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Subject: Successful Princeton Applicant Through all of my accomplishments and disappointments, I have always been es pecially proud of the dedication and fervor I possess for my personal belief s and values. Unfortunately, it has often been difficult for me to remain ou twardly firm and confident in a town where most people think alike and rejec t exceptions. Whenever I have expressed my position as a pro-life advocate, peers have badgered, accused, and ridiculed me for simply believing in somet hing that they scorn. Despite all the pressure, I never waivered from my bel ief, yet I became frustrated and began to lose the courage to publicly expre ss my opinion on this controversial topic. To gain some insight and reassura nce for myself, I attended the New Jersey Right to Life Convention in the sp ring of 1995. This experience uplifted me and offered great inspiration and enlightenment. At the convention I received an overwhelming amount of suppor t and encouragement from wonderful people who advocate the very principles I believe in. This convention was so inspiring that the next day in school I was able to relate my experience to one of my biggest opponents on the subje ct. Also, the abundant information available at the convention enabled me to defend my position on abortion more effectively. Attending this convention accomplished two things. It proved my commitment to my belief, in that I too k the initiative to strengthen and support my opinion, refusing to give up o r lose heart. Unlike many others, I was eager and willing to gain new knowle dge so I may successfully promote my belief to others. In addition, this con vention invigorated my confidence to stand up for what I believe in and taug ht me to never lose the courage of my convictions

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Subject: Succesful Cornell Applicant Tell us about opinion have you had to defend. How has this affected your bel ief system? I chuckle to myself every time I think about this. I am perceive d as a mild-mannered, intelligent individual until I mention that I am invol ved in riflery. It is interesting to watch someone’s expression change. It i s as if I instantaneously grew a pair of horns and a sharp set of claws. Bel ieve me this gets worst; I am a member of the NRA. I try to tell these folks that I belong to the NRA to fire my rifle. "Oh my God! You fire real guns? with real bullets?!?" they remark with a perplexed look on their face. Besid es having horns and claws, I now possess a tail and leathery wings. This is how it began five years ago. I had played on a soccer team for several years . As I grew older I began having difficultyplaying soccer because of shortne ss of breath. I was diagnosed as having mild asthma which ended my soccer ca reer and eliminated my participation in most physical sports. Shortly afterw ard, during a Boy Scout summer camp, I participated in riflery at their shoo ting range. This was the first time I had ever touched a firearm. To my amaz ement, I won the camp’s first place award for marksmanship. I was more than eager when a friend of mine asked me if I would like to join a shooting club . My parents were wary when I asked to join the rifle club. My mother feared guns, but my father felt there was no problem with trying this sport. Grate fully, he gave me the opportunity totry rifle marksmanship, despite secretly hoping that I would quit. Both of my parents were afraid of what people wou ld think about their son’s involvement with guns. Like my parents a majority of people believe that all firearms are dangerous to our society. All they

remember are the hysterical news releases of street violence and injured chi ldren.I am often asked how many deer I’ve shot. Frankly, I couldnever bring myself to injure another living creature and neitherwould most of the compet itors I have met. Yet, I keep finding myself defending the sport from all of the misconceptions that surround it. Most people have developed a negative impression of the sport and I have found that these prejudices are difficult , if not impossible, to rectify. Because of this conflict, I have become an open minded individual. I express my opinions without reservation, and I hav e learned to accept opinions and viewpoints contrary to my own. I do not int end to alter what I enjoy because of the ignorance of friends and acquaintan ces. If people have a negative view of me simply because of the sport I am a ctive in, then they must be so superficial that they cannot see the person w ho I really am. I am no longer apprehensive of being perceived as a gun toti ng, trigger happy fanatic, even though I still endeavor to educate my friend s and relatives on the beauty of this sport.

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Subject: East Asian Studies It’s not often that a kid growing up in small-town New Mexico strikes up a p assion for Chinese civilization. Nevertheless, my interest in different cult ures flourished during my childhood and adolescence in New Mexico. The beaut y and breathtakingly scenic landscape of this state is enriched with the pro nounced cultural diversity brought about by Pueblo, Hopi and Navajo nations and a large Hispanicpopulation that represents close to 50% of state. When I was in kindergarten I attended a bilingual school in Lemitar, a small town in southern New Mexico. Most of the children at this school were Hispanic. T his allowed me at a very early age to experience a language and culture diff erent from mine. My father has always had a keen interest in people from oth er countries and cultural backgrounds. As a librarian, my father has always encouraged me to read not only Western Philosophy, but Eastern Philosophy as well. In addition, he inspired me to see life from a different perspective. To a large extent, and by most definitions, I have always been a non-traditi onal and unconventional student. I went to a high school with a curriculum t hat was as challenging for me as any course I have taken in college. This hi gh school was unique because we studied everything from the origin of Wester n Civilization to modern-day Western thought. Another unique feature of this school was that at the end of our senior year we had to give an oral presen tation in front of a host of panelists from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This experience helped me develop my ability to think critically and present a cogent thesis. It forced me to grow not only as a student, bu t more importantly, as an individual.When I graduated from high school I reb elled against traditional education and decided not to apply to college. Thi s decision was to the great dismay of my parents, who had entered college im mediately after high school. With much resistance, I enrolled at Santa Fe Co mmunity College. This was just to satisfy my parents’ wishes, and I spent on ly one semester there. Although I wanted to study and continue to learn, I y earned to reach out to people and find a different mode of study -- one whic h would allow me to understand myself better so that I could relate better t o the world around me.With this goal, I decided to attend the New Mexico Aca demy of Massage and Advanced Healing Arts. The school provided me with a uni que mind/body balance that has helped me become a more well-rounded person.

I studied subjects that ranged from Anatomy and Physiology to Yoga and Tai C hi. After graduating, I got a job at the Santa Fe Sport Medicine Institute a s a Physical Therapy Assistant. I used Massage techniques to help people who were injured in auto accidents or sporting events. This type of work allowe d me to directly help people -- the people I massaged told me that the pain they experienced prior to the massage had subsided. Relieving the pains of t hese people nurtured in me a sense of purpose. In addition, it increased my interest in Eastern Philosophy, making me want to learn more about Asia.I be gan to read many classical Chinese texts to further my knowledge about Chine se Philosophy. Soon I developed a profound interest in learning how to read and speak the Chinese language. The opportunities for studying Chinese were very limited, however. At 22,I had saved up some money and now decided to go live in Asia to experience a Chinese culture first-hand, and to learn how t o speak Mandarin Chinese. My desire to go to Asia was spawned by a genuine i nterest in reconciling differences I found between Eastern and Western cultu res. Similarly, I wanted to pursue this experience because it would provide me with a unique opportunity to broaden the perspective I had on the world a s a whole. This is how I ended living in Taichung, Taiwan and visiting mainl and China. When I arrived in Taiwan, I remember getting off the airplane and hearing everyone speaking Chinese. Everything I saw and heard was unfamilia r to me. Seeing a different world made a huge impact on me; I can still reca ll how exotic my environment was. In Taiwan, I went through an intensive Chi nese language immersion program. Slowly I began to feel more comfortable liv ing there, as I learned to communicate with people in Chinese. I was invited to teach English at a private school for children, but I told the school th at I had no teaching experience. The school informed me that if I took a sho rt teaching training class, I would be ready to teach. And they even offered to pay me for the training classes. However, I refused to be paid for the t raining. The school was so impressed by this that after I completed the trai ning, they appointed me director of the English Language program. I was asto unded by the generosity and honesty that I received from the people in Taiwa n.This was a truly remarkable experience. In Taiwan, I lived with a Chinese family. This allowed me to assimilate my culture with the customs and habits of this particular Chinese family. We had long conversations about fundamen tal aspects of Chinese culture and philosophy. The family also brought me to all the Chinese festivals and celebrations. It was in Taiwan that I realize d I must return to college in the United States, and earn a degree in East A sian Studies. After spending a year in Taiwan, I returned to the United Stat es to complete my degree. My time Taiwan taught me so much about myself, and it gave me the perspective to see things from both a Western and Eastern po int of view.Since my return to the United States, my life has seen some exci ting changes. I got married about a year after I returned from Taiwan. My wi fe is originally from Venezuela, and she has introduced a new host of cultur al norms that I am learning about. During my free time I teach my mother-inlaw English. She, of course, insists that I need to attain fluency in both S panish and Chinese. And that is exactly what I am doing. My wife and I are b oth students at Rutgers University, and we share our ambitions, hopes and ex pectation of attending graduate school. Currently I am a senior, majoring in East Asian Studies with a minor in Political Science.The growing importance of Asia as a determining factor in global economy and the increasing intera ction and commerce of the U. S. with China, suggests to me that pursing a ca reer in law would be pertinent and appealing. My knowledge of Chinese cultur e and mastery of the Chinese language would be a very strong asset, and it w ould let me make a significant contribution to the political, commercial and

cultural exchange between the U. S. and Asia.

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Subject: UMass. Amherst Anthropology As a double major in Anthropology and Psychology at the University of Rhode Island, I have gained a strong background in both fields. My background is e specially strong in physical anthropology, my primary field of interest. Phy sical anthropology consumes my life; I do not study it because I find it som ewhat interesting but because I am devoted to it; I want to make it my life. In addition to maintaining a high GPA throughout my college career, and mak ing the Dean 抯 list several times, I have also worked hard as a supervisor a t Brooks Pharmacy for the past five years. Working my own way through colleg e not only demonstrates my determination to gaining a high quality education and the seriousness with which I treat academics, but also attests to my le adership ability, maturity, and responsibility, both as a supervisor and as a student at the University of Rhode Island. My primary goal in applying to your graduate program is to prepare myself for a career in forensic anthrop ology. Interested in furthering the current body of research and in improvin g techniques used in the identification of human remains, I am very committe d to pursuing forensic anthropology and believe your graduate program in ant hropology will provide me with an excellent foundation in the area of physic al and forensic anthropology. With a Masters and Ph.D., I will be well prepa red to lead a very promising career. While I have no doubt the program will push me to my limits, I am confident that I can face the rigorous challenges posed by graduate study and thrive under the demanding environment that adv anced studies entail. From my transcripts, you will see that not only am I a well-balanced student, I actually thrive in rigorous, upper level courses, courses akin to graduate-level courses. Armed with the confidence that I can excel at difficult courses, I believe I can achieve the highest level of su ccess and satisfaction by taking the most demanding graduate program availab le. In addition to my ability to excel in the classroom, I have demonstrate d a proficiency in all aspects of conducting research. Research has become a fundamental part of my college career, and I hope it will become the primar y component of my future. As a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island, I designed a research project entitled "Grooming and Affiliative Behavior in Three Species of Non-Human Primates" under the guidance of Dr. Su Boatright -Horowitz in the Psychology Department at URI. My research proposal gained a pproval from the Institutional Care and Use Committee at URI and at the Roge r William Park and Zoo where the three species of non-human primates (Gibbon s, Sakis, and Lemurs) included in my study are kept. In addition to writing a successful research proposal, I also wrote and received a small funds gran t from the University of Rhode Island in order to conduct my research. By be ing intimately involved in every aspect of research, from proposal and grant writing to data collection and analysis, I have learned what it takes to be a researcher, but more than that, I have learned how fulfilling and interes ting research can be.In the spring of 2005,I will be presenting my results a t a poster presentation at the University of Rhode Island, and am planning t o eventually publish my findings. Not only has this experience shown me that I am capable of excelling in conducting research, but it has also allowed m e to develop a love for the hands on learning that is so crucial to successf

ul research. In my final semester at URI, I will be participating in an ongo ing research project concerning brain function and attention span under the direction of Dr. Dominic Valentino, a professor in the psychology department at URI. This project will undoubtedly further advance my academic skills an d reinforce my passion for research.Physical anthropology is more than just my primary area of education; it has also become my hobby and lifestyle. The questions posed and answered via the study of physical anthropology have fa scinated me for a very long time and have stimulated me to ask and seek to a nswer further questions. With my mind set on the very specific goal of prepa ring myself as excellently as possible for a future in the field of forensic anthropology, I am fully confident that, with the ability to pursue my educ ation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I will not only be able to fulfill my dream, but to contribute substantially to the university as well .

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Subject: San Jose State - Environmental Studies Since the release of Rachel Carson 抯 Silent Spring in the 1960 抯, mankind ha s expanded its quest to come to grips with the competing virtues of human ec onomic entropy and of maintaining the integrity and diversity of the natural environment. As awareness of environmental degradation has increased, so ha s the realization of the complexity of interconnected webs of relationships among organisms and the physical and chemical environment. With this awarene ss, we have also come to realize that environmental problems are not easily fixed by simply focusing on a single problem with no analysis of other issue s. This tendency to blindly solve environmental problems without understandi ng the full complexity of the problem was evident in the Environmental Prote ction Agency 抯 (EPA) recent mandate that Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) be a required ingredient in gasoline formulas with the goal of increasing co mbustion efficiency. A fuel oxygenate, MTBE enhances the octane in gasoline and decreases carbon monoxide emission by increasing burning efficiencies. I n its haste to declare MTBE as a required ingredient in gasoline, the EPA fa iled to consider a basic chemical property of MTBE and its long-term effects upon the environment. Because MTBE is highly water-soluble, it dissolves in water, leading to higher concentrations of MTBE in many lakes in the Califo rnia Sierra Nevada mountains and in many groundwater supplies. Hence, by add ressing only one component of a system separately, the EPA failed to see the ramifications of our apparent solution. This myopic approach to environment al remediation commonly subverts our good intentions to solve environmental problems and demonstrates a lack of understanding of how inter-related syste ms work. It is my goal to aid in our understanding of environmental pollutio n on a global scale by not only researching the fate and transport of contam inants, but also by analyzing how our current philosophies and policies affe ct these problems. By applying an interdisciplinary approach to both the spe cific scientific and technical aspects of a problem and by thoroughly analyz ing social and cultural factors, I believe I can more effectively in analyze the true extent of our pollution problem and help to determine an appropria te response.In preparation for this work, my undergraduate degree in environ mental studies has provided me with a solid foundation in both the sciences and state and federal environmental policy. My undergraduate emphasis in haz ardous materials has given me a broad knowledge of the types of chemical rel

eases common in both developed and undeveloped countries and their chemical and physical effects upon the environment. Through graduate and post-graduat e research, I hope to further enhance this knowledge by studying the effects of chemicals commonly used in industry cycles on specific environmental com partments such as bay wetlands and partitioning to other compartments such a s XXXX. In my graduate study, I would also like to expand my undergraduate s tudy of environmental law by increasing my knowledge of the law to the area of land use and its relationship to contaminant fate and transport. In addit ion to my academic background, I believe that my work experience will also p lay a key role in helping me find success in my graduate and post-graduate s tudies. For the last ten years I have held a number of management positions in business. While these positions have not specifically related to environm ental work, the experience has provided me with invaluable insight into how both large and small companies operate. The perspective of business manageme nt is badly needed in the environmental field where time and again we discov er that environmental compliance can best be achieved by understanding busin ess practices and tailoring compliance measures so that companies can remain profitable and be environmentally responsible. In addition to understanding the perspectives of business management, my work experience has provided me with other skills that will contribute to my success in the graduate progra m. In 1986,I founded a retail product/services company, Bay Area Audio, whic h specialized in commercial media center design and installation. As the com pany 抯 president over a six-year period, I was responsible for managing all aspects of operations, including marketing and customer relations. This expe rience provided me with the opportunity to conduct market research to cultiv ate new customers, engage in media relations, grow profitability while maint aining budget accountability, and manage large groups of people. As a result of the marketing campaigns that I developed, revenues increased from $100,0 00 in 1986 to over $2 million in 1991. I believe the experience in market re search and media relations will be particularly helpful in the environmental field since many environmental issues involve public participation.In 1991, I sold my interest in Bay Area Audio to gain experience in the high-technolo gy sector. Since 1991,I have held a number of management positions for compu ter hardware and software companies. This experience has been invaluable in providing me the opportunity to be involved in leading edge Internet softwar e technology. As the main purpose of the Internet and internet-related softw are is to enhance communications, I have played a key role in developing pro ducts that provide people with one of today 抯 most valuable resources - info rmation. Working in this market has also given me the opportunity to manage large software projects involving dozens of people. Of particular relevance to my pursuit of post-graduate environmental studies, is my experience devel oping global scale corporate websites for companies such as Silicon Graphics , UltraTech Stepper, and Philips Semiconductors. These projects involved wor king closely with the particular company 抯 environmental, health, and safety departments to effectively communicate health and safety information to tho usands of employees. I believe that the Internet will be an invaluable tool in both the research and implementation of environmental solutions and that my experience in the computer field will prove invaluable towards this end.I n conclusion, I believe that I have much to offer San Jose State 抯 graduate environmental studies program. To successfully come to grips with environmen tal contamination, we must understand how a specific problem fits within a l arger framework from both an ecological and social perspective. I believe th at the combination of my educational background with my work experience will provide me with the essential tools to substantially contribute to workable

and successful solutions. Given the opportunity to pursue graduate work in environmental studies, I will contribute to effectively bringing new informa tion to light on environmental problems and their solutions, accounting for all related cultural, industrial and environmental factors. Overall, I belie ve that San Jose State can help me achieve my goals by providing the advance d tools and knowledge necessary to focus on environmental problems utilizing an interdisciplinary approach so as to have an overall positive net impact on protecting the environment for generations to come. --

