Personal statement Example: Mass Media MBA

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Admission essay excerpt:

I said “I Do” to a career in media when I was only 16 years old. I grew up listening to the radio and started believing that some day, I’ll be able to work in one. I was 16, and in second year high school when the local radio station had an opening for a college level intern.  I was disappointed to hear about the college level requirement, but I didn’t let it stop me from making my dreams come true. I applied and was able to convince them of my knowledge of the media industry. But perhaps what made them consider me for the internship is my unwavering determination.  Even at a tender age of 16, I was not afraid to give it a try and believed that I can be successful in the field.  The station then accepted me as their youngest intern.


I.  Marriage and commitment to the field of broadcast communication

A.  I was only sixteen years old when I applied for internship and got accepted as an intern for a local radio station.
B.  During my internship, I showed every one that I was committed to the field of broadcast media.
C.  I worked hard at everything that was thrown at me. I made promotion packets, distributed flyers, and cleaned the equipment used.
D.  During the internship, I tried to learn everything and anything I could from the station personnel.

II.  My calling

A.  During my college years, I was accepted as an intern at Black Entertainment Television (BET) and was offered paid internship at Cable News Network (CNN).
B.  Juggling these two internships showed me my true calling in the broadcasting field.
C.  It also taught me excellent time management skills.

III. Getting an MBA degree
A.  An MBA would greatly help me make my mark in the industry.
B.  A masters degree will give me the opportunity to hone my management and leadership skills to be the best in my field of work.
C.  ____ College offers the best curriculum that matches my goals and fits in with my work schedule

Physical Therapy graduate program personal statement example

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Admission essay excerpt:

Hippocrates once said that “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”  Throughout my life, my studies, and my career, I have found that this saying couldn’t be any more true.  While, indeed, “time heals all wounds,” the  process itself allows us to find hope, comfort, and a facet of healing that is not just physical but perhaps even emotional and spiritual.  Opportunities come in all shapes and forms, and all forms of opportunity can aid in healing, whether that opportunity be in the chance of finding a caring doctor whom you trust, the luck of having a loving family to comfort you, or the good fortune of still having your life despite injury.


I.  Introduction
A.  Hippocrates: “Healing is a matter of time, but it is also sometimes a matter of opportunity.”
B.  One of my favorite sayings that has been proven true throughout my life, career, education.
C.  Explaining the role of opportunity in healing: it gives hope, comfort, emotional and spiritual healing
D.  Examples of opportunity: caring doctor, loving family, life

II.  Being a source of opportunity for others
A.  Oftentimes, when injured, we can fall into a state of despair, depression, or pervading pessimism.
B.  This is when we tend to forget about all of the opportunities around us.
C.  One of my goals in life is to turn myself into someone who can be a source of opportunity to others in need.
D.  This is why I have spent much of my career and post-secondary education in Physical Therapy.
E.  It is a field that gives me the opportunity to be a source of opportunity for those who may need it most.
F.  Physical therapy emphasizes educating and empowering people to take back control over their health and their lives.
G.  My experience in the field of Physical Therapy
i.   Desire to help others
ii.  Experience in community services

III.  Taking up Physical Therapy at _________ University
A.  It is only by making full use of one’s opportunities that he can turn any potential into actuality
B.  I believe that _________ University offers the biggest opportunity and the best environment and educational system to help me attain my goals.

Overcoming adversity personal statement examples

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Admission essay excerpt:

Tired, alone, and waiting for the next paycheck: this is how I spent my first two years out of high school.  When I moved to the United States, I was fresh out of high school and I wanted to get the best education I could.  My parents didn’t have the funds to send me to college, but I was fortunate that they had supported me all my life and they gave me all of the funds they could to help me start a new life in America.  It was one of the most challenging times in my life, because I wasn’t just leaving Samoa, but I was also leaving the security of my family, the support of my parents, and the place I had called home since birth.  In America, I had no relatives or friends and I didn’t have much funds to get by, much less continue my education.


I.  Introduction
A.  Tired, alone, and waiting for the next paycheck
B.  Fresh out of high school, making the move to the US
C.  Parents couldn’t afford to send me to college.
D.  It was the most challenging time in my life, moving away from Samoa, my family, my parents.
E.  It was as though I had nothing.

II.  A brand new start
A.  One of the most difficult things for me was to view my difficult circumstances as a new and exciting chapter in my life.
B.  Although I was certain that it was a new chapter, it seemed more challenging than exciting.
C.  I worked 7 days a week, had little rest, and most of my money was just enough to support myself and my family back in Samoa.
D.  It was difficult saving money for my schooling and even if I had the money, I didn’t have the time.
E.  Recently, I was given a promotion, and I have spent some time working out a plan and saving up money to go to school.
F.  Now, I feel that I am ready to go back to school and with my new position I have a workable schedule to pursue my studies.

