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PERSONAL ESSAY Each individual has his own reason for pursuing a graduate degree.

Professionally, a graduate degree shows that the person has the motivation, ambition, and dedication to improve and thus strive to obtain a position in which he/she can apply and expand his knowledge base. Many perceive a graduate degree as a status symbol, an opportunity for advancement, or even a cause for more money. The choice to seek additional education after investing four years in an undergraduate degree shows commitment to learning and recognition of self-worth. I chose to pursue a Masters degree for two reasons; to obtain a higher learning level of education and to eventually increase my annual salary. The first, and most important, reason for my wanting to pursue a Masters degree is to obtain a higher education level. I believe that obtaining a graduate degree will definitely make me more marketable in the corporate world. My goal is to broaden my horizon beyond the technical world, unlock career aspirations otherwise blocked, and enhance problem-solving and decision-making skills. I am hoping that by pursuing a degree of higher learning. My interest in science dates back to my early childhood. I have always excelled in physical sciences and have received numerous awards in physics in high school. At age 14, i attended Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) and took up Bachelor of Seconday Education majoring general science. Four years of extensive study in physical science and current work in surface science inspired me to undertake a greater challenge in pursuing a masters degree in physics. My aspiration to be a research scientist also makes graduate study an absolute necessity. As an undergraduate student, I specialized in physics, mathematics, and chemistry. I was also pleased with the computed values of the critical exponents that closely agreed with theoretical values.

I believe that i my professional abilities will be enhanced more if ill be given a chance to study Masters degree in this institution. Im very adaptable person in a way that im willing to learn a new task especially if it will improve my abilities. Ive been a teacher and college instructor for four years and i believe working while studying if ever wont really affect my initiative to learn and broaden my knowledge. Accumulating these valuable experiences, I am preparing myself for a career in scientific research. Being exposed to surface science, I am interested in mesoscopic systems and nanostructure materials. I plan to concentrate on condensed matter physics. I will pick up enhanced skills that will enable me to be more of an asset to a team once I enter the workforce. I truly believe that without the knowledge, strength and

motivation from within, I would not have attempted such a bold move. I take pride in knowing that I am making the first step in the right direction and towards reaching new heights. A graduate program will be both a challenge and a major achievement to me. I believe I have the ability and motivation to contribute to a great body of intellectuals in the graduate program. Given the chance, I will be a major asset. I believe that ADMU is the best place for me to be. I am confident in that my diverse research experiences together with a firm commitment to physics have merited me to be qualified to undertake graduate study at the Ateneo de Manila University.