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Subject: Columbia Film Studies East of OmahaI left a secure job and a lifestyle that would have catapulted me into the upper middle class by age 30. I disappointed my family and shock ed my friends, but the applause from the packed auditorium vindicated my dec ision to pursue my passion. At great expense, I decided to follow my dreams, to refuse to be disappointed or discouraged by life. As I reflected on all the difficulties I persevered through in reaching that point in my life, I f elt a hand patting me on my shoulder praising my work. I was born in Omaha, Nebraska on August 28,1972 because my mother slipped on an onion peel while shopping at the local Hinky Dinky Supermarket; the fall induced her labor an d out I popped. In this rather unsophisticated environment, where on Saturda y the second largest city is a packed college football stadium, I somehow de veloped artistic aspirations, but did not have the opportunity to make cultu ral pursuits a major part of my life. At the age of twelve, my father accept ed a job with Levi Strauss and moved the family to Kansas City. At this cruc ial stage in my development, I found the arts fascinating, especially while studying literature in junior high. Unlike the other students who flocked to the hundreds of early eighties Spring Break movies, I developed a discrimin ating taste and longed for the quality I would find in a Stanley Kubrick fil m. At night, tackling Crime and Punishment or watching Dr. Strangelove took precedence over arcades and football.I carried my love for literature with m e when I attended the University of Kansas. I also studied economics, which combined my interests in philosophy, history and mathematics. However, while I studied economics for somewhat practical reasons and never thought of the discipline as compelling enough to devote my entire life to, my interests i n film and music began to mature. Exposed to the unconventional films of Hal Hartley, Mike Leigh, and John Sayles and to the poetic music of Tom Waits a nd Leonard Cohen, I prized their works?brilliant storytelling, and this feat ure inspired my own work and my eventual pursuit of filmmaking.Facing high c ollege loans and a desire to be economically secure, I chose not to pursue m y dreams immediately out of college. I fooled myself into thinking my passio n for filmmaking was just a hobby and that I would be better off pursuing a more 搒 erious?career, one with respect and a high salary. As a result, I too k a secure, comfortable job as a financial analyst just two weeks out of col lege. My family was proud of me, but I was not proud of myself. I quickly be came restless and began to think seriously about film. After much deliberati on, I knew what I had to do; I may have known it all along, but I needed tim e to work up the courage, to make myself determined to succeed. I informed m y mother and father of my decision to move to New York and pursue film, and I saw disappointment in their eyes. Despite my mother 抯 crying and pleading

and my father 抯 clear dissatisfaction, I quit my job, rented a U-Haul, and h eaded east.In New York, I took out a loan and signed up for the New York Fil m Academy’s two-month intensive program. Not applying any of the risk manage ment skills I learned as a financial analyst, I was going for broke, either I would make it, or I would go down in flames. The first day I had my hands on a camera and by the end of the program, I had written, directed, edited a nd produced four films. Both thrilled and humbled by my experience, I got a glimpse of exactly how difficult the craft of filmmaking is. After two month s of dedicated hard work, I had not even scratched the surface of what encom passes becoming a filmmaker, but I had reinforced my love for filmmaking. At this point, I knew I needed additional education to accomplish my goals; I needed to truly push my creative and intellectual limits if I ever I were to master the craft of filmmaking. After seeing the quality, diversity, and pr ofessionalism of NYU graduate student films at a screening last spring, I kn ew NYU could provide me with exactly the skills I need.I find the idea of pa cking 100 strangers in a dark room to watch a piece of film pass through a p rojector to be an incredibly peculiar idea. But in this peculiarity of the a rt lies the miracle, for humans are willing to suspend disbelief and be move d by a character on a screen. The audience can somehow feel what that charac ter feels and learn from that character’s experience. More than just this, f iction also gives the audience the ability to examine different facets of th e human condition. Trust, resentment, affection, flirtation, love, disappoin tment are issues that every human must deal with every day of their lives. T hey are issues that everyone deals with differently. Fiction allows one to e xperiment with putting people in different situations and seeing how they re spond. Writing and directing my own films is my ultimate ambition. I know, h owever, that I am much further along in my development in the art of editing . Siting in the editing room watching every single frame, is one of my passi ons. Every single frame is important, each could change an entire film. Like a mad scientist, with my hair sticking straight up, I work frantically with dozens of sections of film lined up around me. Still, I know where every si ngle section is, every single frame. I spent many hours in the editing room piecing together my last film until I had created something I could be proud of. As the lights turned on and the audience 抯 applause died down, I turned to see who had put his hand on my shoulder. It was Jeanyves, my actor sitti ng next to his admiring and grinning father. He said, "that was beautiful." At that moment, I felt like a filmmaker. I want to feel that way again. Subject: Speech Therapy While my friends are off vacationing, I have other plans for the summer.As s omeone who sees life as one long learning experience, I believe themost sens ible and exciting way I could spend my summer would be byattending Northern Arizona University. This would give me the opportunityto seek my master’s de gree and maintain my position as a speech therapistduring the school year.My background is as diverse as the state I call home. I lived for sevenyears i n the deep south of rural Alabama, where life was very laid-back.Living in A labama gave me a caring and appreciative outlook on life whichwould enhance my personality. Those formative years, especially when viewedin contrast wit h my time in Florida, have given me well-rounded perspectiveon the world. I am a blend of two opposing lifestyles, and my thoughts, ideas and actions re flect this blend.As someone who appreciates geographical diversity, NAU’s lo cation appealsto me immensely. Having lived at sea level in Florida for a lo ng time, Ilook forward to the elevated timberland scenery of Pines and Aspen ssurrounding Flagstaff.My interest in speech therapy stems from my interest in people. I am a"people" person -- I have always enjoyed interacting with m

y peers andsupervisors both in and out of the educational environment. Becau se of mystrong desire to help others as much as I possibly can, I have looke d intovarious ways I could better serve the speech impaired.This is exemplif ied through my diverse volunteer experiences within thefield. Following grad uation from high school, I began volunteering on aweekly basis at Morton Pla nt Hospital. I observed group and individualtherapies such as swallowing, tr aumatic brain injury and several othertherapy techniques ranging from childh ood through geriatrics.While attending University of South Florida in Tampa, I volunteered on aweekly basis with Dr. Carolyn Ford, a professor of Speech Pathology. Myduties included creating and maintaining a research database w hich housedpertinent participant information. Through this experience I beca me morefascinated with the many language disorders in children, and I realiz edthis was an area I wanted to study further. While attending USF, I alsoper formed over 150 hours of volunteer work at Deer Park Elementary School.The i nteraction between the speech pathologist and her students wasimpressive; it was then I realized I would like to work in such a setting.Today, I work as a Speech Therapist for the Pasco County School District atBayonet Point Mid dle School. My responsibilities include co-teaching threelanguage arts class es for the Language Learning Delayed. Additionally, Iwork with the Educable Mentally Handicapped population through co-teach anditinerant therapy. I als o perform pull-out therapy for voice, fluency, andarticulation. I am respons ible for all Individual Education Plans forSpeech-Language students. I organ ize and perform seventh grade mandatoryhearing screenings and referrals, as well as screening and evaluating allspeech-language impaired students.Throug h NAU’s program, I hope to apply the creative and innovativestrategies of my clinical experience to the public school setting.Implementing these strateg ies will be crucial in getting our students onequal footing, since I believe that cookie cutter programs are no longersufficient to address America’s di verse population. Indeed, the order israpidly changing. NAU’s emphasis on th e communicative and learning needsof a culturally and linguistically diverse region would greatly supplementmy knowledge on how to identify and implemen t strategies to enhance andassist this growing population.In summation, I am a good match for NAU because I am a self-motivated, caring person who wants to further my knowledge so that I may enable mystudents to be the best that they can be.

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Subject: Sloan Doctoral Program I have an excellent job with tremendous advancement opportunities. At my wel l-paid job at a prestigious investment bank on Wall Street, my computer scie nce and analytical skills are recognized and lauded. Moreover, I enjoy intel lectual interactions with my Ph.D. colleagues, have many friends, and am app reciated by my managers. Still, I feel a void in my life. While my friends a nd colleagues do not understand my decision to leave my rewarding career, I know that I have no choice if I am to pursue my long-term goal and my childh ood dream: to teach and publish research. While my friends think I am sacrif icing certain career advancement for unnecessary training, I do not act impu lsively, and I am certain that I have made the correct decision. What they d o not understand is that I will derive even greater satisfaction by pursuing a doctoral degree than by earning a higher salary and advancing in my prese nt career. By pursuing a doctorate, I will have the priceless opportunity to

realize my dream.Learning gives me a world of satisfaction and a sense of a ccomplishment. The more I learn, the more fulfilled I feel. I do not learn s olely to apply my knowledge in a practical setting; instead, it is the quest for knowledge and the challenge of learning that motivates me. Originally, I took my current job since I saw it as an invaluable opportunity to further my learning experience. Over the past two years, I have accumulated a good knowledge of Finance. I was introduced to Bayesian Statistics, GARCH process es, and other topics of time series analysis. I also learned how to price vo latility swaps and categorize different optimization tasks. While I never in tended to focus solely on the practical side of finance, nearly all of my wo rk revolves around it. For example, I have done research that forecasted ass ets?expected returns as well as research on a better way to execute a trade. These research opportunities were all results-oriented. I rarely have had t he opportunity to look at the theoretical aspect of finance, like deriving c losed-form solutions to evaluate financial instruments, which I sometimes fi nd interesting. Although I try hard to broaden my knowledge of theoretical f inance by reading finance and econometrics books on my leisure time, I am no t able to test those theories empirically. I long for an environment where I can conduct research merely for the sake of curiosity. A doctoral program w ill definitely provide me with such an environment and allow me to continue my quest for knowledge unconfined by the boundaries of practicality.My desir e to attend the Ph.D. program also stems from a realization that my undergra duate education was only a starting point in learning the necessary finance skills. While my Computer Science and Finance degrees supplied the foundatio n of knowledge for each field and my employment background has allowed me to understand and utilize technical aspects of finance, I have not yet learned the critical skills to improvise when applying finance theories. Specializa tion through the Ph.D. program is crucial, as I have noticed how my colleagu es apply their specific area of knowledge to the understanding of discipline s. For example, one of my colleagues has used his mathematical knowledge to solve a portfolio optimization problem while others have done the contrary, using their finance expertise to help them understand mathematical problems. I seek this level of knowledge in finance, so that I can handle many differ ent problems that might defy the application of standard rulesPerhaps most i mportantly, a Wall Street career is not in line with my long-term career obj ective of teaching, conducting research, and producing research publications that would add value and contribute to my field of specialization. I am dri ven by more than money and the prestige of an excellent career. I also hope to contribute to society; as a professor, I would have the ability to do thi s. An inspired teacher can bring out talents, encourage innovation and nurtu re a new generation of scientists and philosophers. I always want to inspire others in the teaching process in addition to conveying a knowledge of the curriculum.At Sloan, I intend to concentrate in Finance. Finance is the expl anation of rational human behavior reflected in the financial markets. The i dea of maximizing expected return and minimizing risk is simple but breathta kingly powerful in explaining how assets are valued. I enjoy learning about the interaction of economic variables like inflation or interest rates, how the economy works, and how changes of factors like currency return or oil pr ice affects market movement. One of the aspects of finance that I find most interesting is its application of knowledge from other areas of discipline. For example, Brownian motion is used to model and evaluate options while eig envalues and eigenvectors are used to decompose and analyze covariance matri ces. These examples show that finance researchers are able to take advantage of the established knowledge of other fields like Mathematics and Statistic

s and apply them to assist in their research. I also believe that my excelle nt quantitative background makes me well suited to handle finance’s demandin g level of mathematical rigor.MIT could contribute tremendously to my achiev ing my long-term objective. Needless to say, it has an impressive faculty an d a strong academic reputation. But I am most impressed with its quantitativ e approach to finance. MIT combines its strength in engineering and economic s to develop an expertise in finance that focuses on the quantitative aspect . In particular, I am interested in the work of Dr. Andrew Lo, who is a prom inent figure in the area of neural networks and derivative pricing. I am als o attracted to MIT’s small class sizes since it would enable me to work clos ely, share experiences, and exchange ideas with my professors and peers. One line of research I hope to pursue is of the financial market development of emerging market countries. I have always wondered whether established finan ce theory applies to the behavior of developing countries or whether there a re alternative models to explain such market behavior. What should be the ap propriate strategy to ensure stable development in these countries?financial markets? Can the lack of pension funds to support the market be the reason for the huge volatility and low liquidity of the financial markets in the de veloping countries? Are there any common factors driving their market variat ions? Through the Ph.D. program, I hope to find answers to the above questio ns and to conduct extensive research on similar financial market topics.I be lieve there is still much to be explored and studied in finance academia, an d I believe the Sloan doctoral program would provide me with the knowledge n ecessary to understand and apply finance theories, which I could in turn bri ng to my teaching and research career. I am committed and determined to succ eeding at the Ph.D. program, and I am confident I will be able to contribute to the MIT community in my area of interest.

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Subject: Generic Social Work Essay I am applying to (Name of School) for the Masters of Social Work program. My career goal is to work with underprivileged adolescents, especially those w ith a history of behavioral and emotional problems. I have significant backg round in this area; in addition to a full-time position with a recruitment f irm, I am a relief counselor for this target group in a residential treatmen t setting. I want to complement this practical experience with specialized t raining in order to best serve these individuals. My desire for this profess ion springs from the troubles of my childhood. In my youth, I was a ward of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts--in essence, a foster child. Both of my bi rth parents abused me physically and emotionally, prompting the courts to pe rmanently remove me from their power. I subsequently moved through a success ion of foster homes and adolescent shelters. My high school years were there fore highly traumatic; I could not have survived them without the aid of the counselors and social workers that were so kind to me. Yet my problems did not end at the emotional level. I constantly battled financial difficulties in order to graduate high school and embark on a college career. I was essen tially paying my way through college on minimum wage--a monumental task. My first two years of college proved quite difficult because of this. But I per severed, and achieved an overall G.P.A. of 3.5 during my final two years at school. I also dedicated much time to campus activities, in which I held a n umber of leadership positions. Today, I work with an international recruitme

nt firm that allows me to travel through the United States and Europe. This has given me a sense of accomplishment and maturity, yet I feel a deep void in my life. I need to give back to the community that helped me so much. I k now what it is like to be on the 搑 eceiving end?of social work--I was the on e who stayed with foster families after the social workers had gone home. I am thus in a unique position to understand the conflicts within the hearts o f troubled adolescents. I comprehend, for instance, the importance of such i ssues as trust. And a child in this setting would be naturally more inclined to trust someone who has already experienced 搕 he system?firsthand.My backg round, my ambition, and my resourcefulness are ample demonstration of the va luable addition I would be to your social work program. I share close bonds of understanding with my target community, and feel that I can make a signif icant difference in their lives with the aid of a Master 抯 Degree in Social Work from your institution.

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Subject: Teaching Masters I want to be a teacher because I appreciate the great value ofeducation. Thr oughout high school, education was never a top priority forme. Only during t he past two years, at college, have I realized theimportance of education. I nstead of letting hard subjects discourage me, as they used to, I have learn ed to turn my frustrations into hard work anddetermination. As a teenager, m y social activities consumed my life. My friendswere not motivated to do wel l in school. Unfortunately, I followed theirlead. My grades were very low, a nd I did not even care. As I grew older and lost touch with my old friends, I decided tofocus on my education. I enrolled in Burlington County College. There, I chose to associate with people who worked hard. My peers at Burling tonhave influenced me to strive to do the best I can academically. Math has always been a very difficult subject for me. I wouldoften get frustrated do ing problems, and would end up throwing down thebook and giving up. When I g ot to college, I realized that math wouldinevitably be a part of my life and that I would have to find a way to getthrough it. The motivating environmen t at college has enabled me to relaxand work through the problems. I now fin d math to be one of my easiersubjects and I even enjoy its challenging aspec ts. My own roller-coaster ride with school has made me want to be ateacher. I have reflected on the factors that made me fail in my earlyyears of educa tion, and I think one major factor was my teachers. Mydisinterest in grades was obvious in high school, and all my teachersseemed content with it. I fee l that if someone had sat me down andexplained the importance of school, or even just attempted to makelearning more interesting, I might have become mo re motivated. As an elementary school teacher, I hope to make learning fun f ormy students. It is my goal to ease the students’ frustrations as best Ican . I would like my students to see me as not only their teacher, but assomeon e they can talk to and feel comfortable with. My experience at college has p roved to me that I am capable ofdoing well. Not only do I have the ability t o succeed, but I also now havethe confidence. I know how important education is in all aspects of one’slife, and I want to share that knowledge with oth ers.

