Free Sample Personal Statement in Public Affairs
We hope that your application essay will help the Admissions
Committee better understand you and the ways in which Yale College might
enable you to achieve your academic and personal goals. You should
discuss your reasons for wishing to transfer to Yale. You may also wish
to comment on your academic interests, extracurricular activities, and
significant responsibilities outside of school.
While many students decide to apply to Yale for its prestige, the
motivating factor for me was an innocent summer activity. I learned
about Yale last summer when I served on the Executive Committee and
taught for a program in New Haven, called Summer bridge New Haven. This
program, based out of the Hopkins School, allows high school and college
students to mentor and teach inner-city students who cannot afford a
tuition-based program. Two of my co-workers were Yale students, and they
informed me that Yale made major contributions to the program. Moreover,
Yale generously offered the use of its facilities, including field trips
to the Yale Daily News and other Yale sights that provided invaluable
experiences for the students, some of whom had never toured Yale despite
living in New Haven their entire lives. Several graduate students helped
us gather textbooks and other information for the program's science
classes, one of which I taught during the summer. I was very impressed
with Yale's devotion to the betterment of the New Haven community. It
attracts me because community service has always been a major part of my
life. Before that summer, I have served programs such as Big
Brothers/Big Sisters of Meriden-Wallingford and a tutoring program for a
grammar school in West Philadelphia.
Beyond Yale's intense involvement in the community, another reason I
would like to transfer to Yale is because of its acclaimed international
relations and economic departments. My interest in economics arose
early, as I was the president of the business club at my high school,
Choate Rosemary Hall. I also participated in the Fed Challenge, in which
Choate selected a team of five economics students to represent the
school in a national economics contest in Washington, DC. We attempted
to prove, through intense research, what monetary policy the Fed should
implement in its next Board of Governors meeting. Our performance in the
competition won each of us a $4,000 scholarship and a yearlong
subscription to Business Week (McG raw-Hill, the publisher of Business
Week, was a sponsor). This contest was exciting and sparked my current
passion for economics. Hence, Yale's exceptional economics department
would be a wonderful resource for me.
In addition to economics, I also enjoy studying languages and the
interaction between foreign countries. At Penn, I have attained
proficiency in German and am now taking my second semester of Polish.
Both Yale's foreign language and international relations departments are
very strong and would greatly enhance my education.
Another factor in my decision to apply to Yale as a transfer student has
been my father's illness. My father was recently diagnosed with lung
cancer and has begun feeling quite ill. As New Haven is near my home in
Wallingford, attending Yale would allow me to spend more time with my
father and let me aid him with some of the tasks that he can no longer
do because of his illness.
Though his illness has played some role in my decision, my academic
interests in Yale are still the main reasons for my desire to transfer.
I have a variety of college interests that I hope to continue at Yale.
These include working as an associate for the Daily Pennsylvanian,
Penn's student newspaper, and co-founding the Options and Hedging
Strategy Club, an investment club that works in conjunction with
Philadelphia investment banking houses and offers Penn students
information sessions on investment strategies. I would love the
opportunity to work for such a reputable student newspaper as the Yale
Daily News and start a similar investment strategy club at Yale. Through
my previous experiences with Yale, and based on my current interests, I
am certain that Yale and I would be a perfect fit.