Statement of Purpose, Take Two

So, here is a revised draft of my statement of purpose… In case you’re interested. This is what it looks like after much help from my mom and my best friend, Janine… And… The power is going out… Weird… Anyways, feel free to check out what I look like as a slightly more “professional” writer.

“Choosing a career path has been regarded by most as an intense, and on-going process, myself included. As a child, I knew that a future as a princess or a cowgirl would suit me. In high school, my focus shifted and I thought I was going to swim for the USA in the Olympics; then I thought I would enjoy marine biology or archeology. More recently, I thought my future consisted of teaching. Then, as if designed by fate, I found myself immersed in student affairs; I absolutely loved it. I found it challenging, exciting, creative, dynamic, and so rewarding. I excelled in it. Suddenly, the blinders were off.

“For two and a half years, I worked as a resident advisor at The University of Toledo in a first year student residence hall. I was constantly on the lookout for different ways to get my residents involved, including taking them to football games, eating dinner with them, and introducing several of them to a couple of organizations I participated in. I even led a few of them to become resident advisors themselves!

“After a few years working away from residence life, I have come to realize how much it, and student affairs, means to me. I catch myself yearning to go back to school, to obtain a Master’s degree, and to find a career that will change and grow with me. I want to work with students in a non-academic setting. More specifically, I want to work with international students. Welcoming them, helping them settle and get connected, and supporting them throughout their stay, however long it may be. I am fortunate enough to have a few years of Japanese language learning under my belt, and hope to eventually be a recruiter or liaison between sister universities in Japan and the US. The thought of organizing exchange programs, trips, and increasing general awareness of the importance of students broadening their horizons excites me. I believe that the experience and education from The University of Toledo will help me achieve these dreams.

“No one would argue that the university’s first goal is to provide an education, however, there is a reason they offer so much more. I want to help students make the most of everything and have a complete university adventure. I want students to succeed in their studies, their social lives, and encourage them to learn and grow on their own and with the help of their peers. I want to see students excited about campus events and programs, explore, change their minds, try new things, and discover who they are meant to be. I want students to get, and stay, involved. I want to help these students achieve their dreams. I want to be student affairs.”

So there you have it. What I want to do. There will be a final draft, and I’ll upload that one too. Just because I’m boring like that. Haha! Then it will be back to my regular, boring, blogging self. 🙂

Personal Statement

I always find writing professional papers difficult; my writing style is more suited for a blog. My one-take first attempts always look like I’m having a conversation. Does that make me a bad writer? Of course not. It just makes it more difficult for someone who has more power than I do to take me seriously. Take, for example my first shot at writing a personal statement about what I want to do in graduate school and why. I’m applying at The University of Toledo for fall semester to get my Master’s in Higher Education with a focus on Student Affairs. Here it is, in it’s entirety.

 

“Thus far in my life, I have had many career desires. When I was a child, I knew I was going to be a cowgirl or a princess. Then, I knew I was going to be an Olympic swimmer. Then I knew I was going to be a marine biologist or an archeologist.  More recently, I knew I was going to be a teacher. That was, until I found myself immersed in student affairs, and loving it. I found it challenging, exciting, creative, and so much fun. I excelled in it.

 

“I was a resident advisor at The University of Toledo, in an all first-year student residence hall. I constantly looked forward to figuring out different ways to get my residents involved, and actually lead to a few of them becoming resident advisors themselves! I was far from a perfect resident advisor, and sometimes would let the stress of the job get to me. I was lucky enough, however, to have the support of the other resident advisors and the hall director and graduate assistant hall director to get me through those times.

 

“Now that I have had a few years off, I have come to realize how much I miss everything about student affairs and housing. I catch myself yearning to go back to school, to get into student affairs, and to finally find a career that will be my last. No more job-hopping, no more changing my mind. I’ve grown up, matured, and know what I want. I want to work with college students in a non-academic setting. More specifically, I have a desire to work with international students. Bringing them in, helping them settle, helping them get connected, and being there for them throughout their stay, however long it may be. Eventually, I hope to be an overseas recruiter or liaison between sister universities; organizing exchange programs, trips. I also hope to increase general awareness of how important it is to help students broaden their horizons and give them the chance to explore and travel.

 

“There is so much more to a student’s university experience than just the classes they take. I want to help students make the most of everything else and have a complete university adventure. I want students to be excited about campus events and programs. I want students to explore, change their minds, try new things, and discover who they are. I want students to get involved and stay involved. I want to be student affairs. I will be student affairs.”

 

Good right? Just not quite… Up to snuff. That’s why I have my support system to back me up and help me out. I know what I want to convey, I just don’t know how to word it all the time. Oh well. I’ll get better. I’ll start writing more eloquently, and I’ll just keep my “conversation” style to my blog. It’d be kind of like having two different identities… Kind of like schizophrenia… (And I just spelled that correctly in one shot. Sweet!) So stay tuned and I’ll post the personal statement that I end up turning into the University and you can see how different my style is!

Inspiration

I know I’ve said I would be updating this more often this year… But I just don’t have any inspiration right now. I’m working on a post, but I kind of want to wait on it for a little while. You’ll know why when I post it. It’s a very special post. A very exciting one. So for now, this post will at least let you know that I have not abandoned this blog or forgotten or anything. I’m just feeling a little worn out, run down, and uninspired to post. Maybe I need to start running more… Probably… Yeah. I gotta get back into running. It’s hard when it is dark by the time you get home and you don’t have a gym to go to… Or you do have a gym, but it’s a bit of an pain to get to because it is clear across town. And I really just want to run outside. I love running outside. Just… Not in the dark! Haha!

So yeah, I’m around, I’m just… Tired. I need a breather. A change up. And I think running will do just that.

You know what’s crazy? I feel more run down at this job working 40 hours a week in an office than at the airport where I worked 50 plus hours a week walking around, and was outside a lot. Crazy… I guess I really am a mover and a shaker. Probably why I want to work in Student Affairs. So many good opportunities everyday to get up, go out, and move!