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subject: Duke Biotechnology Excited by the idea of becoming a scientist since I was a small child, my in terests in pursuing graduate studies intensified during my undergraduate edu cation and my research experience. Rather than discouraging me with the trem endous amount of work and demands for creativity, my college years motivated me to earn a Ph.D. and to continue pursuing a career as a research scientis t. Although my exact research goals have yet to be refined, my interests inc lude studying the genetic basis of disease and the genetic mechanisms that g overn various cellular processes, such as the cell cycle, apoptosis, and tum or formation.Although I entered college without a clear research direction, the Biotechnology Program at Rochester Institute of Technology helped develo p my interest in the field of Genetics. I found much of my laboratory traini ng at RIT to be extremely rewarding. For example, one experience that early on convinced me to seriously consider genetics was a project involving the c onstruction and characterization of a recombinant plasmid. Since I worked in dependently for the most part, the project played a key role in increasing m y confidence and helping me to understand various concepts pertaining to gen etic analysis. It was this experience that motivated me to seek a position a s a teacher 抯 assistant for a course in Microbial and Viral Genetics. As a T A, I learned how demanding the teaching situation is and how much teaching a course can contribute to my own learning.By this time, after discovering my passion for research and the joy of teaching, I began to seriously contempl ate graduate schools. To excel in graduate school, I decided I would not lim it my experience to my formal education at RIT. Instead, I wanted the opport unity to explore my career options to make a well-informed decision as to th e area of my future research. With these goals in mind, I chose to take adva ntage of RIT 抯 Cooperative Education Program, which meant earning my Bachelo r 抯 degree in five years instead of four. In December of 1997,Astra Arcus US A Pharmaceuticals hired me as a research assistant in the Electrophysiology department.At Astra, I learned research techniques not taught by RIT. For th e past year, I have been working with a subset of neuronal glutamate recepto rs via voltage clamping on Xenopus oocytes. The research of our lab is geare d toward the study of central nervous system diseases. Working with Astra an d earning an education in biotechnology from RIT sparked my interest in lear ning more about the genetic basis of disease.On a personal level, I 抳 e gaine d quite a bit from my cooperative experience. Confident in my ability to ada pt to new environments and learn techniques that I have never encountered, I have also learned a great deal about the nature of private-sector research and the lifestyle of the researchers. Familiar with the amount of dedication and hard work essential to project advancement, I am more focused on my goa l of becoming an excellent researcher than I ever have been. No stranger to the frustration and disappointment inherent in research work, I am spurred o n by the thrill of discovery. I find a great deal of enjoyment working in re search and plan to stay at Astra through the summer of 2005.I feel that my c ourse work as a Biotechnology major at RIT and my research experience at Ast ra have adequately prepared me for graduate study. Eager to continue my educ ation and improve upon my weaknesses, I am particularly interested in becomi ng more familiar with emerging technologies relating to genetics and in gain ing more exposure in working with eukaryotic genomes. Most importantly, I wa nt to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to design and perform research according to my interests in genetics and disease. With these broad interes

ts and specific goals, I am very attracted to the Graduate Program in Geneti cs at Duke University. With great flexibility in choosing a degree, the prog ram would suit me well. At Duke, I would welcome the opportunity to explore my interests in Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Pharmacology, and Cancer Biology . I am also interested in learning more about possible involvement with the Duke Center for Human Genetics. My motivation to succeed is reflected in bot h my academic standing and my dedication to research. I feel that these attr ibutes, combined with a profound interest in the Biological Sciences, will e nsure me success as a graduate student at Duke University.

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Subject: Stanford Engineering Masters2 Evera since I can remember, I have heard older people complain about being t ired of this thing or that thing. With the increasing complexity of technolo gy and career skills, they have to do more and learn more with every passing day. Until now, technology has perpetuated itself not by giving the average person more time to pursue humane concerns, but by increasing efficiency. P eople can turn out more widgets in an hour now than they ever could, but the y also work more than ever learning new things. For example, the average emp loyee spends an hour a day writing and receiving email, but still must accom plish everything else she used to do. There is now more to do in less time, and adults are right to complain that they wished they had more hands or mor e time to accomplish their daily chores. From this simple observation, I bec ame interested in robotics and in Stanford. Early on in my education, I star ted reading and learning about software and hardware engineering. An Enginee ring Institute in Madras yielded the first but almost incredible qualificati on in hardware engineering. It has been my objective since then to identify with an institution that shares my vision and ambition to lead the global ma rch towards environment induced solutions to day to day living. Stanford is this institution, and now is the time for me to follow my vision.Certain tha t this is the ideal time to pursue college education in computer engineering , I see technology becoming increasing pervasive and important and wish to n ow make the next important step to helping technology make life easier, rath er than harder. With my demonstrated aptitude for computer hardware engineer ing, I am confident that Stanford will hone my skills and turn me into a wor ld class researcher / inventor. With my interests and a Stanford background in computer engineering, I will be able to pursue research in robotics and r ealize my career goals. I am certain that modern-day technology can alleviat e, rather than add to, the tasks of the average person. In the foreseeable f uture, I envision affordable robots that can do all the tiresome day to day chores in our households and free us to focus on the humane aspects of life. With dedicated input from the curriculum developed at Stanford, we will inv ent robots that can understand the human moods from tonal variances and for application in the industrial and medical world. By employing technology to save time rather than to absorb it, people will have more time for love and relationships and children. Rather than humans becoming the robots in an inc reasingly mechanical, technological world, we will regain our humanity. Stan ford is important to me because I cannot find a better place to work with wo rld class faculty; Stanford will provide me the tools for creating time-savi ng advancements. 2. Write about a book/idea that is intellectually exciting . ( 175 words) 揟 he 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" written by Stephen

R. Covey is an interesting and thought provoking book. Covey identifies thes e habits as the qualities of personal vision, personal leadership, personal management, interpersonal leadership, empathic communication, creative coope ration and balanced self-renewal. Covey believes that with these qualities, the reader can also become a highly effective person.I found the book intell ectually exciting because the principles would give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities t hat change creates. The author emphasizes that the principle of interdepende nce has a higher value than independence, and uses "paradigms" to explain hi s theories. I found this approach to problem solving interesting, and someth ing I hope to use at college. By centering our lives on correct principles a nd creating a balanced focus between doing and increasing our ability to do, we become empowered in the task of creating effective, useful and peaceful lives ?for ourselves and for our posterity. Since I am constantly striving t o improve my own personal effectiveness, I found this book intellectually ex citing and would recommend it to everyone. 3. Write a letter to your future room mate telling him about a persona; l experience revealing something abo ut you. (150 words) Dear JohnWhile I don 抰 want to worry you into thinking I 抦 some sort of single-minded engineering student who never discusses anythi ng other than engineering, I 抎 like to tell a story about the time that I ma de a useful and inexpensive gadget by applying some simple classroom knowled ge. My mother often used to complain that whenever it rained, all the clothe s got wet before she could retrieve them from the cloth line fixed in our ga rden. To solve this problem, I made a rain alarm using water 抯 property of e lectrical conductivity. My project had two metal plates placed very close to gether and was connected to a battery, buzzer, and a switch. It also had two transistors forming a high gain direct amplifier along with two resistors, a relay and a diode. Whenever the first drop of rain fell on the sensor plat es of my gadget, the buzzer would raise a shrill alarm, and my mother would hurry to collect the clothes. A hobby of mine is to apply engineering knowle dge to solving everyday problems and helping to put people at ease. ***************************************

Subject: Dentistry School Ever since childhood I have enjoyed working with my hands. Whether as an ei ght year- old gluing together a model car or an adolescent assembling a book shelf in woodworking class, I thrived on the challenges of precise and metic ulous tasks. Throughout high school I have been intrigued by the sciences, b ut it was not until I read about late-breaking discoveries and research in t he field of genetics that my interests in science intensified. When I entere d the University of British Columbia (UBC), I naturally chose to specialize in Cell Biology and Genetics. In my sophomore year at UBC, I first began to seriously consider dentistry as a career. At that time, I began to appreciat e the important role that dentistry played in my life. Four years earlier, I began an orthodontic treatment program with Dr. Junni Wang to correct a sev ere crowding problem with my teeth. Both before and during the treatment, I was a most reluctant participant; not many teenagers look forward to braces filling their mouth during their last two years of high school, and I was no different. However, at every monthly check-up for three-and-a-half years th e office staff had nothing but kind words of encouragement and optimism. Now after the completion of the treatment I had reason to smile. Dr. Wang helpe d turn me from a shy adolescent who feared smiling into a confident, outgoin

g young man. His skills not only brought back my smile, but also my sense of confidence in all aspects of my life. Whereas once I feared drawing attenti on to myself and thus shied away from leadership posts and debates, now I am a completely different person. Hoping to feel as satisfied and gratified as Dr. Wang must have felt in improving not only my smile but my entire way of life, I look forward to improving the oral health of patients on a daily ba sis and participating in dentistry 抯 friendly, team-oriented work environmen t. After this preliminary 憄 atient-doctor?exposure to dentistry, I substanti ally increased my involvement in the field to determine if dentistry really was for me. My participation with the UBC Pre-Dental Society allowed me to c ommunicate with various professionals in the field. I also investigated oppo rtunities to volunteer in the University Dental Clinic or participate in res earch work. After speaking to a couple of professors in the UBC Faculty of D entistry asking them about research opportunities, I found a topic that inte rested me. Dr. Putnins, of the Division of Periodontics, offered me a positi on in his lab to conduct a semi-quantitative analysis to determine the level s of endotoxin in dental unit water lines. After taking many water samples f rom the University Dental Clinic and quantifying the amounts of endotoxin (l ipopolysaccahride) in those samples with an Limulus Abeocyte Lysate test, I prepared to publish dentistry 抯 first account of this type of experiment. I conducted the study over a 16-week span (Jan.-Apr.?8), and the research work counted as 3.0 credits towards my undergraduate degree. Because the vast ma jority of my work was self-directed, I submitted my findings for evaluation by the faculty in a 32-page report with 46 references, and I also defended m y methods before a panel of professors. Impressed by the findings and result s, Dr. Putnins will use my study as a key component of a journal article he is currently preparing for the Journal of Dental Research (JDR). The school also submitted an abstract of my findings for presentation at the upcoming 7 7th General Session of the International Association of Dental Research (IDA R) to be held at Vancouver, Canada. I am keenly looking forward to this uniq ue opportunity to have my work appear before distinguished members of the de ntal research community. My positive research experience definitely helped r einforce my goal of becoming a dentist. In addition, my employment as a Can ada Customs Inspector has helped me improve my level of social awareness and helped me develop qualities I can usefully apply to dentistry. As a Customs Inspector, I had the opportunity to communicate effectively with many diffe rent types of people in various situations. I have also developed the abilit y to resolve conflicts, defuse difficult situations, and show empathy even d uring cases of enforcement. In addition, my experience with team sports has provided me with leadership skills that can not be taught in any textbook. A s the captain of my hockey team and the coach of a children 抯 team, I have d eveloped excellent communication skills and the ability to identify and work effectively with kids. All of these qualities will prove very important to my future career in dentistry. Attracted by the dental profession 抯 ability to positively impact people 抯 lives, just like my orthodontist, and by the profession 抯 financially rewarding and stable lifestyle, I look forward to o ne day opening my own practice and becoming a well-respected member of both the community of dentists and the community of patients. While my GPA may no t be as high as some applicants? my academic record shows a consistent posit ive. I know I have the intelligence, ability, and determination to achieve s uccess in dentistry; I only need the opportunity. My dental research experie nce combined with my academic background, personal qualities, and leadership abilities makes me well suited to accept the challenges in the field of den tistry. I look forward to an interview and the chance to discuss my qualific

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Subject: Arizona State Health Administration2 While growing up, I played softball constantly both for school and for a su mmer traveling team. As a member of the traveling team for nine years, I enj oyed the opportunity of every weekend traveling to a new place and of meetin g people from all over the country. Much more than just honing my softball s kills, my membership in a traveling team helped me grow as a person by chall enging me to compete against hundreds of other girls. Because of my commitme nt to the game, softball consumed most of my time since I spent most of my s ummers on the road and not with my friends and family at home. Despite the s tress, my perseverance and passion for the sport kept me involved. I knew I had softball talent, and I did not want to waste it. All I could hope is tha t my hard work and sacrifice would one day pay off. Finally, that day came. South Suburban College in Illinois gave me a full softball scholarship and f or two years paid for full tuition, books, and room and board. While there, I made certain not to waste the resources being offered me. While putting 40 hours a week into softball, I also took classes full time to prepare for nu rsing school and on weekends I helped coach youth camps. During my sophomore year, my coach and teammates nominated me team captain and gave me more res ponsibilities. I was in charge of developing team goals, preparing practice schedules, and developing motivational strategies for the team. During this time, my grades began to drop since I was overloaded with responsibilities. Not prioritizing my time well, I spent too little time on my studies compare d with my time in softball and in youth camps. Exhausted from my demanding s chedule, I allowed my personal aspirations to fall too easily. Meanwhile, my time in softball began to become a job to me and lost its fun. I decided I needed to reprioritize my life and place more time on academics. I gave up t he youth camps and spent more time studying. I learned to balance my time pr operly and started to once again do well in school. While the transition fro m home life to school life was particularly difficult for me, I overcame the obstacles I faced and am a stronger person because of it. Also, I believe t hat the experience I went through will help me rise above difficult in the f uture and help to make me more self-reliant and responsible.My interest in t he health field began in middle school and continued through college. During my freshman year in college, I began taking courses to prepare for nursing school. However, by the end of my second year in college, my interests shift ed away from nursing, and I sought the advice of my counselor. I transferred to Indianapolis my junior year and began exploring my options. My backgroun d in team leadership led me to consider a career in management. Growing up, on almost every team I played on I served as team captain and carried the ad ditional responsibilities that come with the position. I also much prefer te am sports to individual sports, and I began to realize I would like to work in a team-based environment. In my conversations with my counselor, I first considered merging health and management into a career. My abiding interest in the health field and my constant position of team leader played a very im portant part in my education, and I hoped to make them play an even more imp ortant part in my future. Even though I pursued other interests for a few ye ars, I never swayed from the health field altogether. In preparation for my

future, I have developed a strong background in mathematics and science in a ddition to my coursework in health. Unfortunately, I did not come to enjoy t he challenges of the intellectual life until my junior year. In that year, I decided that I wanted to expand my knowledge and attend graduate school. As I entered my senior year I switched to a General Studies major to graduate a year earlier. My number one concern in choosing a graduate school is to s elect a program that offers many opportunities for my career and will prepar e me to manage effectively in the health care environment. I believe ASU off ers a program that can not only utilize all the skills and experiences that I have accumulated until this point but also grow them to the next level. I also believe that ASU can provide me with the knowledge and credentials to s uccessfully tackle the challenges in the healthcare field. After completing my graduate work, I plan to seek employment as a hospital administrator. Whi le I understand competition for these positions is keen and will only grow m ore intense in the future, I believe I will be well equipped to excel as a h ospital administrator if given the chance to explore the educational and res earch opportunities offered by ASU 抯 School of Health Administration and Pol icy. With ASU 憇 MHSA program preparing me for future challenges, I will succ essfully work towards my goal of becoming a hospital administrator. Since I realize that success is often rooted in a good education, I know ASU, as one of the most respected schools in the US, can give me the credentials necess ary to overcome barriers in the field. I will then draw on my natural leader ship ability and my strong education in health care to excel in my position. Currently, I work for Champps Americana, a sports restaurant in Indianapolis , and I believe my experience with Champps is preparing me well for a job in management. I am the server manager and have the responsibility of managing over sixty servers. My responsibilities include preparing the server schedu le, development of training programs, and sales growth through promotions an d contests. Having learned a great deal from my coworkers and having expande d my leadership role outside the softball field, I believe the skills I have acquired through my job will help me succeed in graduate school and as a he alth care administrator. In my final two years at Indiana University, I asse rted myself academically and proved my resolve to succeed. While working ful l time and taking a full load of classes, I earned a 3.4 G.P.A. and received a certificate for high academic achievement from the School of Continuing S tudies. In short, I believe I have developed the skills and maturity that I will need to be successful in graduate school, and I believe my record and w ork experience supports this. All I need now to usefully combine my personal qualities and skills is to continue on the educational path by learning abo ut health administration at ASU. I believe that my struggles, perseverance, and commitment to my undergraduate studies qualify me as an excellent candid ate for your program. I thank you for your consideration.

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Subject: Stanford Engineering Masters During my senior year at Purdue University, I made a decision that has impac ted the entire course of my education. While my classmates were making defin ite decisions about their career paths, I chose to implement a five-year pla n of development and growth for myself. I designed this plan in order to exa

mine various careers that I thought might interest me, as well as to expand upon my abilities at the time. As I was attaining a BS degree in Electrical Engineering, I decided to focus primarily on fieldsrelated to the VLSI (Very Large-Scale Integrated) circuits area. My main goals were either to gain wo rk experience or to further my education by pursuing an MS degree in Electri cal Engineering (MSEE). I saw an opportunity to both work and learn through employment at Xilinx Inc. Operating as a product engineer at a successful, h igh-tech semiconductor company has enabled me to utilize my technical and in terpersonal skills in new and challenging ways. The position has also allowe d me to interact with a multitude of departments including marketing, integr ated circuit (IC) design, software/CAD development, manufacturing, reliabili ty, accounting, and sales. I thus have gained an array of experience that ex tended beyond the parameters of my own responsibilities. In the workplace, I rely heavily upon the interpersonal techniques I developed as a counselor i n a Purdue residence hall, as well as the organizational skills I had acquir ed through holding various leadership positions in cultural and engineering societies. I have also cultivated an interest in high-technology marketing t hat has continued to grow throughout my career. My experiences with Xilinx have heightened my hunger for knowledge in the VLSI field. Two months after joining the corporation, I applied to several part-time programs in the vici nity that would allow me to acquire an MSEE degree within two to three years . San Jose State seemed an ideal choice, for its evening MSEE courses would allow me to pursue two independent, full-time positions concurrently. The Sa n Jose program has complimented my Xilinx duties well; both demand large lev els of energy and enthusiasm while guiding me to my ultimate goal a high deg ree of education in VLSI sciences. The resources that I poured into both end eavors have reaped many gains. I have been promoted to a Product-Yield Engin eering position within Xilinx’s Coarse Grain Static Memory (CGSM) Product En gineering division. My extensive coursework plays a key role in my continued success at Xilinx.Relevant classes in advanced digital and analog VLSI desi gn, as well as sub-micron ULSI technology, have allowed me to understand mor e completely the workings of Xilinx, a fab-less semiconductor company that a lso functions as a software and hardware design, testing, and marketing cent er. The gains in knowledge I have made through the combination of work exper ience and education have indeed been exponential. The academic records of m y senior year at Purdue, coupled with my MSEE coursework, are ample proof of my dedication to learning. I feel I have overcome through hard work and ded ication the brief "dry phase" I underwent at Purdue during the close of my s ophomore and the first semester of my junior years. My performance at that t ime is in no way indicative of my usual achievements; they are instead the r esult of urgent family difficulties that required much foreign travel and se rious attention to resolve. In May, I shall graduate with an MSEE degree fro m San Jose well ahead of my original estimates. This early graduation with D ean’s Honors is the result of my firm belief in the value of diligence, as w ell as my renewed determination to strive for perfection in both work and sc hool. I am now embarking on another five-year plan, during which I hope to f ulfill several specific career goals. For instance, being part of a very dyn amic and results-oriented Yield team at Xilinx calls for continuous developm ent of computational and statistical techniques. The Yield team is divided t o focus on specific process/fabrication issues and process (manufacturing) o ptimization. My own position is an integral part of the optimization group. Speed and cost issues continue to press high technology atmospheres towards optimization, probability and stochastic processes and systems, and rigorous simulations of mathematical models. The MS in EES&OR offered at your univer

