Prompt: Why do you want to study Medicine?
At the age of thirteen, my mother and I were involved in a grisly accident. A drunk truck driver knocked the car we were traveling in from school. I can hardly recollect the scenes, but I remember the paramedic who took me from the scene to the hospital. He was with me in the hospital for the six weeks I was there. While at the hospital, I got to know at personal level several nurses and doctors who were taking care of me. They were so caring that there is no single day I felt sad about my condition. I was only anxious. My family members were more fearful than I was. I trusted my doctors and had created a bond with them. I knew they would take me through my pain successfully.
I am now 25 years old. I fear sickness and death more than I did when I was a child. My childhood memories sparked in me an interest in pediatric care. I realized that it is related to our emotional and psychological support for kids, especially those facing health problems. It was from experience as a child that I developed an interest in becoming a pediatric surgeon. My doctors made me realize how medicine's power and compassion can bring people together in the most unlikely way.
Furthermore, while I was an undergraduate, one of my professors asked me to help him conduct a study on how children process and experience the fear and the prospect of death. I was honored to take part in this project being that it came at an early stage of my career. It was also humbling that the professor had a background in anthropology rather than medicine. The study revealed that children and adults had different ways of facing sickness and death. We found that children, when in fatal conditions, are aware even before an adult explained it to them. They are also more willing to fight their illnesses and to accept any potential fate that might come along the way. On the other hand, adults who were facing similar conditions had opposite thoughts to what children had. This discovery brought many questions that I would like to pursue further during my medical career. One of them was how to treat the different approaches children and adults had regarding sickness and death. I discovered that more research is necessary in the intersection of medicine, socialization and psychology.
There has been a lot of progress in this area over the last few years. However, there is still a tendency to administer the same kind of treatment for diseases without considering who the patient is. It is becoming a common knowledge that drugs and procedures are not universally effective. We must not only alter patients depending on these social and cultural factors, we should also change our entire psychological and emotional approach to them as well.
It is for these reasons that I want to join the London School of Medicine because it is a leading provider for pediatric care training in Europe. It also boasts researchers who have a great interest in studying generational, social, and cultural questions in which I am keenly interested. Being a psychology student, I plan to have a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of medicine. I hope this will prepare me to offer the kind of extraordinary care I received as a child to my future patients.
The devastating car accident has turned out to be my most inspirational moments in life. I am driven and passionate about my dream for suffering children. I am, therefore, ready to take on one of the most challenging programs in the academic arena so that I can achieve this dream.
Prompt: Write an essay showing your leadership potential
John, the Executive Director of Kreston Publishers, shook my hands and told me I should get some warm gloves. As we sat down at the Tept Hotel for what would be a game-changing meeting, we ordered for coffee to help us beat the cold weather. As one of the leading publishers in America, John informed me that Kreston was about to close a multi-billion dollar deal with an international magazine. He wanted our relatively small fashion magazine, Maelle, to join the deal that would help us get audience from over four continents.
My job, as the manager in charge of production was to select and lead fifteen staff members to match John's vision of making the magazine appeal to other continents outside North America. We worked closely with the photographers, designers, marketing and production staff, and in four weeks of thorough brainstorming, we had changed the magazine's appearance.
After one week, I led a team of three executive producers to meet John. We shared with him how we were able to change the magazine's appearance and the accompanying complications and costs. John told us the new look was in line with his vision and the target audience and would be happy to start working together in preparation for the big deal.
My team was excited about the deal but I had my reservations. I knew we were not prepared to complete the agreement at the moment as it would come with serious financial consequences because our producers would begin working on the next issue in two days. My intention was to make sure that we give Kreston a consistent layout of the magazine. We came into a consensus and John understood my concern and agreed to wait until our next issues was out.
Once the next issue was produced, we began working on the new appearance the following week. I led a team of fifteen staff members from the marketing and design departments to develop new branding for the magazine. We ensured that the new branding was matching John's vision from our discussions on the first and the second meeting. Under my leadership, the first issue of our fashion magazine was published via Kreston. During this time I had over twenty five employees under my supervision.
Our sales increased by 36% in two weeks after the issue was out. After leading my team to secure a deal with a leading publisher and a bigger deal still on the way, I learned that results can be achieved with proper leadership that encourages the staff members to utilize their potential. When the new deal with La Belle, the international magazine was rife, our magazine secured $3 million. This has seen the magazine increase its network to Europe, Asia, North, and South America. There has been positive feedback from our readers in these continents especially about the appearance and content.
I am now able to see myself as a potential leader, especially after this experience. I have improved my coordination skills and can rally all members of a team to work towards a common goal. I can confidently persuade people to understand different perspectives. Through my leadership experience at Maelle magazine, I hope to strengthen my abilities even further and witness the success I can bring to business management.
More than often, you hear people say that they have always known what they want to do with their lives. The statement is a common cliché with no serious meaning attached to it, but for me it is true. When I first visited the French Park as a child, I fell in love with animals in general. Specifically, I got drawn to the golden lion tamarin monkey. I got compelled by its beauty and friendliness. I felt sad to learn that this was one of the most endangered monkey species. I knew there and then that I wanted to dedicate my life protecting such animals.
Since that day in New Orleans, I have spent much of my time learning everything I can find about the golden lion tamarin monkey. As a high school student, I tried to read scholarly journals and articles on this species of monkeys. I gathered so much scientific facts about them that I could annoy my family and friends as I overwhelmed them with these facts. Through reading and watching documentaries, I mapped out their movement patterns.
Last summer when I was given an opportunity to work at the Green Park as an intern, I fell even more in love with these beautiful creatures. This internship taught me one important lesson: While I had always loved animals and wanted to study a course that would make me handle them directly, my strength was in a different field. I was not always good in sciences, which is a requirement to study a course in Zoology. However, I realized that I had strength that could still be of great value to the tamarin monkeys and other endangered animals. My skills as a communicator and my passion for outreach activities. During my internship at the park, I was able to help develop a series of interesting activities for the visitors to the park. The visitors could enjoy themselves while at the same time learn about protecting animals. I also worked closely with the Communication and Advocacy Director and came up with a program that would educate the locals on how they can be part of the conservancy efforts.
I joined an organization that protects animals besides my internship on a part-time basis. While at the organization, I joined hands with other young advocates of animal conservation and created an online campaign that was aimed at creating awareness of the organization and its efforts.
While the Rodcliff Foundation is known for awarding scholarships to prospective students in conservancy-related courses like zoology and environmental studies, I feel that communication is also a critical part of the efforts. The conservationists efforts would be a waste if they are not properly communicated. The public should be aware of what is expected of them with regards to conservancy. Whether it is saving the tamarin monkeys, reducing carbon foot print or general conservation efforts, information is important. Today, environmentalism is less scientific than it was before. This can be attributed to the communicators and public relations specialists who have simplified these efforts through campaigns. They have made these efforts known to many people . However, there is need for more creativity in protecting our endangered animals, there are other negative campaigns out there which are aimed at thwarting the efforts of the environmentalists.
I want to join the new conservationists who will help push back the formidable forces that do not support protection of our animals. Even though this is not the traditional conservation avenue, I hope you will give it considerations. I have been accepted to a communications undergraduate program at the University of California and I am looking forward to studying environmental studies as a minor. I am also in close contact with the conservancy organization who have sharpened my skills and will be invaluable in finding a job. Thank you for thinking outside the box as you consider my application.