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Grad School Admission Essay

Grad School Admission Essay

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Published by iraolynh
Writing sample of a personal statement for grad school admission.
Writing sample of a personal statement for grad school admission.

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Published by: iraolynh on Apr 30, 2012
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Iraolyn S. Humphreys
Grad School Personal StatementWriting Sample
 
Someone once told me that you will find your true livelihood when you discover what itis that you do with ease, what you would do for free, and what it is that moves you to the point of going against the grain, taking leaps of faith, and challenging yourself beyond all previously set,self imposed boundaries.
For me, it’s applying the writing
gift that I
’ve
developed over the yearstowards a lucrative career as a communications specialist. Most of my writing experience isderived from drafting effective correspondence to clients and colleagues, helping peers with theirwriting, providing insight on how to intelligently convey thoughts and ideas to senior levelmanagement, and developing solid business relationships among chief level executives. Pursuinga
master’s degree in
communications would not only allow me the opportunity to utilize my giftas a writer on a more broader, profess
ional scale, but I’d also
evolve into a more natural andcrafted communications specialist by delving into every area of the communication spectrum.I really do believe that the best barometer of what we ought to be doing with our lives islocked up in our hearts, in our passions. The ability to speak and to write congruently has alwayscome rather naturally for me, thus causing me to take it for granted, and never really consideringit as a gifting or a talent. Needless to say, I was never driven by my ability to write well or towork in public communications until my last semester in college. Before then, partying and othervarious forms of immaturity distracted me from taking my future seriously; consequently, mygrades suffered. The summer before, I had taken an expository writing course and was takenaback by the many distinct writing styles that there were and how I was able to quickly graspthem, and successfully communicate messages by using more concise, yet detailed writing
variations. Even though I didn’t pursue a graduate education right away, the longing for a
moreagreeable, suitable career never dissipated. Upon graduating, I took the time to reflect on what Ihad learned, and whether or not I wanted to pursue the usual career paths of a political science
 
Iraolyn S. Humphreys
major. The answer was no.
It’s
comical to me how one often searches scrupulously for theirpurpose and passion, only to inevitably find that it was right in front of them all along.Naturally, as a political science major I took quite a few courses within comparativepolitics and international relations,
and became aware that the world’s prosperous, diverse, yet
oftentimes conflicting political systems rarely agreed upon topics that were intended to impact thegood of the world. So once the revelation set in (and it did take some time) that my ability towrite well was actually a Godsend, I became consumed
 — 
almost to the point of an obsession
 — 
with figuring out what exactly my writing niche was and exactly what I needed to do to perfect itand turn it into a budding career. The more I wrote, the more praises I received for my writing,the more driven and determined I became.Most of us thrive in the job or career that opens the door to our creative zeal and deepfascination
 — 
when we can enjoy our employ and see our salary as a benefit rather than theobjective. It was coherent communication, both oral and written, which allowed me to excel inbusiness development by building lasting rapports between Fortune 100 companies andconsulting firms. Through studying and understanding the attitudes, practices, and concerns of both the client and the customer, I developed business, and generated and increased revenue.My post undergraduate accomplishments are completely opposite of what my degreesuggests that they may have been. Having a work history comprised of mostly businessdevelopment positions;
I think it’s reasonable to assert
that
I’ve g
ained the foundational skillsnecessary to become an accomplished public relations specialist. While I have made a decentliving working in that field, the idea of acclimating it as my permanent career has never been anoption for me. I
wasn’t getting
the sense of fulfillment that one should gain from a career. Thepining for more, which I have oftentimes delayed confronting, remained a sputter that permeatedthe truth of my dreams and desires.
I don’t believe that the things we are good at are all a matter of happenstance. I believe
that they all intertwined in order to reach a desired outcome, a purpose. It was a light bulb
 
Iraolyn S. Humphreys
moment for me when I realized that I shou
ldn’t categorize my success in business development,
my ability to effectively communicate, and the happiness that I feel when motivating anduplifting others as random things that I happen to do well. They are all fundamental elements of aclear, efficient communications specialist. I assert that these attributes have laid a solid,forthcoming underpinning which will soundly lead to a gratifying career in public relations.As a business development professional working in the helm of the political landscape,witnessing the influence and persuasiveness of effective of political communication, I more thanwelcome the chance to study at one of the area
’s
most prominent and revered learninginstitutio
ns. Entering the master’s communication program
will perfectly position me totransition careers and become a better rounded communicator. The program affords workingprofessionals and alike the chance to get ahead and to go after those dreams and ambitions thatmay have lain dormant, or that they may not have otherwise had an opportunity to pursue.With its diversity among students and faculty, Trinity Washington Universitydifferentiates itself by offering a rigorous, comprehensive program designed to help studentsexcel, all while ensuring that they are well equipped to address the demanding and ever-changingpublic relations arena. My determination to succeed in this program is fueled by a passion thatdemands more from me than the mundane and mediocre. Moreover, I am driven by a passion
that won’
t allow me to become deterred by the incessant demands of life. In retrospect, I believethat it is the zest that I have for
my
purpose and
my
destiny that qualifies me as being capable of successfully tackling the challenges that will undeniably come with all of the rewards that thecommunication program will bring.
I’ve recently taken a couple of major steps that are strategically aligned with my dec
isionto change career paths. I have started writing for the
 Magnificent View
magazine, which is aquarterly published Christian magazine produced by Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church inWashington, D.C. There is no pay associated with writing for the magazine. The fulfillment is inbeing able to serve, without pretense, while simultaneously crafting my writing skills.

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