sity will grant me the statistical knowledge that is crucial for process and production optimization in a fab-less environment. In addition, product eng ineering requires fundamental research on mathematical models for linear and non-linear programming, as well as the utilization of efficient computer so ftware. I continuously employ theknowledge I gained at Purdue in Operations Research and advanced mathematics courses. Yet despite the value of these cl asses and my high performance in them, I now require further education to be st fulfill my duties. An MS in the EES&OR field, will give me knowledge that is invaluable to a career in product development, project management and st rategic planning. The program will allow me to improve decision-making skill s in operations, strategy, and policy issues. I will strengthen my theory an d application in countless areas:continuous, discrete, numerical optimizatio n; probabilistic and stochastic processes; dynamic systems and simulation; e conomics, finance, and investment; decision analysis; dynamicprogramming and planning under uncertainty; operations and service; corporate and individua l strategy; and private and public policy issues.Thus, the EES&OR program wi ll not only help me to excel at Xilinxbut will also further any future caree r. My commitment to work and education over the last three years proves that I will pursue this MS with enthusiasm and zeal.The technical edge that the MS would provide isincomparable.Since I will be working while attending Stan ford, I shall mingle education with practical application, and bring to the table interesting problems from my experience and past education.Technical c hallenges encountered through projects in the EES&OR program will provide mo tivation and opportunity for methodological innovation.The data collection, processing and presentation issues presented are integral to my future goals , and the management challenges raised will provideinvaluable experience for professional practice. This will in turn build a solid foundation for a lif e-long career that can overcome any problem in decision-making. In addition, taking courses in economics, finance, and investment analysis will allow mu ch growth of knowledge in investment issues in different industries. The EES &OR program thus appeals not only to my engineering, economics, science and mathematical background, but will compliment my technical abilities with the conceptual frameworks needed to analyze problems in operations, production, strategic planning, and marketing in the realm of emiconductor/IC/engineeri ng systems. I feel that I am prepared to meet the challenges of the curricul um. My coursework in intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics, interna tional trade, operations research, linear algebra, and probabilistic methods , along with my extensive calculus background, will allow me to function wel l within the program. My long-term career goals include a move into marketin g and product management. I believe that attaining this MS degree is the cor nerstone to achieving my goals. It will give me the academic background nece ssary to succeed in product development, project management, and strategic p lanning. It will improve decision-making skills necessary for optimizing per formance. The integration of two excellent programs in Economics Systems and Operations Research thus suits my current position and ties in with future goals perfectly by improving decision making in operations, strategy and pol icy. At present I desire to continue at Xilinx; attending a program that pro vides the flexibility and convenience of the SITN, is therefore imperative. Hence, being at Stanford as an HCP student alsoattracts me. I believe that S tanford is the best environment for me to achieve my goals while gaining exp osure to and experience with a diverse student body and faculty. It is my be lief that one continues to learn throughout one’s life, and the most effecti ve method of learning is through interaction with others.Stanford’s diversit y offers an environment for learning, both inside and outside the classroom.

I hope to share my varied knowledge with my classmates and to take from the m a new understanding of topics that are foreign to me. I believe that no ot her school provides students with the combination of education and environme nt offered byStanford. Its outstanding academic reputation, mingled with its diverse environment and thriving Bay Area location, creates an opportunity for growth that is second to none. I have many ambitions for myself as Iemba rk on this stage of my life. I believe that an education from Stanford will provide invaluable experiences and skills that will allow me to become a suc cessful and innovative business leader in the new millennium. ****************************

Subject: Boston University Social Masters The rapidly growing elderly population is becoming a serious social problem in many countries. Some countries have been successful at finding solutions for this problem but others have not. Japan is one of the latter countries. Although Japan has one of the highest life expectancy rates and a reputation for good quality of life for its elderly population, it has been unsuccessf ul at addressing this problem. Compared to other industrialized countries, J apan lags behind in programs for elders who are physically disabled, bedridd en or in need of long term care. The current economic crisis is exacerbating this situation as the government is cutting funding for elder programs. Thi s problem resonates deeply with me, and I hope to someday work on finding a solution. It is for this reason that I am applying to the graduate program i n social work at Boston University: I seek the skills and knowledge I need t o return to Japan and work for a social work service.My interest in the elde rly dates back to my childhood. Growing up with my grandparents greatly infl uenced my values and personality: they taught me to be self-motivated and di sciplined. Their resilience and support has helped me to persevere even when confronted with seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Because of their kindne ss toward me I have a deep respect for them and for elderly people in genera l. This is what motivates me to become involved in the field of social work. Traditionally in Japanese society, the care of one’s parents is believed to be the children’s duty. After World War II, such traditions have evolved due to changes in family structure. No longer is the eldest child the only one to inherit his parent’s property, and two-income families have become the no rm. These changes have left Japanese people at a loss as to how to care for their aging parents. The current response to this problem seems to be hospit alization. Families increasingly hospitalize their elders who are physically disabled, bedridden or in need of long-term care. These individuals are usu ally transferred to nursing homes, but because of sparse accommodations and a one to two year wait list, they end up staying with family members who are often ill equipped to care for them. As a result, there are a number of inc idences of elder abuse by family members and elder suicide. Also, there are many other elderly people who live alone -- every year, many of them die wit h no one, not even their family members, having knowledge of their death.Cur rently there is no social welfare program in Japan that offers assistance to these elders and their families. In the light of these terrible problems, t he need for such a program is obvious. My interest in social work is to find ways to develop and improve the types of services available to the elderly in Japan at a systematic level. I want to be involved in the organizing, man aging, developing, shaping and planning of social policies related to the el derly. I believe the social work program at Boston University will allow me

to do that. By studying macro social work at Boston University, I will learn about established social systems, assessment and intervention strategies. I n addition, Boston University’s emphasis on urban issues appeals to me immen sely. As I will be returning to work in Osaka, the second largest city in Ja pan, graduate work in this area will better equip me for the challenges I wi ll be facing. To me, an urban mission is a commitment to identify and find s olutions to issues faced by urban areas. I believe I am well prepared for gr aduate work. During my undergraduate study, I acquired the necessary backgro und knowledge by taking advanced courses in the areas of psychology and soci ology, including sociological research methods, social theory, statistics, p sychological research, and psychotherapy. Along with these courses, I had an internship at the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, a non-profit organization. I also volunteered at Sawayaka-en, a nursing service, and Asun aro Children’s Mental Hospital in Japan. From this internship and my volunte er work, I have gained practical experience which I feel will contribute to my academic and professional success.I expect the graduate work at Boston Un iversity to be demanding, challenging, and ultimately rewarding. I look forw ard to the experience from an intellectual as well as social point of view - I hope to learn and grow as an individual and a macro social worker. I hop e that I will be allowed to do so at Boston University. Subject: Boston University Social The rapidly growing elderly population is becoming a serious social problem in many countries. Some countries have been successful at finding solutions for this problem but others have not. Japan is one of the latter countries. Although Japan has one of the highest life expectancy rates and a reputation for good quality of life for its elderly population, it has been unsuccessf ul at addressing this problem. Compared to other industrialized countries, J apan lags behind in programs for elders who are physically disabled, bedridd en or in need of long term care. The current economic crisis is exacerbating this situation as the government is cutting funding for elder programs. Thi s problem resonates deeply with me, and I hope to someday work on finding a solution. It is for this reason that I am applying to the graduate program i n social work at Boston University: I seek the skills and knowledge I need t o return to Japan and work for a social work service.My interest in the elde rly dates back to my childhood. Growing up with my grandparents greatly infl uenced my values and personality: they taught me to be self-motivated and di sciplined. Their resilience and support has helped me to persevere even when confronted with seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Because of their kindne ss toward me I have a deep respect for them and for elderly people in genera l. This is what motivates me to become involved in the field of social work. Traditionally in Japanese society, the care of one’s parents is believed to be the children’s duty. After World War II, such traditions have evolved due to changes in family structure. No longer is the eldest child the only one to inherit his parent’s property, and two-income families have become the no rm. These changes have left Japanese people at a loss as to how to care for their aging parents. The current response to this problem seems to be hospit alization. Families increasingly hospitalize their elders who are physically disabled, bedridden or in need of long-term care. These individuals are usu ally transferred to nursing homes, but because of sparse accommodations and a one to two year wait list, they end up staying with family members who are often ill equipped to care for them. As a result, there are a number of inc idences of elder abuse by family members and elder suicide. Also, there are many other elderly people who live alone -- every year, many of them die wit

h no one, not even their family members, having knowledge of their death.Cur rently there is no social welfare program in Japan that offers assistance to these elders and their families. In the light of these terrible problems, t he need for such a program is obvious. My interest in social work is to find ways to develop and improve the types of services available to the elderly in Japan at a systematic level. I want to be involved in the organizing, man aging, developing, shaping and planning of social policies related to the el derly. I believe the social work program at Boston University will allow me to do that. By studying macro social work at Boston University, I will learn about established social systems, assessment and intervention strategies. I n addition, Boston University’s emphasis on urban issues appeals to me immen sely. As I will be returning to work in Osaka, the second largest city in Ja pan, graduate work in this area will better equip me for the challenges I wi ll be facing. To me, an urban mission is a commitment to identify and find s olutions to issues faced by urban areas. I believe I am well prepared for gr aduate work. During my undergraduate study, I acquired the necessary backgro und knowledge by taking advanced courses in the areas of psychology and soci ology, including sociological research methods, social theory, statistics, p sychological research, and psychotherapy. Along with these courses, I had an internship at the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, a non-profit organization. I also volunteered at Sawayaka-en, a nursing service, and Asun aro Children’s Mental Hospital in Japan. From this internship and my volunte er work, I have gained practical experience which I feel will contribute to my academic and professional success.I expect the graduate work at Boston Un iversity to be demanding, challenging, and ultimately rewarding. I look forw ard to the experience from an intellectual as well as social point of view -

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Subject: Arizona State Health Administration Essay While growing up, I played softball constantly both for school and for a sum mer traveling team. As a member of the traveling team for nine years, I enjo yed the opportunity of every weekend traveling to a new place and of meeting people from all over the country. Much more than just honing my softball sk ills, my membership in a traveling team helped me grow as a person by challe nging me to compete against hundreds of other girls. Because of my commitmen t to the game, softball consumed most of my time since I spent most of my su mmers on the road and not with my friends and family at home. Despite the st ress, my perseverance and passion for the sport kept me involved. I knew I h ad softball talent, and I did not want to waste it. All I could hope is that my hard work and sacrifice would one day pay off. Finally, that day came. S outh Suburban College in Illinois gave me a full softball scholarship and fo r two years paid for full tuition, books, and room and board. While there, I made certain not to waste the resources being offered me. While putting 40 hours a week into softball, I also took classes full time to prepare for nur sing school and on weekends I helped coach youth camps. During my sophomore year, my coach and teammates nominated me team captain and gave me more resp onsibilities. I was in charge of developing team goals, preparing practice s chedules, and developing motivational strategies for the team. During this t ime, my grades began to drop since I was overloaded with responsibilities. N ot prioritizing my time well, I spent too little time on my studies compared with my time in softball and in youth camps. Exhausted from my demanding sc

hedule, I allowed my personal aspirations to fall too easily. Meanwhile, my time in softball began to become a job to me and lost its fun. I decided I n eeded to reprioritize my life and place more time on academics. I gave up th e youth camps and spent more time studying. I learned to balance my time pro perly and started to once again do well in school. While the transition from home life to school life was particularly difficult for me, I overcame the obstacles I faced and am a stronger person because of it. Also, I believe th at the experience I went through will help me rise above difficult in the fu ture and help to make me more self-reliant and responsible.My interest in th e health field began in middle school and continued through college. During my freshman year in college, I began taking courses to prepare for nursing s chool. However, by the end of my second year in college, my interests shifte d away from nursing, and I sought the advice of my counselor. I transferred to Indianapolis my junior year and began exploring my options. My background in team leadership led me to consider a career in management. Growing up, o n almost every team I played on I served as team captain and carried the add itional responsibilities that come with the position. I also much prefer tea m sports to individual sports, and I began to realize I would like to work i n a team-based environment. In my conversations with my counselor, I first c onsidered merging health and management into a career. My abiding interest i n the health field and my constant position of team leader played a very imp ortant part in my education, and I hoped to make them play an even more impo rtant part in my future. Even though I pursued other interests for a few yea rs, I never swayed from the health field altogether. In preparation for my f uture, I have developed a strong background in mathematics and science in ad dition to my coursework in health. Unfortunately, I did not come to enjoy th e challenges of the intellectual life until my junior year. In that year, I decided that I wanted to expand my knowledge and attend graduate school. As I entered my senior year I switched to a General Studies major to graduate a year earlier. My number one concern in choosing a graduate school is to se lect a program that offers many opportunities for my career and will prepare me to manage effectively in the health care environment. I believe ASU offe rs a program that can not only utilize all the skills and experiences that I have accumulated until this point but also grow them to the next level. I a lso believe that ASU can provide me with the knowledge and credentials to su ccessfully tackle the challenges in the healthcare field. After completing m y graduate work, I plan to seek employment as a hospital administrator. Whil e I understand competition for these positions is keen and will only grow mo re intense in the future, I believe I will be well equipped to excel as a ho spital administrator if given the chance to explore the educational and rese arch opportunities offered by ASU 抯 School of Health Administration and Poli cy. With ASU 憇 MHSA program preparing me for future challenges, I will succe ssfully work towards my goal of becoming a hospital administrator. Since I r ealize that success is often rooted in a good education, I know ASU, as one of the most respected schools in the US, can give me the credentials necessa ry to overcome barriers in the field. I will then draw on my natural leaders hip ability and my strong education in health care to excel in my position.C urrently, I work for Champps Americana, a sports restaurant in Indianapolis, and I believe my experience with Champps is preparing me well for a job in management. I am the server manager and have the responsibility of managing over sixty servers. My responsibilities include preparing the server schedul e, development of training programs, and sales growth through promotions and contests. Having learned a great deal from my coworkers and having expanded my leadership role outside the softball field, I believe the skills I have

acquired through my job will help me succeed in graduate school and as a hea lth care administrator. In my final two years at Indiana University, I asser ted myself academically and proved my resolve to succeed. While working full time and taking a full load of classes, I earned a 3.4 G.P.A. and received a certificate for high academic achievement from the School of Continuing St udies. In short, I believe I have developed the skills and maturity that I w ill need to be successful in graduate school, and I believe my record and wo rk experience supports this. All I need now to usefully combine my personal qualities and skills is to continue on the educational path by learning abou t health administration at ASU. I believe that my struggles, perseverance, a nd commitment to my undergraduate studies qualify me as an excellent candida te for your program. I thank you for your consideration. --

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Subject: Medical School Applicant2 How will your life experience thus far add a unique dimension to our enterin g medical school class? What will a medical degree mean to you or you family ?"Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the assistance of my colleagues and ou r industrial partners at Siemens and Radionics who were instrumental in the completion of this research project, " I said concluding my presentation at the annual fall meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society last month in October. Although I felt nervous before my first oral presentation at a prof essional conference, afterwards I felt an overwhelming sense of joy and acco mplishment. All the hard work and late nights in the lab had finally paid of f.In my research, I am involved with the interventional MRI project at [majo r hospital] where MR images are used to guide and monitor minimally invasive therapies such as localized biopsy and thermal ablation of cancerous tumors . My research topic is on the spatial calibration procedure and the interact ive scan plane localization for device tracking in a low-field open MR image r. In the course of my research, I developed a unique and accurate method of defining spatial coordinates inside the imaging volume of the open MR image r, which led to the publication and presentation of two separate abstracts a t two different professional conferences in Sydney, Australia and Cleveland, Ohio.My strong scientific research background and my clear understanding of the basic concepts of scientific inquiry and method will help me become a g ood physician. Having learned the technical aspects of biomedical science fo r the last six years, I am anxious to start learning about the clinical aspe cts of biomedical science. To me, a medical degree does not merely mean that I have survived four rigorous years of medical school and have something ta ngible to show my family. To me a medical degree has much more significance. A medical degree means that I can make a daily contribution to society by u tilizing my education to help others in need.Perhaps even more important to my academic accomplishments are my experiences outside the classroom. Being a minority student, I understand the importance of diversity. As an active m ember of the Asian-American Student Association at [major university], I hel ped to promote ethnic diversity and cultural awareness on campus. Our Chines e Cultural Committee sponsored the Chinese New Year event on campus to promo te cultural awareness at the school’ s international fair. Our group f eatured not only traditional Chinese food but also a Chinese fashion show an d a demonstration of Chinese kung fu. Furthermore, our association organized

several volunteering trips to serve food to the homeless at a local soup ki tchen in Nashville.In graduate school at [major university], I continued wit h my involvement in diversity-related issues by serving as a student represe ntative on the Faculty Senate Minority Affairs Committee as a part of my dut y as a senator in the Graduate Student Senate. I was involved in organizing a special event on "Strategies for Success in Graduate School" for minority students. The keynote speaker of the event was Dr. Howard Adams, founder and director of the National Institute on Mentoring and a recipient of the Pres idential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mento ring. I also engaged in a discussion of diversity content in the curriculum of Arts and Sciences and helped with the planning of a student-faculty round table discussion of how diverse students learn. Moreover, our committee cosp onsored a special dialogue on race as part of the President’s Initiative on Race entitled "[major university] Talks About Race."If given the opportunity , I will bring my experience and enthusiasm in promoting diversity to the Ru sh community. Moreover, I sincerely believe my work ethic and considerable r esearch experience will help make me an outstanding medical student and will enable me to contribute to the educational experience of other students at Rush Medical School.