III.  Finding direction
A.  While I did have a difficult time, it was also my experiences during this period that helped me decide what career I want to pursue.
B.  I have realized that the only “limitations” that we face are those that we impose upon ourselves.
C.  It has made me realize that no matter what our life experiences have dealt us, we have the choice to decide how life will unfold.
D.  This is why I want to be in a position where I can truly help others, to help them achieve their goals and aspirations in life.
E.  Currently working as a children’s counselor
F.  Helping people deal with issues of self-esteem, personal relationships
G.  I feel that _________ University can give me the education, training, and experience necessary to help me achieve my goals of giving back to the community, helping those in need, and helping them achieve their highest aspirations.

Childhood theme for medical school essay

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The first time I found myself sitting in the jungle as a child, I must admit that I was nervous and afraid of the uncertainties ahead of me.  While I never really grew up or even went in a jungle as a child, I did have to sit through the anxiety and torture of waiting for my doctor to arrive as I sat down waiting in her jungle-themed room.  While her room was beautifully decorated with colorful vines, tigers, lions, and other forms of jungle life, what was scaring me was that I didn’t know what to expect as a child on his first doctor’s appointment.  My doctor, however, was a kind-hearted woman who always did everything she could to make me feel as comfortable, relaxed, and happy as I could.  The jungle room, the apprehension as I waited, and the calm that my pediatrician blanketed me in are the memories that have inspired me to pursue an education and career in medicine.


I.  The jungle room
A.  Sitting in the jungle room as a child
B.  Feelings of anxiety, fear, uncertainty, nervousness
C.  It was my first doctor’s appointment.
D.  I didn’t know what to expect.
E.  The doctor released me from my anxieties and calmed me.

II.  Realizing there was more to being a doctor
A.  My experience with the pediatrician made me realize that being a doctor was more than practicing medicine.
B.  The personal connection between patient and doctor
C.  Having the opportunity to be that doctor who helps children through their first doctor’s appointments
D.  Inspiration to be a good doctor

III.  My background
A.  Growing up in Trenton, New Jersey
B.  My surroundings were tough. Crime, violence, and gangs are prevalent.
C.  Fortunately, my parents worked hard to get us out of the hood and into the suburbs.
D.  Aside from doing what they could for me, my parents also supported their families in Haiti.
E.  It instilled in me a sense of responsibility, purpose, work ethic, and the importance of family.
F.  My parents always encouraged and motivated me to greater heights of success in school life and career life.

IV.  Education and career in medicine
A.  From a young age, I have always felt the need and passion to help others for a living.
B.  It was through my experiences in that jungle room and throughout my education that I realized my love for science and medicine, in particular.
C.  Now, I long to gain an education and make a career in medicine so that I may help those in my home town.
D.  I believe that ________ University is the best place for me to gain my medical education that will help me achieve and perhaps even surpass my goals.

Exploding UC Berkeley admissions myths

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Welcome to UC Berkeley. Today we’re busting myths about the application process. You’ll hear from staff, faculty, and students. They’ll tell you whats’ fact and what’s fiction about applying to Berkeley and how you can make your application competitive.

Walter Robinson: We would like students to picture themselves at Berkeley with the understanding that Berkeley is an engine of social mobility. It’s here to serve citizens from the state, from the nation, and from the world. We are building a global community of leaders that we hope that will go out and hold up the Berkeley tradition and the Berkeley legacy of being agents of social change.

One of the myths I’ve heard is that no one reads the admissions applications.

Susan Pendo: So one of the myths at UC Berkeley is that no one really reads you application and that’s absolutely not true.

Roxanne Winston: One thing that I would say about the application process is that it’s easier that people think. You think “Oh, I’m applying to Berkeley. It’s the hardest school to get into.” The reality is that people here in Berkeley, in the admissions office, actually care about every individual student that applies. So they take the time to read your essays, read your personal statements to figure out who you are, who the person applying, so they can admit a diverse, like interesting group to UC Berkeley.

The myth I heard about the application process was it was all about grades.

Georgia Webb: There is a myth that admission to Berkeley is all about grades and test scores. And yes, grades and test scores are very important. However, we look at the whole person. Achievement can be found in different areas of your life. And we are interested in how you have achieved in other ways.

We don’t use weights or any kind of complex calculations. What we do is a holistic review. We look at the entire application, including the personal statement, and we make a holistic evaluation based on all of that information. We spend a lot of time and care training 100 plus readers to be able to evaluate and assess all the information in your application.

Miguel Hernandez: So, three components of the application are gonna be your courses, your grades, and for freshmen applicants, your test scores. So as far as courses are concerned, you need to check the UC website to make sure that you’re eligible. For grades, you’re gonna need to submit all grades that you’ve received up into the point of application. We don’t favor one test over the other but all applicants must submit two essays to subject test. For those taking the ACT, they have to take the written portion. Okay. A few other things you’re gonna include in your application are activities demonstrating leadership, awards and honors, community service and employment. These things are gonna give us a bigger perspective of who you are.

