What pivotal experiences and personal qualities do you believe make you a strong candidate for acceptance into the University of California, and how have you prepared for your intended major in business?

When asked how I have prepared for my intended major, I would have to say that I have dedicated the better part of my academic life to it. From very early on I knew I wanted to pursue a degree in business. Industry and finance have been my top favorite preoccupations since I was a kid. I have always aspired to be a businessman, particularly the kind whose work impacts society in some measurable and substantial way. To formally prepare for my major in business I have pursued and achieved college credits in a steadfast and measured way that I believe has been quite strategic. For starters, I read up on the various disciplines under that major and did some research on the types of careers I might find having that as a major. I thoroughly familiarized myself with the courses being offered to ensure I was making the right picks. Because I chose a school that offered me the level of challenge that I felt was more of a match for me at that stage of my pursuit, I managed to handle my course load, my extra-curricular responsibilities, my social life, and my family fellowship while also gaining hands-on experience in the real world of industry. I gained insight into what my strengths are, pinpointed the areas I am most passionate about, and met people from whom I could bounce ideas and concepts off. I envisioned myself certificated and worked diligently to stay that course. Having said that, I believe one of the main things I have done to prepare for my intended major is to immerse myself in an existence that calls for being able to compartmentalize and organize to be able to meet the needs of all the areas that comprise my life. I know how and when to reach out for help, and I have exercised my perseverance muscle for the road ahead. Although I was born in the United States of America, we lived out of the country for both my elementary and middle school years. When we returned, it wasn’t easy for me. It was literally as if this were my first time ever being here. I had no friends, and in addition to not knowing anyone, I struggled terribly with using English.

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I can recall how I had to deal with the difficulty and awkwardness of starting school in mid-semester, later than everyone else, and having to catch up on all the materials for my classes. It was an isolating and daunting time in my life. As it turned out, the one class that I had no problem with was math. Fortunately for me, being adept at math made it so that I could put most of my time and effort into improving my English language skills. I remember working so hard and studying during every free moment. I recall the endless tutoring sessions and practicing I had to endure. This was one of the most challenging times of my life and I rose to the occasion, passing my classes despite the rocky re-entry. Today I am proud and relieved to be able to say that I communicate and handle my studies with minimal difficulty. From my increased ability to read and understand written material, to my improved speech, writing, and linguistic expression, I have come a long way from that frustrated student who didn’t know if he would ever be able to make it through Language Arts, let alone attend a California university. Reflecting on that time in my life I recognize it as a pivotal experience that shaped me into the student I am today. As such, I have the confidence to pursue academic achievement without fear or trepidation. In my community, I am the math mentor. I am the one who others come to when they are struggling with algebra, trigonometry, or anything related to numbers. Academic environments are not the only place where I have been able to help others feel more confident about what they know when it comes to dealing with numbers. I have been the one to tutor students before finals. But I have also been the one to help create a budget or compute personal finances for adults who lacked confidence in this area. With math being one of my strong suits I almost felt as if it were nothing for me to assist my family, friends, and fellow classmates. What I found out, however, was that the community of people who had come to rely on my help and guidance were deeply grateful for me. They expressed feeling relieved where once they had felt overwhelmed. Some of them said that I made math “fun” where once they had believed math was something to dread and avoid. I have personally watched students go from reluctant to enthusiastic after I have spent time with them making it all make sense. In a world where math can seem so intimidating, and yet is considered one of those things we all need to know our way around, I have been regarded as a bit of a hero. I don’t take this lightly and I am very humbled to be able to contribute in this way. For me, a community that feels more empowered after having spent time with me is evidence of my purpose being fulfilled. If I can convince others that they can do something they once doubted they could do, I am making the kind of impact I have always wanted to be known for. Preparing for this day, where I would put my fingers on keyboard and write about the things I believe make me a strong candidate for acceptance into the University of California, I naturally came across several forms of help. There is much in the way of suggestions, coaching, and advice on how to win at this university application process. Students from all over the world are eager to be considered for admission into the University of California, and I am no exception. Some of us believe that if we say too much about one aspect of ourselves, we will sway the reader away from us. Others of us believe there are a set of right things to say that will work in our favor. Still others of us have been told which prompts not to even choose. I found it fascinating that I tended to gravitate towards the prompts it was recommended no applicant tackle. Likewise, there are things I know to be true about myself, and which I consider attributes, that were listed as “don’t mention” by the experts. One mentor suggested that applicants steer away from talking up their humanity and empathy. It was said that these were attributes less compelling to the likes of the University of California. I believe, however, that my empathy for humanity and my desire to serve a variety of cultures in making sure they receive the help, respect, and care all people desire and deserve, is what stands out about me. I planned and dreamed of how to improve myself as a student and a human being to be worthy of this university. I started from zero and now I’m proud of myself for standing up and taking a chance. I have never given up on my vision to be enrolled at the University of California and so today as I consider why I make a good candidate I know it is because I simply do.

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