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Subject: Generic Business School Essay4 1. Outside of your career, what accomplishment brings you to most personal s atisfaction? 2. Discuss the most significant personal or professional risk y ou have taken. What was the outcome? How did this change you as a person? 1. My first significant personal accomplishment came when I won first prize in a notable musical competition. Music is an important part of my life; as a child, I studied in a specialized musical school. My teachers were celebrate d artists, and they planned to mold me into a prominent musician. At the age of twelve, I won the aforementioned competition, which granted me the right to be a student in an eminent conservatory. The mental energy required to s ucceed in such an endeavor is great, especially among children. Strong selfdiscipline and control are crucial. As a youth, I performed on countless sta ges throughout the country; this experience enabled me to build a strong ste adiness and concentration, even in extreme situations. Through the psycholog ical drains of performance, I developed internal resources that have served me in every aspect of my life. A second area of personal satisfaction is com munity service and the impact it has had on my life. No one can be truly suc cessful unless he is willing to work for the betterment of others. A notable instance of my involvement is the time I spent in Armenian hospitals during the country’ s time of need. In December of 1988,a devastating earthq uake struck Armenia, killing 25,000 people and injuring more than 30,000. At the time, I was a first-year physics student at Yerevan State University in Armenia. The earthquake pained me deeply, and I instantly volunteered my se rvices to one of the local hospitals. My work at the hospital lasted for ove r two months, and was one of the most rewarding times of my life. I felt gre at pleasure at the recovery of each patient in the hospital. The experience changed my perspective in countless ways, and developed within me a deep app reciation for medicine. For the next three years, I took evening classes at a nursing school in addition to my courses at Yerevan State University. Desp ite the difficulty of balancing such a heavy workload, I gained an immeasura

ble asset: the ability to be of real help to others in emergency situations. 2. Any professional or personal risk is an opportunity for great growth. Eve n if the risk does not turn out well, the lessons to be learned from mistake s are more valuable than any textbook. I constantly analyze situations, tryi ng to understand the nature and cause of mistakes in order to avoid repeatin g a similar outcome in the future.Living and working in Russia provides ampl e grounds for professional risk, especially in the financial industry. My mo st significant professional risk arose when I invested the assets of my comp any’ s funds in Russian fixed income and equities. Last year, the Russ ian government defaulted on its payment of bills. This, along with the Russi an currency collapse of over 300%, led to widespread panic on many levels. T he financial crisis triggered immediate political turmoil, with spillovers i nto the real economy. As confidence in the government deteriorated, business and individuals became reluctant to invest or even to spend money in Russia . To understand the magnitude of the crisis, one must realize that the Russi an capital market was one of the most dynamic markets during the two years t hat preceded the collapse. Multitudes of investors, captivated by the possib ility of quick increase of assets, poured hundreds of millions into Russia, ignoring the risk of default and devaluation that existed in the country. Th e funds I was managing lost hundreds of millions in assets as a result of th e crisis. The situation was indeed grim, yet it taught me a valuable lesson that has been ingrained in my mind. I learned that a country cannot prosper when it borrows money put does not produce substantial competitive goods and services. It must also take an interest in shareholders’ rights. In t he future, I will pay marked attention to government policy and its orientat ion toward economic reforms. I am confident that the experience I gained fro m this seemingly hopeless situation will have extremely beneficial results o n my future as an investor.

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Subject: Anderson UCLA Business School Essay2 What do you consider to be your most important personal and professional acc omplishments to date? (Please limit to three.) With no money, no direction, and no goals, I graduated from high school in 1987 not knowing if I would ev er be a man, if I would ever know what life means. Unable to afford college tuition, I worked odd jobs for a few months before deciding to join the Unit ed States Marine Corps. A scrappy kid who needed structure and support, I en tered the Marines unprepared for the next thirteen weeks of extraordinary ph ysical and mental challenges. Arriving at the recruit-training depot in Parr is Island South Carolina on February 3,1988 not knowing what to expect, I wa tched my hair fall off my head, had vaccinations for every disease ever disc overed, and learned to live with sixty other young men in close quarters. Th e days were long. I would wake up at 4 a.m. and work nonstop for 18 hours un til I could collapse on my bed. Exposed to individuals from many different c ultural and economic backgrounds, I learned the value of teamwork and the wo rk ethic essential to leadership. When we first arrived on the island, my pl atoon was a jumbled mess of disobedient, out of shape, undisciplined boys. A fter three months of exhausting training we were molded into a group of high ly motivated, physically fit men. On the proudest day of my life, I marched in the graduation parade to become a United States Marine.After being discha

rged from the United States Marine Corps, I became determined to attain an e lectrical engineering degree from Florida State University. I wisely investe d in the GI Bill early on in my Marine Corps career in order to go to colleg e. Although a substantial amount of money, the GI Bill only covered my tuiti on; to pay for food and rent, I took a full time job with the VA work-study program. In the beginning I had difficulty adjusting to working full time wh ile maintaining a full coarse load, and I began to feel hindered by my years outside the classroom. However, determined to succeed, I learned to manage my time well, and I established good study habits, which have continued to t he present. In the spring of 1997 I obtained a Bachelors degree in Electrica l engineering, a full year ahead of schedule. I take pride in the fact that I am the first person in my family to obtain a college degree. I moved to Lo s Angeles after graduating from college and accepted a position at an aerosp ace company as a design engineer. Although I had multiple offers, I chose to work at my particular company to further my education. Putting in long hour s at work while devoting most of my personal time to obtaining a Masters deg ree in electrical engineering, I felt like I was in college again with my fu ll time job and academic responsibilities. To keep some sense of sanity and maintain good spirits, I decided to learn how to snowboard. Although at firs t snowboarding seemed a most impossible mission given the long drive to the resort and my inexperience with cold weather, I persevered and by the end of my first day could navigate my way down the mountain. I have since become a n accomplished snowboarder, but nothing matches the exhilaration I felt at t he end of that first day when I completed my first run without falling.Why h ave you decided to enter the Fully Employed MBA program? Why is it the appro priate time for you to begin? With the drive, determination, and discipline to both work at my career and attend an MBA program, I am excited to pursue a high quality MBA at UCLA. Interested in acquiring the skill set and techni cal knowledge necessary to become a hi-tech consultant, the UCLA program wil l prove central to my future success.As an engineering major in college, I d eveloped excellent analytical skills and improved my problem-solving ability , but I never had the opportunity to take courses exploring business strateg y, finance, or market forces. To realize my career goal, I clearly must enha nce my abilities in these as well as other areas of business. I believe that the management core at Anderson will provide me with the necessary knowledg e to enhance and develop my capabilities. Also, in order to become a success ful consultant, it is imperative that I gain a more thorough education in fo reign markets, business technology, and competition. As a hi-tech consultant in the twenty-first century, the ability to understand business on a global scale will be highly prized. The International Field Study at Anderson woul d suit my needs well by allowing students to learn about business by working with foreign companies.Moreover, I look forward to interacting with the hig hly qualified, diverse students of the Anderson FEMBA program. With only 132 students forming numerous study groups, the program ensures the intimacy ne cessary to learn from each other’s varying perspectives and backgrounds. I k now I could both contribute and grow in this unique environment where all st udents are fully employed. From my time as an officer in US Marine Corps and as an employee at a high-tech aerospace company, I have both developed stro ng team abilities and have seen the value and synergies of combining people with different backgrounds, knowledge, and experience levels. The dynamics c reated by these teams help produce the most innovative and creative ideas, w hether in the Marines or an Anderson classroom. While I will never regret jo ining the Marine Corps, the five years I spent serving my country led me off the beaten path for achieving my career goals. Although I developed a stron

g work ethic and a goal-oriented nature, I have not followed the standard pa th. The FEMBA program will be the great equalizer, ensuring future employers that I have both the personal qualities and rigorous academic training nece ssary for success. By working full time and working on my masters degree in engineering from the University of Southern California, I have shown that I have what it takes to manage my work schedule while attending a prestigious institution. Now, I seek only the opportunity to prove this again by being a dmitted to the Fully Employed MBA program. AT UCLA, I will start my way down the path that will lead me to career success and fulfillment as a hi-tech c onsultant. **********************************

Subject: Generic Law School Essay2 Many college students know exactly what field to enter after graduation and have been preparing for that field over the course of their entire college c areer. However, I had difficulty discovering a career field rewarding enough to devote my entire life to, a career field worthy of education. While I ha d always considered pursuing the law and majored in public policy as an unde rgraduate, I was never passionate about it. I didn’t have clear goals, and i t seemed to me as if my degree and my circumstances were pushing me into stu dying the law; I needed to rediscover why I fell in love with the law in the first place. As a college senior, I took the LSAT because all of my classma tes were taking it. I did not prepare, and I really did not want to attend l aw school after college; thankfully, my low LSAT score guaranteed this. I ne eded to understand more about life before I could give myself to a career. A fter being in school for about two decades, I felt completely out of touch w ith reality and did not think I would ever find career direction by attendin g more schooling. With these thoughts in mind, I determined I needed real-wo rld experience to help me find the direction I so desperately sought. I acce pted an investor relations position in New York that tested both my intellig ence and my work ethic. The first few months moved at a hectic pace as I att empted to acquire knowledge of my new pursuit and to control the responsibil ities assigned to me. However, I quickly adjusted and maintained a schedule of seventy-hour workweeks. Because of my hard work and growing expertise, my colleagues began to acknowledge me as an important member of the organizati on and my opinion became respected and sought out. This respect provided me with a great deal of confidence, and I began to realize that I had unlimited potential. I had finally regained the attitude necessary for success, and m y recent LSAT score is a testament of this self-awakening.While I may not ha ve taken the direct route to law school, I took the course that suited me we ll. I needed to find goals that would drive me through all-nighters and exam periods. Over the course of the past few years, I have transformed from an inexperienced college graduate to a respected professional. My departure fro m classroom study has helped me grow into a more confident, independent indi vidual who has developed the ability to set goals and focus on the path to a chieving them. I believe I am now prepared to make the most of my future edu cational experiences, and I hope for the opportunity to do this at ______.

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Subject: Anderson Business School Essay3 Please give a brief evaluation of yourself as a leader By serving as a nonco mmissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, I learned and develope d valuable leadership skills that would prove crucial to my success as a lea der and to my ability to gain the respect of my subordinates. The Marine Cor ps places great emphasis on leadership characteristics, believing that great leaders are not born, they are properly trained. I submitted to grueling tr aining on my way to becoming an officer in the Marines, and believe this tra ining gives me the foundation of strong leadership skills that I will need i n every day corporate America.Leadership in the Marine Corps is more complic ated than the simple management of employees. I learned this lesson the hard way, being thrust into a management position as my unit was being shipped o ver seas during the Persian Gulf War. As a newly promoted Corporal, I was gi ven the job of night crew supervisor in charge of 15 other marines. In the M arine Corps, leaders are not only held accountable for the work getting done but also for the performance and conduct of their marines. At the age of 21 ,I had the responsibility not only to carry out my orders but also to safegu ard the personal lives and protect the general welfare of my men. This being my second time over seas, I understood many of the difficulties that a youn g marine can have on their first extended trip away from their family. I enj oyed helping my marines over come their problems, and learned that the benef its were well worth the time that I invested. I discovered that employees wh o have the support of their management tend to be more focused on the tasks at hand, gaining levels of trust and loyalty that can only benefit the organ ization. Related to this issue of gaining trust and loyalty through manageme nt supportiveness is that the Marine Corps requires creative means to motiva te subordinates. It can be very difficult at times to be in charge of indivi duals, yet have no direct control over their salaries or advancement in the organization. The government decides military salaries, and promotions are c ontrolled by boards with the primary means of measurement being time in serv ice. For this reason, I learned to manage through mutual respect. I believe it is much more important to gain the trust and confidence of your employees than to use direct compensation to motivate them. Throughout my Marine Corp s career and beyond I developed many strong leadership skills, but most of a ll I learned that to be effective as a manager one must remain focused on th e human aspect of leadership. By concentrating too much on the goal and not on the people needed to meet it, leaders risk alienating their employees and thus failure in achieving the goal itself. By leveraging the lessons and qu alities I gained while serving as an officer in the Marine Corps, I hope to meaningfully contribute to the academic environment at the Anderson School o f Business.

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Subject: Generic Business School Essay3 Describe two events in your life to date that demonstrate your ability to do well in business (300-500words)My ability to excel in business rests firmly upon two of my major talents:creative adaptability and leadership. These qua lities are essential to anyendeavor, but are most useful in solving the prob lems that must rise in anybusiness setting. Success relies upon the ability

to turn potentialfailures into accomplishments.Two years ago, I took a Comme rce course that required group presentations.Many teams were competing, and mine was determined to stand out among them.We decided to use PowerPoint, an imation, and sound to enhance our project, and held endless meetings to disc uss strategy and design. All wasproceeding smoothly until the morning of the presentation, when a groupmember discovered that our disk had a virus and c ould not be used. We werein shock, for losing the disk limited us to the mos t simple presentationmethods. Our grade would surely suffer. I decided to ta ke bold measures, and suggested we change our presentation to the style of a skit. Althoughno one agreed with me, we had no real alternative. I spent th e rest of theday preparing the skit, drawing upon my high school drama exper ience forcreative flair. When we met for a last-minute rehearsal, my team me mberswere wary of the project, but I encouraged them to put aside their doub tsand focus on the task. My efforts were rewarded; we received a respectable grade, and the professor commended us for our inventiveness. Thisexperience taught me that creativity and flexibility are essential to anyendeavor&#8212 ; and that one should always have a back-up plan.I have also worked to devel op firm leadership skills. While enrolled in anESL program in Canada, I join ed the Culture Club as Special Event Director.I managed a group of six in or ganizing various functions. As I was the mostadvanced ESL student among the group, I assumed myself to be the mostcapable. I quickly learned my mistake. In preparing our first function, Iwas strict with my team members and often rejected their ideas in favor ofmy own. I performed most of their tasks mys elf, allowing them to assist meonly in minor details. As a result, the funct ion was not successful. Fewpeople attended, and we had problems with decorat ions and presentation. Thesetback disheartened me, and I spoke of it to the Club’s supervisor. Sheresponded that she had trust in my ability to succeed in the future. Thatcomment filled me with surprise, for I realized I had nev er trusted my ownteam members. Although they were weak English speakers, the y had manyvaluable talents. I immediately changed my policy, allowing team m embers tochoose the tasks they desired and complete them on their own. Meeti ngsevolved into group brainstorming sessions, which yielded many good ideas. Most importantly, the atmosphere among us improved dramatically. We werehapp ier and eager to devote time to the program. I learned what trueleadership i s, and this experience will undoubtedly be of use to me in anybusiness situa tion. --

********************************* Subject: NYU Stern Business School Essay Think about the decisions you have made that led to your current position. P ast: What choices have you made that led to your current position present: w hy is a stern mba necessary at this point in your life? future: what is your desired position upon graduation from the Stern school I have always desire d a career that requires innovation, educated risk, and foresight. I learned to respect these qualities from my father, a Lebanese immigrant who worked for years to create his own business. Through his example, I have seen first hand the advantages and challenges of self-employment--the rewards to be gai ned and the total commitment required. My goal is to create a business based on my own ideas and efforts, and have made decisions aimed at bringing this dream into fruition.After graduating from college, I accepted a position as the manager of an established German restaurant in San Francisco. I had bee

n the evening manager there for nearly two years while attending college, an d knew that the restaurant was struggling. For several years, high overhead costs and poor marketing had brought revenue to a minimum. I saw the positio n as an intriguing challenge; I knew I could dramatically increase the resta urant’ s profitability. Immediately after accepting the position in Ju ly of 1995,I addressed the most significant problem: high overhead from over staffing, food waste, and unnecessary purchases of supplies. I lowered each of these expenses while maintaining the restaurant’ s quality and effi ciency. My next target was marketing. Inexpensive advertisement in local new spapers, attractive signage, and Internet postings brought in many new custo mers. In the meantime, I took control of the accounting, eliminating the nee d for independent help. The increased revenue and decreased spending had an immediate effect. At the end of 1996,the restaurant reported a profit for th e first time in six years. I remained with the business until it was sold in 1997,monitoring these changes in order to provide lasting improvement.Altho ugh the position made me realize that the restaurant business did not appeal to me, those two years reaffirmed my desire to operate my own business. I h ad not abandoned my education during that time; while working at the restaur ant, I had taken real estate courses in the evening and passed the Californi a State Broker exam in 1996. My brother and I launched our own property mana gement company in April of 1996,and it quickly grew. We currently have seven commercial properties under management. Our responsibilities include leasin g, accounting, and property maintenance. In 1997,I began working as a broker with a commercial real estate company, largely to gain the knowledge of ret ail to improve the leasing and sales division of my company. I am currently employed in a sales position with a private business bank in San Francisco. I was hired to bring business into the bank, which rarely advertises, prefer ring to attract business primarily from referrals. My responsibilities inclu de interacting with potential clients, selling loans and deposits, and accou nt maintenance. This job has given me better understanding of sales and fina nce, which is crucial to the success of any business. Although my ultimate g oal is to grow our property management company into a full time business, th ese positions in other industries have been invaluable learning aids. Proper ty management requires an extensive knowledge of real estate, banking, accou nting and sales. I now feel confident that I have gained valuable experience with my work. However, I know that earning a graduate degree will further e nhance the skills I need to develop a viable company. The Leonard N. Stern S chool of Business at New York University will allow me to learn from the fin est teachers, interact with the brightest students, and experience one of th e top graduate programs in the United States. I can only anticipate the inva luable knowledge and training I will gain from being a part of this program. Although my work experience has been extremely important, the NYU Stern Sch ool of Business will be equally as educational. It will allow me to incorpor ate my experiences with other equally ambitious students, and to broaden my goals, ideas and perspectives. A graduate degree in Management and Organizat ional Behavior is a significant asset to any business owner. The first year curriculum of accounting, management, finance, marketing, and economics will enhance my knowledge of the basic foundations of business and management. D uring my second semester, I will enroll in the track courses of Entrepreneur ial Studies. These classes will teach me advanced business techniques and th eir successful implementation. In addition, Stern-sponsored, non-academic en trepreneurial organizations will be both educational and enjoyable. I view t hese as an opportunity to meet students who share similar goals. They will e xpand my awareness of new business concepts within our quickly evolving econ

omy--which I hope to incorporate into my own company. The experiences availa ble at NYU are myriad, and a degree from the Stern School will propel me tow ard the realization of my professional goals. --