Bridget Wilson: My advice to students would be to make sure that you list all of the information in detail including the position that you’ve held in that activity in any leadership, and the number of hours and the amount of time that you spent doing that activity per year whether it’s during the summer or during the school year.

Michele Lakrith: We’re looking for information that would demonstrate the students’ academic potential. Perhaps, an extraordinary talent. A student who has succeeded in spite of some unusual circumstance or any other information that will help us understand the full academic program and the context of which the student has achieved.

Richie Richards: As a transferee student, I found out that what Berkeley was looking for was not necessarily what was in my GPA or in my test scores per se, but what they were looking for was what I did for my community.

Stephanie Bergtanole: I often here from students both in the classroom and in the admissions office that they are not good enough for Cal, they are not Berkeley material. My advice is have the courage to compete in our applicant pool in their selections in the admissions office.

Christie Richards: I got to UC Berkeley because I checked off the box. Honestly, I wasn’t gonna apply. I wasn’t planning on it. I thought my ACT scores are way too low but my mom said, just check off the box and see what happens and I checked it off. And I think my personal essay was really what got me into the application process.

Joshua Cella: When it comes to the application, I would definitely suggest spending a lot of time on your personal statement. It’s the one thing on your application that you can really make stand out and you can kind of let the admissions department know who you really are versus just numbers and scores.

In the personal statement, we’re looking for the evidence of more in different types of achievement beyond the grades and the test scores. The personal statement completes the application. It goes beyond a list. It expands on those qualities that are your strengths. When writing the personal statement, reflect on whether or not the reader has been given a complete picture of you. What is it that you like your reader to know about your achievements? What can you expend upon relative to your talents, your leadership, the special academic programs, work experience, community service? And when you set to write your personal statements, reflect upon your life, and what makes you shine. What makes you a star in your world? And share that with the reader.

David Moore: One of the challenges that I found about the application process was the personal statement. And one thing I found that was helpful form me was the personal statement writing workshops that were held by community college professors and the UC Berkeley representatives that came out to the community college.

My personal statement was really personal and I think that’s what got me here because I opened myself up in the process and told them who I was, what I wanted to be, and that’s what got me here.

The myth I heard was the campus is large and impersonal.

Jonathan Poullard: Cal is large but there are thousands of ways to make the campus smaller and make it more meaningful to you as a student. And one of those ways is to be involved in one of our 700 plus student organizations, to be engaged in intramurals, compete with your peers, do research, do a study abroad, be engaged in one of the fraternities or sororities on the campus. The bottom line is this: Make Cal your own experience by getting engaged and being involved.

Bob Jacobson: Berkeley is the best place to study just about anything. That’s one of the nice things about the campus and that it has programs in all sorts of things that are full of exciting people doing all sorts of stuff. So pretty much regardless of what it is that you want to study, you can come here and just completely immerse yourself in it.

Andrew Person: I would have to say it was all the people here in campus that really attracted me. Everybody on campus was really welcoming. The student body was really diversified. Academic in Berkeley was a top-caliber school. And it’s a fun school.

Oscar Mairena: One of the best things about coming in Berkeley, I would definitely say, is the history of Berkeley. As a campus, it’s just so rich of so many cultures and so many people. And, like you’re walking on Telegraph and you’re walking down a historical street. You’re walking in on campus. You’re walking around Southern Lane’s prowl. Everything is just like so much rich history to every spot that you stood in on this campus.

We would like each and everyone of you to picture yourself at Berkeley.

Health care admission essay outline and excerpt

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I was diagnosed with malaria when I was a child and was brought to a local hospital. Medical facilities in my home country were not that good and I had to be but in a room with more patients than beds. I watched people struggle with their illnesses as the medical personnel struggled to treat each of the patient despite having limited facilities. Thankfully, I survived. Such an experience taught me so much despite my young age. This prompted me to pursue a career in health care. I chose _________ University because it caters to a diverse pool of students and offers top notch training facilities.

I. Surviving malaria opened my eyes to the world
A. I was very young when I was brought to a local hospital to be treated for malaria
B. Medical care can be very expensive. Free health care services are very rare and are often inadequate
C. There are many people who need medical care but are not able to receive any form of assistance

II. My father inspired my to pursue a career in the health care sector
A. My father worked two jobs in order for my family to come to the States to live with him
B. He declined an opportunity to study medicine himself just so his family can have a better life
C. He was diagnosed with cancer and passed away, leaving us in an unfamiliar country
D. His life story will always be an inspiration to me. He taught me never to give up

III. My educational and volunteer experience helped me realize my goals
A. I finished with a degree in Biology despite all the hardships in my life
B. During my college years, I did a lot of volunteer work at a hospital
C. I was able to converse with and relate to several patients during volunteer work
D. Not only is a medical career my father’s legacy, but it’s also my personal goal