own expenses. I have also been unlucky with the Cambridge funding and Singapore does not offer many post-graduate scholarships.
The MPhil in Cambridge means the most to me. As an aspiring scientist, this is one step closer towards my passion. Any help would be most appreciated. I am very grateful for anyone who has read my story. Thank you.