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Subject: Generic Business School Essay2 1. Why, at this time in your career, are you seeking an MBA degree? What do you hope to gain from an MBA program and degree? I embarked on a journey tow ard an MBA over eleven years ago, when I earned an undergraduate degree in B usiness Administration-Finance at the University of Kentucky. My decision to follow this path, however, has its roots in my pre-teen days of selling any thing from fresh vegetables to newspapers to Christmas cards. I cultivated t his inclination in college, where I chose to pursue a career in information technology. The field beckoned to me with the promise of tremendous opportun ities for personal and intellectual growth--and was far more glamorous than flinging newspapers from the passenger seat of my father’ s car! Moreo ver, its practical applications in the corporate world provided me with a ch ance to make a positive contribution to society; my actions could have a dra matic impact on business processes and productivity. Looking through the "sc rapbook" of my life affords me both amusement and wonder. I envision myself at my first interview--nervous, excited, and wearing a truly horrible suit! Next comes an image of my first undergraduate position, in which boundless e nthusiasm compensated for a lack of experience. Over the following two years , I evolved into a “ tough as nails” team leader, dedicated to m y work and driven by perfectionism. I strove to provide excellent client ser vice, but lacked the humor and friendliness that create a pleasant team envi ronment. The years, however, have been both educational and formative. When I look in the mirror today, I marvel at the changes. I see before me a recog nized and respected leader in the area of large, complex, process-improvemen t information-technology implementations within my firm. Quite a mouthful&#8 230; and quite an accomplishment. When I envision the "scrapbook pages" that the next few years will fill, I see an image of myself as a partner with Pr icewaterhouseCoopers. Such a position, however, requires both the experience I already possess and the education I hope to gain with an MBA degree. The complex and diverse challenges that attaining an MBA would present are perfe ctly suited for the constant improvement required for a successful business career. I have spent the past seven years focusing on the development of pro ject management and leadership skills, yet I feel a distinct need for contin ued growth. An MBA will provide the impetus and setting for honing my skills in the areas of negotiation, persuasion, inspiration, and professional arti culation.I also see the MBA as a rare opportunity to gain heightened insight into other lifestyles. To run a business, I need to better understand the e xecutive’ s viewpoint in today’ s corporate environment. I have already gained exposure to many aspects of the business "organism" and under stand how important it is to align strategic decisions at the executive leve l with tactical execution at the business unit level. The MBA will strengthe n my understanding of this dynamic and provide me with broadened exposure to the intricacies of decision-making. In addition, the MBA will leave me with an appreciation for and understanding of the historical and predicted futur e evolution of the business community. Attaining the degree is a major step

in preparing for a bright, successful future in the business world. Yet this is hardly the end. These are only a few of the many skills which, when exec uted professionally and proficiently, can strengthen and refine leadership. Harvey MacKay recently wrote a book entitled Dig Your Well Before You’ re Thirsty. Although Mr. MacKay’ s work is an entertaining and highly useful guide to establishing personal networks, I find its title to be a he althy maxim for life in general. I want to approach my career with the best possible qualifications, and an MBA is essential to such development. My vis ion of the future is constantly evolving, but the importance of proper educa tion remains constant, making an MBA degree the most urgent priority at this point in my career. Subject: Generic Law School Essay In Japan, international flight attendants are known as "flowers of thesky." They are considered intelligent and attractive, and celebrities andfamous at hletes have been known to take stewardesses as their wives. As youcan imagin e, this reputation has made stewardessing one of the most popularjobs among young Japanese women. When I was in Japan, I too had imaginedgrowing up to b e a stewardess: I would speak English fluently, fly all overthe world, marry someone after 5 or 6 years of my work, and eventually quitthe job to take c are of home and children.After spending three years in south Korea and seven years in the UnitedStates, however, I changed my goals quite a bit. The thi ngs I’ve seen andthe people I’ve talked to have reshaped my perspective on l ife: No longerwill I be content with a job that has little social impact. In stead, I planon attending law school so I can pursue a career in internation al businesslaw.What caused such a dramatic shift in my future plans? Part of it was myfirst-hand exposure to foreign relations. The three years I spent living, studying, and teaching in Korea enabled me to view my country from a noutside perspective. Korea had been occupied by Japan for 36 years, and the people had strong feelings of hostility and distrust toward Japan. Atfirst, I thought the negative feelings were because of Japan’s aggressionsduring it s colonial rule of Korea. But my job as a Japanese instructor gaveme the opp ortunity to discuss this issue with my Korean students, and Isoon learned th e real reason behind their feelings: Koreans resented Japannot just for past grievances, but more importantly, because Japan stillrefused to admit any w rongdoing. Coming to this realization, I aspired tohave a career which would enable me to solve problems between Japan andother countries.My desire to e xplore the complex relationships between groups or countriesdid not stop onc e I left Korea. At Dartmouth College, I majored in bothSociology and Asian S tudies, which allowed me to do comparative studies ondifferent societies of the East and the West. During my senior year atDartmouth, my honors thesis e xplored the Japanese religious cult which wasresponsible for the 1995 Tokyo subway gas attack. I found the project to beone of the most valuable educati onal experiences I’d ever had. The subjectintrigued me because the explanati on provided by the media--that all theterrorist acts committed by the group had been masterminded by theleader--did not satisfy my desire to understand roots of the attack.However, I was limited by what I found in newspapers, an d I found itdifficult to collect other materials since few academic articles on theevent existed at that time. So I turned to other sources of research, including my correspondence with Professor Helen Hardacre at HarvardUnivers ity and Professor Manabu Watanabe at Nanzan University, Japan.With their hel p, I was able to examine the terrorist group from a differentperspective. Af ter nine months of studying Aum publications, newspapersand reports, and oth er "cult" literature, I found that complexrelationships between the group an d society outside -- the media, familiesof the members, anti-cult movements,

and the government -- contributed toAum’s violence and, finally, led to the attack. My paper demonstrated thatit was difficult for a "deviant" religiou s group to exist peacefully in adisapproving society, and religious institut ions would have to be regulatedto prevent conflict.After my graduation, I ha d two internships in Washington, D.C. AtConsumers for World Trade, a nonprof it organization dedicated to promotingfree trade and open market through adv ocacy and education, I attendedtrade-related seminars and Congressional hear ings on trade legislation, wrote articles for CWT’s weekly and monthly newsl etters, and conductedresearch for a database of U.S. regulations and restric tions on imports.This first-hand experience with issues related to trade pol icy enabled meto examine the benefits of free trade and liberalization of ma rket while, at the same time, learning more about the xenophobic Japanese ma rket. Ibecame particularly interested in exploring this issue and chose to i nternat the Economic Strategy Institute, which was known for its research on theeconomic and trade issues between the United States and Japan.At the Eco nomic Strategy Institute, I have been involved in two majorprojects. One is a study on a WTO competition policy agreement andU.S.-Japan trade relations, which was sponsored by the Japan-U.S.Friendship Commission, and the other p roject involves research on U.S.influence on the development of Japanese ant i-trust law. I examined theorigin and prominent characteristics of Japanese anti-trust laws orcompetition policies.Through these projects and others in the future, I aim not only tounderstand how Japanese competition policies ha ve contributed to Japanesemarket structures andpatterns of business organiza tions, but also toexamine possible changes to the current economic structure of Japan. Thesequestions fascinate me, because I think it’s time for Japan to open up itsmarkets to foreign competition, to develop stronger and more d emocraticeconomic structures.Some might be surprised that a young Japanese g irl whose only ambition wasto be a stewardess would have such lofty ambition s only ten years afterleaving her country. But now that I have been exposed to the bigger pictureof international trade and economic issues, and now tha t I know I amcapable of one day influencing relations between Japan and othe r countries, how can I demand less of myself? My current ambition is to stud yinternational business law, which is crucial in solving trade frictions and other trade barrier related problems between Japan and other nations, especi ally the United States. With the excellence of its legal instructionand its strength in international business law and comparative law, Ibelieve _____ L aw School would provide me with an unparalleled opportunityto pursue that go al. -**********************************

Subject: Chicago Medical School Essay As a potential medical student, I will strive to be a tremendous asset to Th e Chicago Medical School by devoting all my time and life to becoming an exc ellent physician. I believe that I am obligated to use my talents in a const ructive manner, in a manner that benefits society. The medical career gives me the unique opportunity to express my many talents while benefiting human life.B. Berston M.D. once said: “ ... a funny thing happens to medical students on their way to becoming physicians: they forget how to hold a con versation.” I believe that my ability to communicate makes me well sui ted to pursue a medical career. While I possess the strong science backgroun

d necessary for success in the profession, I also consider myself a “ people” person. As a waiter and bartender, I dramatically improved and expanded my communication skills since I was constantly meeting new people and discussing different topics. Because people constantly disclosed their p ersonal issues to me as a bartender, I learned to become not only a good con versationalist, but also an excellent listener. In medical school, I also pl an to pursue side work educating students and serving as a resource to the p ublic. One of my most rewarding experiences has been tutoring high school st udents in math, physics, and biology, and helping people in my choir learn B yzantine music. Always able to develop a good rapport with students, I belie ve I possess a talent for teaching others in a friendly manner and in a mann er that helps them to grasp difficult concepts easily. As part of my medical career, I will aim to continue teaching and to provide information to the p ublic on the prevention and treatment of ailments and diseases.Undoubtedly m y cultural diversity will be a great contribution to The Chicago Medical Sch ool. Being raised in a Greek family in Canada, visiting different countries, and now living in the United States, I have experienced the similarities an d differences among many diverse cultural groups and geographical areas. Thi s allowed me to relate to different types of people by understanding their w ays and beliefs, a quality that will help me work well with other medical st udents and help me serve my patients better in the future.Highly motivated t o succeed, I dramatically improved my grades following a time of confusion a nd immaturity in 1990 and 1991,which was brought on by family illness and tu rmoil. Once I realized what goal I wanted to pursue in life, I worked hard t o succeed, and my remaining five years of schooling are truly indicative of my intellectual capacity and motivation for success. My strength as a candid ate to The Chicago Medical School lies mostly in the objectives that I plan to fulfill upon becoming a physician. They are, in no particular order of im portance, as follows:1) To provide excellence in comprehensive care by using my acquired skills as both a competent professional and also as a compassio nate human being.2) To cultivate my leadership role both in the community of my practice and in the nation to formulate and maintain health care princip les and advancements.3) To employ the latest knowledge and techniques in det ection and prevention of disease, and the restoration of health.4) To develo p and employ methods to take care of an aging population.5) To show reverenc e for human beings by giving excellent care to all6) To forever expand my kn owledge through experience, continuing education courses, and research.I hav e been diligent in my pursuit of medicine as a career because I am convinced that medicine offers me the opportunity to live a fulfilling, rewarding lif e dedicated to helping others. I will enter medicine eager to learn and thir sting for the knowledge to help my fellow human beings. Attending The Chicag o Medical School would be one of the greatest rewards for my motivation and persistence for success. I swear to uphold and exceed all that is expected o f a future physician while promoting the progress of medicine and humanity. --

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Subject: UCLA Business School Essay 1. Please give a brief evaluation of yourself as a leader.2. What do you con sider to be your most important personal andprofessional accomplishments to

date?3. Why have you decided to enter the Fully Employed MBA Program? Why is this the appropriate time for you to begin?1. Becoming a leader in the busi ness world has been my goal sincehigh school. In order to succeed at any goa l, one must first find a pathto reach the goal, and then embark on that path . My path to becoming aleader began in high school. While studying in high s chool, I demonstratedgreat dedication, a trait necessary for a leader. I mas tered severaldifferent disciplines. I passed Advanced Placement tests in Art History, Chemistry and Physics, and graduated in the top 5% of my class. I alsohad the opportunity to exercise actual leadership skills as President of both the Science Club and the Business Club. At the State University of Cali fornia at Los Angeles, I continuedto serve leadership positions while remain ing committed to my studies. Iwon first place in the Phi Beta Lambda 31st St ate Leadership Conference inManagement and Information Management. Although I worked 36 hours a weekat two part-time jobs, in addition to participating in this conference, Iwas able to maintain my grades. I joined the General Ed ucation HonorsProgram. Upon entering the working world, I found that the va lue ofleadership is priceless. The climate has changed drastically, from aco operative, serene learning environment to a place where only the fittestsurv ive. Luckily, my leadership training from high school and college haspaid of f. I was quickly promoted from purchasing agent to procurementsupervisor. As a further step in becoming a business leader, I recentlyaccepted an offer f rom Rain Bird to be a buyer/planner. In this role, Iam in total control of t wo product lines that make about $15 million insales each year. Although I h ave learned new ways to manage labor andproducts, in this new position I hav e finally found my leadershipqualities to be inadequate. I need to discover how engineering changes, climate changes, and marketing promotions of Rain B ird and its competitorsaffect my product lines. I want to learn how informat ion systems enhanceand ease business transactions, and how to be more produc tive andefficient in this global economy. After consulting several fellowcoworkers who have studied in UCLAs FEMBA Program, I think studying therewould help me continue on my path of success. 2. I have made my most important pe rsonal and professionalaccomplishments as a member of APICS, the Educational Society for ResourceManagement. A co-worker introduced me to this organizat ion. At first, Iwas reluctant to join because I thought, "I already have a d egree inoperations management; why do I need to join an association in which Iwould learn nothing new?" As time went on I found out more and more aboutt his prestigious organization and gradually discovered that bycontributing to the it I could improve my managing abilities. I quicklybecame certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM). Afterabout a year, I was appoint ed director of the San Gabriel Valley Chapterof APICS, which is the most che rished accomplishment I have to date. Running a chapter is like running a sm all business. There is anational body, like a government, which establishes by-laws and rules towhich we have to adhere. We have to market ourselves, ca pture customers(members) and make them happy by offering our products and se rvices. Webook classrooms and sponsor workshops on different aspects ofmanuf acturing for members and non-members. Every month we have a jointmeeting wit h the Anaheim chapter which features a renowned speaker. Wealso create and p ublish a newsletter every month to update our membersabout APICS and the lat est manufacturing trends. Sometimes we solicitcompanies in the San Gabriel V alley about the possibility of offeringAPICS classes onsite. The greatest ch allenge in directing an APICSchapter is in financing all of the chapters act ivities. The most valuable benefit I have gained from being an APICSdirector has been the ties I have developed with fellow directors andmembers. In API CS, I continually meet new colleagues. They come fromlarge and small compani

es, and in positions from receiving clerks to vicepresidents. We all meet to discuss the latest trends in manufacturing andjob opportunities around the area. By learning from each other, we canimprove our companies’ bottom lines . As an APICS director, I have learned a lot about marketing andfinance. I would not have been able to gain such valuable knowledgewithout hands-on exp erience. The entrepreneurial abilities I havedeveloped in this position will prove useful as I move further along mypath to business success. 3. There a re many reasons why I believe this is the perfect time forme to start the Fu lly Employed MBA Program at UCLA. With regard to gainingknowledge, I have be en learning continuously since high school. Duringhigh school summer breaks, I took SAT workshops, and in college, I tookclasses even in summer quarters . When I graduated and started working, Istudied to become CPIM-certified fo r APICS. Starting the MBA program nowis the next most logical step in my car eer. In terms of career advancements, I am also pushing myself to thelimit. I was quickly promoted to a supervisory level at RainBird and to adirecting position at APICS. I want to keep my pace on this fast careertrack. Starting the MBA program now will surely open doors to uppermanagement positions wit hin RainBird. With regard to personal goals, I have wanted to go to UCLA sin cehigh school. I got accepted by the undergraduate school but financialdiffi culties forced me to choose a state university. Getting my MBA atUCLA will b e a childhood dream come true. Last but not least in making this the ideal t ime for me to pursuean MBA is the great support from people around me. My wi fe believesgetting an MBA will improve the quality of our lives; my parents thinkthat with an MBA I can be an exemplary model for my brother and sister; co-workers that are already in the FEMBA program told me the program isexce llent and the experience worthwhile; and my plant manager, who is aFEMBA alu mna, told me it was the best two and a half years she ever spentin school. W ith my high expectations and support from others, I am confidentthat I can s ucceed at UCLA. I am ready to start the FEMBA program thisfall

