Having had a successful six-year career in the Royal Navy, it may seem a little unusual that I2 am now applying to study Economics and History. Following initial training at Britannia Royal3 Naval College, Dartmouth, I was appointed to the role of Royal Navy logistics officer. As a4 logistics officer, you’ll always have been one step ahead of global operations and naval5 functions, as you manage six months’ worth of equipment and supplies. I enjoyed specialist6 training at the Defence Maritime Logistics School eventually being promoted to the role of7 Lieutenant Deputy and being deployed around the world. Within a few years though, I realised8 that my role was insightful, and hands-on physical, but not a long-term career prospect and9 decided to pursue further study in Economics and History with the wealth of experience and10 knowledge I had gathered. United in their drive to understand how societies function and11 develop, they can be highly complementary disciplines.12 13 During my deployments, I have worked in the USA, Belgium, Holland, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq,14 Afghanistan and UAE. I was often living in places of immense economic uncertainty which15 sparked my curiosity to examine the rationale of consumers, firms and governments. Newspaper16 headlines around the world introduced me to the economic influence on everything we do and17 think. The severity of the disparity in the problems I encountered globally from a financial18 crisis to poverty attracted economic study to me. The idea of using Economics to improve19 people’s lives is thrilling. When I was a ‘normal age’ student, my passion for mathematics was20 born from an appreciation of the significance of maths in assisting me in my Naval ambitions.21 More recently, I privately studied my A Levels in Maths to explore the quantitative methods,22 which make economic theory more rigorous. An example of this is using trigonometry to model23 scenarios that allow informed predictions. My recent A-level studies in Maths, History and24 Economics have confirmed my commitment to academia and encouraged me to challenge and expand25 upon my perceptions of the subjects. My study of history allowed me to gain quantitative26 insights through the use of new tools of analysis. My economic research always had historical27 awareness at the forefront to identify any theories or patterns.28 29 I am fascinated by the role of the individual within the full events of history. From the30 accounts of soldiers in the trenches of WWI in ‘The Soldier’s War’ by Richard Van Emden to the31 work of leading historians, such as Stephen Turnbull and Hague’s biography of Pitt the32 Younger. His knowledge of today’s politics and the politics of previous centuries helped me to33 bridge the gap between the two. Another book that stood out to me was “Development as34 Freedom”, Amartya Sen, in which he challenged the use of conventional economic theories35 involving the connection between money and welfare and the balance of philosophy and economics36 37 I hope to pursue a career in academia within Economic History. In addition to my experience in38 the Navy. To ensure I have knowledge and understanding of Economics and History in relation to39 the global world. I focused on volunteering with organisations within my local community,40 which focused on social mobility and the impact of economic distress. I worked for The Princes41 Trust for the Enterprise programme equipping low-income youths with the training, financial42 and mentoring support they need to start their own business. I also did an internship in43 December 2017 as a policy assistant for world’s leading private investors in infrastructure;44 GIIA. I provided support to ensure that GIIA is well-positioned as the authoritative voice of45 the sector within the UK and international regulatory and policy communities. Outside of46 academics and my career, I enjoy several hobbies such as amateur theatre and snowboarding. I47 have taken part in many productions with the Royal Navy Amateur Theatre Association.