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Subject: Business School Essay_ 1)Discuss the factors that influenced your career decisions to date. Also di scuss your career plans and why you want to obtain an MBA. (300-500 words) 2 ) Describe two events in your life to date that demonstrate your ability to do well in business (300-500words) 1)When I was four years old, my father mo ved from Hong Kong to Indonesia to start a textile company, leaving me with my mother. In order to alleviate the pressures of separation, I developed th e computer skills needed for electronic communication at an early age--my ei ghth school year. The Internet caught my attention immediately, and became a n enjoyable tool. In the summer of 1992,I utilized my computing skills by vo lunteering at a library, where I helped with computer and Internet related q uestions. During that time, my father’ s business had launched many te chnological changes that led to automation of its production line. These imp rovements had saved his company from bankruptcy. Visiting him and seeing how the new system had increased his profits heightened my interest in Informat ion Technology (IT). I now live in Canada, where computers continue to play a large role in my daily affairs. I use electronic mail and Internet chats t o communicate with both parents, and have chosen MIS as my course of study. Information Technology fascinates me not only because it makes companies mor e competitive, but also because it can bridge great distances to bring peopl

e together. I have much respect for and interest in the IT industry.Personal satisfaction also plays a key role in my career decision. While monetary re wards are of practical importance, true job satisfaction springs from the op portunity to grow and learn within an industry. I enjoy acquiring new skills and information, which help me adapt to the fast-changing world as well as piquing my interest. In addition, a career with open prospects would give me constant incentive to improve myself and gain more knowledge. I currently v olunteer for an on-campus organization, Job Link, in which I am responsible for posting employment opportunities on the World Wide Web, answering questi ons, and preparing informative handouts. This position has broadened my comp uting abilities and has improved my interpersonal skills, which are crucial to any business endeavor. I enjoy the sense of productivity and usefulness I gain from the work, and feel it is a valuable experience for future employm ent. In short, my goal is to obtain a Masters degree, and then work in an IT -related industry, either with a consulting firm or as a system analyst with a financial institution. In addition to this, I plan to use my private time to attend computer-programming courses in order to maintain a competitive k nowledge of technology. When I have gathered enough experience and skills, I hope to launch a consulting company of my own.Attending a Masters of Scienc e program will definitely smooth the path to these goals. The program will d eepen my expertise and broaden my perspectives. Moreover, the MIS option wil l help me to hone my skills in IT areas that I have not yet encountered. As I have attended UBC for four years, I am familiar with and have confidence i n the faculty professors whom I believe can help me become an IT professiona l. 2) During my six years in primary school, my classmates referred to me as “ the alien, ” maintaining a definite distance from me. Their r easons were clear; I was born with severe dermatitis, which filled my limbs with ulcers and scars. My life was one of pain and isolation. Doctors predic ted I would never fully recover, but my parents refused to believe this. The y encouraged me to hope for the future, teaching me that any obstacle could be overcome. I therefore took an active role in my health, trying many medic ations and herbs. I learned to approach my loneliness with bravery, viewing it as a challenge to rise above. The summer after I graduated from primary s chool, my disease improved dramatically. Although my body remained riddled w ith scars, the ulcers dwindled to a handful. The self-confidence this gave m e was profound; I realized that my personal will had led to this improvement . I began to seek out friendships at school, and took part in activities lik e volleyball, Girl Guide, and Art Club. Through it all, my attitude toward c hallenges remained the same. In every examination or competition, I told mys elf that I could easily excel; nothing could be more difficult than the pain I had already overcome. By the time I moved to Canada, I had fully recovere d both socially and physically. Moreover, I had learned to be confident and never fear failure. This credo echoes through my personal life, and gives me the inner resources to succeed at any endeavor, including my professional p ursuits. I have also developed a firm foundation of leadership skills. While enrolled in an ESL program in Canada, I joined the Culture Club as a Specia l Event Director. I managed a group of six in organizing various functions. I was the most advanced ESL student among the group, and thus assumed myself to be the most capable. I quickly learned my mistake. In preparing our firs t function, I was strict with my team members and often rejected their ideas in favor of my own. I performed most of their tasks myself, allowing them t o assist me only in minor details. As a result, the function was not very su ccessful. Few people attended, and we had problems with decorations and pres entation. The setback disheartened me, and I spoke of it to the Club’

s supervisor. She responded that she had trust in my ability to succeed in t he future. That comment filled me with surprise, for I realized I had never trusted my own team members. Although they were weak in the English language , they had many valuable talents. I immediately changed my policy, allowing team members to choose the tasks they desired and complete them on their own . Meetings evolved into group brainstorming sessions, which yielded many goo d ideas. Most importantly, the atmosphere among us improved dramatically. We were happier and eager to devote time to the program. I learned what true l eadership is, and this experience will undoubtedly be of use to me in any bu siness situation.

************************* Subject: University of Toronto Business School Essay1 I have accomplished much in the last five years, and need an MBA for the ski lls and credentials necessary for corporate advancement. Expending vast amou nts of energy and working tirelessly for the last five years, I now seek a n ew level of career growth that only a professional degree will permit. While I can continue to advance in my career without a professional degree, I nee d a degree so that the pace of my career advancement can quicken and so that I can begin my rise to managerial prominence.I began my professional career as a teaching assistant with the “ Politehnica” University in B ucharest in the Computer Engineering and Control Systems Faculty. Over the p eriod of more than two years I worked with students and professors and learn ed the art of both listening and explaining ideas. As a teacher, I stayed at tuned to the latest theories in the industry and helped developed in-depth a nalytical and communicational skills. Deciding that I needed deeper involvem ent with the nuts and bolts of the computer engineering world I decided to s tart in 1994 what later became a fruitful collaboration with one of the firs t Systems Integrators and Value Added Resellers in Romania: Fiatest Ltd. For more than one and a half years, I worked with an excellent team of speciali sts in this small but dynamic company and became educated in project managem ent from the early stages of gathering specifications to the follow up stage of final implementation. These skills proved very useful to me when I accep ted my first job after arriving in Canada in September 1995.As a Technical C onsultant with ONYX Computers between September 1995 and December 1997,I wor ked on many projects for clients in the financial industry. Because of the i mportance of the accounts that the team and I dealt with, my experience at O NYX raised the quality of my work and improved my dedication to the task at hand. I have learned that a key to career success is to stay informed of the latest developments of the industry and to continually acquire more and mor e career skills. The ability to deal with complex technical issues in an ana lytical yet professional approach has helped me in the process of interactin g with customers and solving their problems. In this team-oriented environme nt, I also had the opportunity to forge fruitful relationships with my colle agues and my managers, and I learned the importance and relative rarity of a well-functioning team. In December 1997,I jumped at the opportunity to join the renowned company The Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. as a Senior Systems A nalyst Managerial Staff Position. The publisher of the biggest daily newspap er and an important player in new multimedia technologies for the Internet a nd television, The Toronto Star and its Corporate Systems Department has pro ved to be a very challenging 7 by 24 environment. Due to the specifics of th e newspaper publishing industry and the competitive environment of the Great

er Toronto Area, all precautions are taken when dealing with a new project t o ensure that the outcome will further bolster the dominant position of The Toronto Star from all aspects: content, graphics, quality of newsprint and c irculation. Building my skill set to include managerial technical skills, in my capacity as a Senior Systems Analyst, I provide support for various depa rtments in The Toronto Star and its subsidiaries by managing and working on technical projects related to the various informational systems and the unde rlying networking infrastructure. While working intensively in IT and dealin g with all aspects of project implementation, I began to realize my need for formal education in business administration. Such a business administration program will help me gain valuable managerial skills: the ability to better analyze and integrate all the aspects of project management and the needed resource management skills. In addition, added credentials will make it poss ible for me to reach rungs of the corporate ladder that I would otherwise ne ver reach.By successfully completing the highly regarded MBA program at the University of Toronto, I will build further on my existing set of skills and gain the knowledge and needed qualities to move into project management and mid-level managerial positions. I feel that my background, determination an d willingness to succeed will be my strong allies in this endeavor. Please g ive an example of an instance or challenge in your professional or personal situation in which you failed. How did you deal with this failure and what l essons, if any, did you learn from this experience?(500 words)Essay #2: Deal ing with a failureSometimes one simply has to have the courage to take a bol d stance and express fearlessly their opinions and beliefs, even if the resu lts of such a statement are not completely known. One such situation happene d to me almost five years ago during the second month of employment with Fia test Ltd.. The Technical Department held an internal meeting to discuss the status of a project to implement a Novell-based networking system for their headquarters and two of their branch offices.There were two separate opinion s on what would be the best technical approach for the team involved in this project. My colleagues expressed their opinion and detailed what would be t he pros and cons of each of them: the majority of them were in favor of the first approach, a by-the-book approach frequently used in the industry. Howe ver, the first approach, in my opinion would not provide the best results in terms of customer satisfaction and implementation time. The second approach , a non-conformist approach, would have been more time and cost-effective, b ut I did not know how to clearly make a point of the numerous advantages tha t I saw. Moreover, as a new hire, I did not want to seem insubordinate to th e other systems engineers who had much more implementation experience than I did. I also feared that even if I expressed my opinion on this subject, no one would really listen to someone without practical exposure to this type o f implementation.Three weeks down the road, we received a customer report ch astising our company for implementation failure on two counts: timeliness an d effectiveness, and we then realized the shortcomings of the team decision at the first meeting. In between the two meetings I had made my opinion know n to the members of the team and suggested a deviation from the first fruitl ess approach towards the second approach. Eventually everything fell into pl ace and the project was completed to the client’ s satisfaction but Fi atest’ s team had to put in extra resources and time to finish the pro ject.. I have learned from this experience that whenever the topics on a mee ting’ s agenda are well within my competency that I should prepare a f act-based opinion that expresses as concise as possible the best solution to the topics raised. I now make sure that my opinion is heard, and I am prepa red to defend it with detailed documentation. If a better solution were agre

ed upon, I would embrace it: my goal like everyone else’ s in the team is to maximize efficiency and customer satisfaction, and nothing is gained from withholding my opinion. Subject: Carroll Business School Essay1 Essay 2:Why have you selected the Master’ s or Ph.D. program in the Ca rroll School of Management at Boston College? No MBA program can be truly e xceptional unless it fulfills three crucial criteria. First, it must pursue constant innovation and improvement in its business education. Additionally, it must also address international issues that will prepare students for th e challenges of working in a global economy. Lastly, it must combine theoret ical training with practical business skills, thereby allowing students to k eep abreast of current trends and to master every nuance of management. The Carroll School not only meets these criteria, but also adds to them the stre ngths of creativity and flexibility. For years, its MBA program has given st udents the cutting-edge experience needed to succeed, as well as superior pr eparation for handling the most complicated of business operations. Yet the Carroll School’ s education is not confined to the classroom. In addit ion to exceptional instruction on campus, each student receives the opportun ity to develop a real-world understanding of the inner workings of a busines s environment. The Carroll School’ s extensive list of business associ ations and its alumni network provide ample scope for gaining invaluable han ds-on experience. It is therefore no wonder that its MBA program is renowned for molding trailblazers in business and financial management. Furthermore, the Carroll School is truly committed to building global managerial skills. Its dedication to international education extends beyond its highly rated f ocus on international issues to the actual atmosphere of the school. The div ersity of cultures and backgrounds in the student body is a constant source of experience in the habits and attitudes of other peoples. This both streng thens global thinking and lays the foundation for an effective future as a m anager in an international economy. I feel confident that the Carroll Schoo l’ s MBA program will prepare me for a successful career in financial consulting, and look forward to the opportunities it will afford me in the y ears to come. --

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Subject: Sloan Business School Essay2 Essay 1:Discuss the effect that an increasingly global economy may have on y our future responsibilities as a manager, both generally and as regards your chosen field, and what you hope to learn at MIT to enable you to meet this challenge? The globalization of the 1990s has had a profound impact on every facet of the business world.Companies in every nation can now reach custome rs around the world and cut operation costs through global scales of product ion and distribution. Today, Gillette Co. is manufacturing razor sin Russia, Fidelity Investment is selling its funds in Germany, addition is serving mi llions of customers from Asia to America. Meanwhile, international markets u ndergo constant change, intense competition, and heightened customer expecta tion, which makes it increasingly difficult for a company to gain and mainta in its competitive edge. Managers must therefore take on a broader range of responsibilities. A successful manager will monitor the competitive landscap e and decide if his organization has the strategies, structures, and personn

el to be viable on a global level. In spite of the different approaches he m ay take, one thing remains constant--a manager must instill a commitment to globalization throughout his company. Simple exposure to an expanded economy does not make a corporation “ international.” Rather, there nee ds to be a widespread adjustment of attitude, as well as sweeping changes in operation, to ensure the company’ s profitability. The initial steps a manager must take are twofold: to clearly outline the challenges and oppor tunities of an international market, and to address the individual talents o f each employee. A successful manager will tailor his company’ s globa l strategies to suit its resources and capacities. This involves setting rea listic goals without losing sight of more elevated ones. Not every corporati on, for instance, has the size and reach of Citigroup, which will have one b illion customers by the year 2010. While a manager should take the limitatio ns of his corporation into account, he must also remember that quality of pr oducts and services can achieve goals that mere size cannot. Instead of bein g “ all things to all people, ” a smaller company can take a mor e specialized approach to the global market by focusing on a certain sector in which it can excel. To achieve this, it is critical to match the talents and experience of each employee to the task best suited to him. For instance , a salesman who excels in the United States may not possess the cultural kn owledge needed to succeed in China or Brazil. Different cultures, laws, and market conditions make international operation a complicated process of syst em engineering. A manager must develop working teams that have the skills ne cessary to interact with people throughout the world. It is therefore the du ty of the manager to establish which strategies work best, and then follow w ith appropriate policies in international marketing, finance, and human reso urces.This is an ongoing task that requires continual monitoring of new adva nces in the business world. A manager must shape his company into a flexible organization that can learn from and respond to fast-changing environments. Another critical aspect of success is the proper placement of technological developments within the corporation. Technology enables a manager to direct and control operations in a multitude of business environments. And with th e growing availability of technology to all competitors, a manager must prop erly implement technological initiatives to give his company a market advant age. In a world fraught with intense competition, ideas are the ultimate too l of a successful corporation. In order to be recognized and chosen by custo mers, a company must be both creative and unique. A manager’ s respons ibility thus includes stimulating new ideas and innovations that will push t he company forward in the marketplace. In the field of finance, globalizati on compels managers to make decisions in the shadow of uncertainty. Numerous forces affect international capital markets. As the markets become more and more integrated, changes in one region will initiate chain reactions that c an eventually affect all others. One such example is the Asian currency cris is of 1997,which is still affecting the world’ s economy today. Howeve r, as the world moves toward common standards of financial governance and ma rket valuation, new opportunities have arisen for international financial op erations. Financial managers must therefore look for innovative ways to mana ge risk. Every global corporation will have to address the cultural and lega l differences among countries to protect corporate assets and earnings. This requires that the financial manager play a larger role in the company’s dec ision-making process to develop strategies that address these concerns. He m ust keep abreast of new resources for international financing that arise fro m improvements in the financial service industry. Globalization has also tri ggered new operation standards. Citigroup, for instance, is a one-stop desti

nation for finance services that include commercial banking, investment bank ing, insurance, and retail brokerage. Much like traditional industries where returns to scale are critical to achieving maximum profitability, Citigroup demonstrates that providing such a variety of options to customers ensures a continued revenue stream. Tackling the global economy is a task every man ager must be prepared to meet.In addition to knowledge of international busi ness, he must have such skills as leadership, communication and organization , as well as the ability to guide his company through any form of change. As the leader in global management education, Sloan is uniquely positioned to equip its students with cutting-edge business knowledge and skills. In addit ion, the school’s international environment grants first-hand exposure to ho w people of different cultures think, act and communicate. Acquiring these c rucial skills is the key to any future that involves globalization

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Subject: Owen Business School Essay1 What are your career goals? What skills and interest have you developed upto this point that will help you achieve those goals? What obstacle do youanti cipate encountering along the way and how do you see an Owen MBAassisting yo u in overcoming those obstacles.In the past several years, my career goals h ave been defined and refined asmy professional responsibilities have changed . I have gained managerialexperience and have learned to work within a team environment in theinvestment banking industry. While I have excelled in my w ork, I have alsobegun to understand the value of an MBA at this time in my c areer.My career thus far has been very educational -- I have learned differe ntthings in my positions as an analyst, associate and vice president. Thiskn owledge base has helped me establish professional goals for myself withinthe investment banking industry and strengthened my desire to obtain anMBA. One of the greatest aspects of working for Van Kasper & Company hasbeen my expo sure to emerging and middle market companies. Duringpresentations, however, I often find myself envious of the people on theother side of the table. At some point in the future, I envision myselfleaving investment banking and jo ining the management team of a middlemarket company, perhaps even one with w hich I have worked. Struggling toraise a small company to a position of prom inence within its industry wouldbe an exciting way to earn a living. Before something like that happens, though, I would like to continue my education i n financial studies byremaining in the investment banking community. I have enjoyed working inthe capital markets division of a regional investment bank and, if giventhe chance, would like to continue to work at the vice preside nt level.Adding value to middle market companies that depend on our services is bothrewarding and educational. At Van Kasper & Company, like most region alinvestment banks, becoming a principal requires an MBA. Obtaining an MBAis therefore necessary if I wish to pursue my career goals.To this end, I have used my work experience to help me prepare for theacademic rigors of Owen S chool of Management. In my current position atwork, I am now required to eva luate issues related to portfolio andcorporate valuation. This has has given me a solid understanding of thevarious quantitative tools used in valuation modeling utilized byinvestment bankers. In the process, I have sharpened my quantitativeskills and critical thinking abilities -- not to mention the al l-importantability to work efficiently with very few hours of sleep.Gaining the title of MBA is not the only reason I want to attend the OwenSchool of M

anagement. I do anticipate some obstacles along the way. Muchof what I know about the financial industry comes from hands-on experienceas an investment banker. Although I am very proud of my team, we operatein a somewhat dysfunc tional manner: people are often promoted on the basisof their alma maters or the sectors they work in. If your supervisor is onthe executive committee, you have a better chance of being promoted. OwenSchool of Management will be tter equip me to run a management team. I needto learn about marketing, oper ations management and human resources, areasin which I have little experienc e. Besides giving me theoretical andfinancial training, an MBA education wil l strengthen the foundation offinancial knowledge that I have been building over the last several years.Also, as businesses in this industry downsize, a greater emphasis is beingplaced on cross-functional abilities of executives . Though I haveencountered many ideas through my studies as an undergraduate and myexperiences in investment banking, I have had little contact with the operations side of business. An MBA education would expose me tomanagement a nd operating concepts with which I am unfamiliar. In short, Idesire the holi stic view of the business and financial community that anMBA education would provide.As I have stated, my experience in both college and at Van Kasper & Companyhas been rewarding to me both educationally and professionally. Yet Irealize I have only scratched the surface, and I would like to continue mye ducation at the Owen School of Management’s MBA program. An MBA willadvance my career in business and finance, with the ultimate goal ofbecoming an inva luable asset to an investment bank or management team. Ihave the tools, and now I just need the resources of the Owen SchoolManagement MBA to jump-start my career.List one of your most significant professional or organizationacc omplishments. Describe your precise role in this event and how it hashelped to shape you as a manager. Please limit your response to twodouble-spaced ty ped pages.Essay #1During my first year of employment with Van Kasper & Compa ny, I had aunique opportunity to initiate change within my department. My su pervisorsasked me if I was interested in organizing the recruiting process f or thefinancial analyst program. Given the vital role analysts play in theca pital markets department, I was surprised to learn that little emphasiswas p laced on the formal process of recruiting. Having been on the otherside of t he recruiting process five years ago, I was in a good position toimprove thi s deficiency. Van Kasper & Company saw me as someone who couldeither impleme nt change or suggest what some of those changes might be.My attempt to chang e the recruiting process at Van Kasper &Company hadbarely begun when I reali zed the task would be more difficult than I hadoriginally thought. Unlike ot her investment banks with which I hadinterviewed five years earlier, Van Kas per & Company had made almost noeffort to market itself -- and gathering inf ormation on the company wasnext to impossible. It was apparent that dramatic improvements were neededin this area. The first thing I did was suggest we make it easier forstudents to find out about our firm and our analyst progra m. To increasestudent awareness of our program, the Senior Research Editor a nd I createdan information package about Van Kasper & Company that we sent t o eachschool. These packages contained some newspaper and magazine articlesa bout our firm and a brochure about the company as a whole. The responseto th e literature was great, especially from the Managing Directors of thefirm, a nd now we are developing another brochure devoted solely to ouranalyst progr am. Our belief is that this package of information will givestudents a clear er understanding of the advantages associated with ourcompany and our analys t program.Relying on my own experiences again, I decided that our company sh ould hostreceptions at the schools we visited. This would help us reach out to allthe qualified students who might be interested in our program but were

unaware of the opportunity -- I remembered how such presentations increasedm y awareness of the various companies that visited my campus. I presentedmy c ase, and my superiors agreed it was a good idea. I proceeded toschedule rece ptions at each school for the night before our interviews. Tomy delight, the receptions proved to be mutually beneficial: they not onlyincreased student s’ awareness of Van Kasper & Company, but they also gaveus the opportunity t o interact with prospective employees in an informalsetting. I take pride in the fact that receptions are now a fundamentalpart of the analyst recruitin g process.Another change I proposed was to increase the number of schools we visitedduring our recruiting process. Given the number of good schools loca ted inCalifornia and the campuses we normally visited, it would be easy to a ddone or two to our schedule. For example, we already spent a lot of timeand money to interview students at Stanford, but we neglected the Berkeleystude nts only a few miles away. After some discussion of my idea, we addedBerkele y to our schedule. The change resulted in an immediate benefit, aswe hired a student from Berkeley during our first year of recruiting there.Also, the i ncrease in quality candidates that resulted from the addition ofBerkeley pro mpted Van Kasper & Company to once again increase the number ofschools we vi sited during our recruiting process.As evidenced by the continuing changes b eing made this year and myreemployment as recruiting coordinator, people at Van Kasper & Company havebecome more and more excited about the newfound pos sibilities of therecruiting process. My contributions have been more than in crementalchanges -- I have altered the way my company views recruiting. What used tobe an afterthought is now a priority. The recruiting process will co ntinueto reap significant rewards for the capital markets department in thef uture as it has in the past. A growing commitment to to this area meanswe wi ll be able to consistently hire the best analysts possible. -*******************************

Subject: Columbia Business School Essay1 As far back as I can remember, I have had a passion for organizingbusiness e nterprises. My entrepreneurial spirit first manifested itself ingrade school when a friend and I opened a "haunted house" during theHalloween season. A one-dollar admission charge did not discourage ourcustomers. After a few mor e successful business ventures in Middle School, I decided to found Lyons Bl acktop, a company that resurfaced asphaltdriveways. This business supported me throughout college and paid for manyof my expenses. While in college, I s pent a semester abroad sponsored by the Institute forShipboard Education, du ring which I visited eleven countries. Thisexperience, which enabled me to o bserve businesses in Brazil, South Africa, India, Taiwan and others, helped me develop a global view of business andwas invaluable both educationally an d culturally. Since then, I have assumed leadership roles in a variety of pr ojects, business and non-business alike. Several years ago some concerned re sidentsof my town formed Friends of OHEKA, a non-profit group dedicated to t hepreservation of a local landmark. I joined this organization and was voted onto the Board of Directors. Through our efforts, we garnered support for ah istoric overlay application and saved OHEKA castle. This application hasbeco me a model for the restoration of non-publicly funded landmarks aroundthe Un ited States. My professional career has been even more dynamic. Two weeks af tergraduating from Fordham University, my career at MCI began. At MCI I wasp romoted three times within fourteen months and led my sales unit inperforman

ce. As a leader on my sales team, I trained new salesrepresentatives and ass essed sales candidates. After MCI, I joined an entrepreneurial unit of anoth er telecommunicationscompany, which later became AT&T. I quickly established myself as thatunit’s leader in sales revenues. In four years, I have consis tently been atop performer, both as an Account Executive and as a Sales Mana ger. I havebeen promoted three times and have surpassed my annual objectives each year. Two of my most memorable accomplishments at AT&T were developing anational marketing campaign and beginning a new region for the Company. In 1996,my company wanted to focus on small business customers. To this end, I helped the company develop an advertising campaign with sales collateralto s upport the new initiative. Several colleaguesa and I developed anational med ia campaign and a marketing brochure which increased brandawareness and prov ided our sales associates with presentation material todiscuss with prospect ive clients. In 1996,I was asked to start an office on Long Island. This tas k includedsecuring office space, equipment, and hiring and training a sales staff.Despite a modest budget, I was able to open the office and produce a r eturnfor the Company the very next month. This experience provided me with a variety of new skills: I became adept at managing expenses, marketing, train ing and managing a sales force, and overseeing all administrativefunctions. The success of this office led to the opening of a ten thousandsquare foot L ong Island office. While I am proud of my professional success, I can honest ly say that mygreatest personal accomplishment is my marriage to my highscho ol sweetheartDanielle, and our two children, Kevin and Kristlyn. Marriage an d parentinghave required great effort and present many challenges. In order to bethere for my children and be a good husband, I constantly work to maint aina good balance between my personal and professional life. By always placi ngan emphasis on personal time with my family, I have been successful inmain taining this balance. The accomplishments I have discussed above demonstrate a proactiveapproach to business and personal challenges, a consistent pursu it ofexcellence and the ability to handle tremendous responsibility. Theseat tributes fit in well with those which the Columbia MBA program requiresand f osters. The strong emphasis on finance and the program’s globalperspective w ill help me broaden my skills and become a more well-roundedmanager. My expe rience in sales, marketing and technology will complementthe other strengths that students will bring to the classroom. At this point in my career, I am developing business skills which willserve me well into the future. The pro gram at Columbia, however, willprovide me with an expertise that will broade n my vision and sharpen myskills. This in turn will make me a better busines sman both professionallyand personally. It is precisely for these reasons th at I am anxious to jointhe program at Columbia. I am a strong believer that past results can bepredicators of future success. The success achieved by gr aduates of theColumbia Business School is proof that your program prepares s tudents forsuccess. I would like to join those elite ranks and help AT&T rem ain theleader in telecommunications. If I can affect my organization by havi ngjust a fraction of the impact that Columbia graduates have had on business , AT&T will be a stronger company. In closing, I pledge that I would be agra teful and loyal alumnus and would make Columbia proud to have me as anambass ador of their EMBA program. --

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Subject: Sloan Business School Essay1 This cover letter serves as a sort of executive summary for yourapplication. It is also the written equivalent of the first impressionwhich you make whe n meeting someone for the first time. As such, it shouldreflect a great deal of time, thought, and energy. Ideally, we will finishreading your cover let ter eagerly anticipating reading the rest of theapplication. The cover lette r should conform to the standards of businesscorrespondence and be addressed to the Admissions Committee. It shouldpoint out the features of your resume that you believe to be of interestto the Admissions Committee, both in your education and in your workhistory. Further, please comment on your career g oals and those factorswhich influenced you to pursue an MBA education at Slo an. Additionally, discuss which management track appeals to you and how it f its yourprofessional aspirations. We are also interested in what you believe youcan contribute to the Sloan School and your fellow students, and weencou rage you to describe your most substantial accomplishment. I am a business c onsultant at Corporate Directions, Inc., thefirst Japan-based strategy consu lting firm, as well as a part-time boardmember at AYA Network Inc., a ventur e company providing outsourcingservices in the telecommunications industry. My long-term goal is toestablish a venture company in the multimedia field. In order to pursuethis goal, I would like to enroll in a business school tha t emphasizesentrepreneurship in the high-tech industry. My career goals were shaped by my experience at the TokyoInstitute of Technology. At the Institu te, I developed a breakthroughcommunications protocol for information securi ty. I consider this to bemy most significant personal accomplishment. My res earch paper on theprotocol was accepted by one of the most prestigious inter nationalconferences on cryptography (ASIA CRYPT). I presented the paper for hundreds of top researchers from all over the world. I was the onlymaster co urse student speaker among many professors and phDs. To my surprise, after t he conference, I felt empty, when I shouldhave been filled with happiness. I tried hard to discover the source ofmy displeasure. Finally, I realized tha t my project would have littlemeaning to me until it was actually used in ne w products and services thatimprove daily life. I concluded that I would nev er be happy workingsolely for money, fame, and status, and that I wanted a f uture career inwhich I could directly help people. My experience creating th e protocol did not only influence mycareer goals, but it also increased my s elf-confidence. Before I beganworking on the protocol, I did not expect that I would be able toconcentrate for so long on one project. I always thought I would easilygive up when faced with a difficult situation. However, in ord er toproduce a successful protocol, I had to learn many new mathematical and scientific concepts. Although I sometimes felt frustrated with myabilities, especially when read research papers written by exceptionalscientists, I did not give up. I forced myself to continue trying bycontinually thinking of m y goals. My success in the project gave meconfidence in my ability to work h ard and excel at challenging tasks. Ilearned that accomplishment comes from believing in oneself, havinga clear view of a goal, and pursuing that goal a ggressively. Whenever Iface a difficult situation, I think about my success at the Institute andgain confidence. Another experience that has shaped my desire to go to businessschool is the time I have spent consulting. From hu ndreds of universitystudents I was selected to intern at several different c onsulting firms:McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group and CDI. I immed iately foundconsulting to be rewarding. The strategy-implementation projects of thefirms enabled the consultants to clearly perceive their influence on theirclients’ lives and to share their pleasure in their work’s results with their co-workers. I was greatly impressed by CDI’s philosophy that a"consult

ant must become an agent of real change who brings actualinnovation to the c lient’s organization and our lives." Its strongentrepreneurial atmosphere an d its close-knit culture as an independentJapan-based consulting firm attrac ted me as well. I decided to become abusiness consultant at CDI after my gra duate study. As a project leader at CDI, I had the opportunity to manage man ybusiness start-up projects, mainly in the communication and electronicsindu stry. These projects satisfied my inquiring mind and my wish to makenew prod ucts and services. Direct and quick feedback from customersenabled me to viv idly perceive my own contribution. My greatest accomplishment at CDI was a market entry project for acellular phone operator in the Tohoku region of Ja pan. I successfullybuilt a market entry scenario, delineated plans of action , facilitateddiscussion with team members, and administered the various part s of theproject. As a result of my efforts, the phone operator company was a bleto increase its market share. It currently has a lower termination ratiot han any sister company. The clients greatly appreciated my work. Afterthe pr oject, the companys director offered me another six-month consultingproject. Such an offer was extremely unusual, because normally theclients deal only with vice-presidents of CDI. The director told me thathe valued my professio nalism and persistence over the senior consultants’experience. At that momen t, my mission in this profession was clear: Iwanted to be a business start-u p consultant. I continued consulting at CDI for the next five years. However , Ieventually began to suspect that consulting was not for me. I often feltf rustrated because I was only involved in a small part of managingbusinesses. My influence over client companies was limited to myconsulting role during the contract period. I started to consider otheroccupations in which I could exert greater influence on improving people’slives. I concluded that entrep reneurship, although it had high risks, best suited my career goals. I decid ed to establish my own venturecompany. My short-term goal is to build a mult imedia "edutainment" venturecompany. My company would be based on the idea t hat children should enjoylearning. I think the current education system is b oring. There istherefore a great need for an "edutainment" company. (Explain company alittle more.) Since education and entertainment are both areas whe repeople spend a lot of time and money, I think this business would create a large market in a few years. In addition, progress in communication andelect ronics technology would make it possible to soon produce trulyvaluable multi media "edutainment" product or services. Moreover, the keyfactor in this typ e of business is not company scale or assets, butcreativity and speed. There fore, a new company in this field will be ableto succeed quickly. I would li ke my venture company to eventually becomea leading multimedia company, in w hich workers will perform to the best oftheir abilities in order to maximize social as well as corporate benefit.My ideal company would create lots of v aluable services, and wouldcontinuously evolve. I am confident that I have the potential to succeed as anentrepreneur. I have accumulated useful knowle dge, managerial ability, analytical skills, and communication skills through my consultingexperience. I am responsible, inquisitive and aggressive. I ha ve heldseveral critical positions, such as director of recruiting, leader of themultimedia team, and project leader, at CDI. I received the highest mark spossible in CDIs performance reviews in 1996 and 1997. In addition, Ihave g reat potential to succeed in the multimedia field because of mytechnological knowledge and my network with CDI and its partners. Although I am confiden t in my ability to start a successfulventure company, I cannot accomplish my goal without meeting threepreliminary objectives. First, I must develop a c oncrete business plan.Second, I need to attract creative and talented people to work with me.Finally, in order to reduce the risk of entrepreneurship, I

should studyentrepreneurial management and related fields such as law and v enturefinancing. To attain these objectives, I recently changed my status a t CDIfrom full-time to part-time, and became a part-time board member of AYA .At AYA, I am learning about difficulties of actual venture firms. I couldno t have gained this knowledge through consulting because most of myclients ar e large leading companies. I am also trying to improve mymanagerial abilitie s as I practice them at CDI. In addition, I started tocontact engineers and product planners in order to get business advice andmake connections. The i dea for my next step in my entrepeneurial path came to me bychance. I was wa tching a television program about the MassachusettsInstitute of Technology $ 50K Competition. On the show were severalindividuals who hope to be entrepre neurs. They were working with MITprofessors to create their own business pla ns. Seeing this program made mewant to go to business school. Until then, I had always thought businessschool was for general managers, financial analys ts or consultants, notfor entrepreneurs. I researched several business schoo ls and concludedthat business school is the best place for me to develop afu ture business plan, reinforce my business ability, and expand my humanconnec tions. I think that now is the optimal time for me to startbusiness school. Since I believe that technological progress will enablethe "edutainment" ind ustry to grow in several years, it is very importantfor me to start preparin g now. Of all business schools, I think MIT is the perfect place for me.I fi nd Sloan’s innovative New Product and Venture Development Trackparticularly appealing. This track would enhance my entrepeneurialmanagement skills and m y ability to detect new business opportunities. Inaddition, I would love to have the opportunity to learn at MIT’sworld-famous multimedia research cente r, the MIT Media Laboratory. I amlooking forward to discussing my future pla ns with Sloan’s professors anddiverse group of entrepreneurial-minded studen ts. I will bring a unique perspective to the Sloan school and myfellow stud ents. My experience at CDI and AYA has made me familiar withthe real issues and actual obstacles that communication and electronicscompanies face. Manag ing consulting projects has alerted me to factorsnecessary for effective str ategy implementations, and has provided me withkeen problem-detecting and pr oblem-solving skills. I will make the bestuse of my skills and experience to build a mutually beneficial relationship with Sloan. -Subject: Harvard Business School Essay5 A typical work dayMy typical work day begins at 8:30 in the morning with a v isit to either Credit Agricole Indosuez, a French bank with whom my company has a classified credit facility, or to Janata, a nationalized bank which is considering our proposal for debt financing of an Acrylic yarn project. Alt hough I face the same challenge of raising money at both banks, my approach differs between the different banks. When dealing with Indosuez, I must be v ery objective with in-depth knowledge of the issues while with Janata, my fr equent visits are what matters most. Although I did not study business, my k eenness towards finance and my achievements within the business department o f my company have assigned me these responsib

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