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    George Washington University: International Business
    George Washington University: International Business Essay Prompt 1: At George Washington University, our students frequently interact with policymakers and world leaders. These experiences and those of our alumni can shape the future of global affairs. If you had the power to change the course of history in your community or the world, what would you do and why? When BBC confirmed the process towards the Korea reunification through their breaking news in 2018, I was among those who overjoyed. And who would not? Anderson Cooper confirmed that South and North Korea were going to sign a reunification agreement that day, an indication that all the years of tension and conflict between the two Koreas would be finally put behind. Finally, the Korean Peninsula would soon be a hub of peace. As a Korean, my desire to the reunification and the promotion of peace throughout the world has led me to dream to become the South Korean Secretary of Foreign Affairs someday so I can smooth out all the problems and hindrances towards the realization of the unification. However, not everyone was in favor of the reunification; and mostly, the younger South Koreans disagree with the idea as they were afraid of the consequences such as the cost that the South Koreans would have to shoulder and the political arrangement that the two leaders would have to arrange. But if I had the power to change the course of history, I would accelerate all the process while all the current political leaders involved in the reunification, namely, President Trump and the two leaders of South and North Koreas are talking and determined to realize the unification. I will use the media and the citizens of the two Koreas in expediting the process and in telling the whole world that they are brothers and should remain as one.
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    Biology
    Cloning Institution Affiliation Student Name Cloning Cloning has attracted controversial opinions all over the world especially since Dolly; the cloned sheep was born in 1996. The technology got invented during the 20th century but what about its progress in the 21st century? (Levine, 2012). Are people comfortable with the idea of consumer products of cloned animals and plants? Will the growth lead to the first human clone? What are the benefits and shortcomings of cloning? Cloning refers to the process of producing same living organisms from an adult host in a science laboratory. The clone has no parents in biological terms since it is a creation of asexual production. All clones begin life as an infant regardless of the donor’s age (Levine, 2012). The only country that has legalized cloning for therapeutic reasons in the world is Great Britain. The science stands a great chance to shape the future in exciting and frightening ways. While scientists keep on finding more reasons to support the process, there are both advantages and shortcomings of cloning. Cloning presents many potential breakthroughs for improving human health conditions. Cloned plants and animals may lead to the development of species that have more nutritional content for consumption and organisms that are resistant to more illnesses (Cockett, & Kole, 2009). Infertile couples can get their biological child. Cloning eases tissue and organ harvesting to ensure enough backup in case anyone needs organ donation. Cloning is believed to bring back dead people hence can help save passed on loved ones and historically relevant people. People get offered the chance to choose traits of their baby theoretically before the genes are set up. The downsides of cloning are also several, and they support claims that the procedure is detrimental. The dynamic nature of the science and technology field might place a barrier for development of new kinds of living things due to lack of predictability. The species imitated by the doctors may become extinct because of inbreeding with the new types formed. Loss of genetic diversity since the original genotype composition remains altered (Cockett, & Kole, 2009). Scientists cannot develop and grow a healthy clone since some viruses keep changing with time presenting uncertainty of disease resistance. Cloning human beings becomes a complicated subject to discuss since it touches morality and religious beliefs (Fitzpatrick, 2008). Someone might also decide to create smart clones that have superior intelligence beyond humankind ability. Such a species might wipe out humanity from the planet. Development in the cloning sector poses excellent possibilities for human life. Scientific research suggests that the process might help humankind to conquer death. The method of bringing back a dead loved one would involve creating a clone who shares the characteristics of its host. Cloning provides high hope in saving more lives due to improved medical solutions. However, all the promises the procedure offers comes with many fears. During the process, scientists might create more diseases that might prove fatal to the human population and lack treatment drugs. The argument on human cloning remains unresolved as people question its morality. In case people’s duplicates got created, there would arise legal and civil issues over the rights of the clones (Fitzpatrick, 2008). The research and testing of the process deem necessary before embarking on investing resources on something without the required knowledge. Finally, the discussion on whether the investment of resources on cloning is essential remains the central question. The topic will always attract debates since scientists keep on discovering better insights about the procedure. As science continues to advance, cloning will become a regular topic and lose novelty. The most important focus will be on how to apply the process in rightful circumstances because it is still difficult to conclude on the specific impacts of cloning.
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    New York University – Media, Culture and Communication major
    New York University – Media, Culture and Communication major While the world is continuously progressing in building a better future, the media have been instrumental in promoting progress, as well as in communicating and influencing people’s choices. Growing up in a highly urbanized country such as South Korea, I have seen how the different forms of media have connected the world and served as the windows of global trends, advocacies and products, to name a few. It was such an influencer that even I as a child has been accustomed to ‘consulting’ the media on what to buy, what to use and even what line of thinking to follow. I also grew-up joining broadcasting and advertising clubs and literally knew how powerful the different forms of media can be in promoting a lifestyle and disseminating information. And this power to make an impact or influence others drew me to major Media, Culture and Communication: I want to help lives better by communicating information that will inspire others to act, create and make a difference. Working as a member of the school broadcasting department way back in my sixth grade, I factually learned how media can be used in many different things. But what I really liked about it is its capability to make an impact and create awareness on issues that are sometimes neglected in the societies. Though media have its negative and positive sides, I still like the idea that working in this field will make me more aware on what is going on around me, which can also be experienced by others irrespective of our geo-locations. Furthermore, my father earned his master’s degree in NYU and he has always been proud of what he has achieved through the influence of NYU in his life. Thus, NYU became my dream school. I believe that Steinhardt is the best partner in my aspiration to maximize my potentials in the overall cultural art because of its solid liberal arts education, theoretical learning and global opportunities to experience the extraordinary resources of New York City – from student teaching to internships and clinical placements at top arts organizations and healthcare facilities. I’m applying to the NYU through the scholarship and assistance program, CCTOP, and I’m committed to take advantage of this rare opportunity to maximize my potentials. I am positive that your program in Media, Culture and Communication will bring out the best in me in making an impact to others’ lives.
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    New York University – International Relations
    New York University – International Relations Question 1: We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. We are particularly interested in knowing what motivated you to apply to NYU and more specifically, why you have applied or expressed interest in a particular campus, school, college, program, and/or area of study? You may be focused or undecided, or simply open to the options within NYU's global network; regardless, we want to understand - Why NYU? (2500 character maximum) I have always envisioned myself as a global person; one who is knowledgeable about the whole world and not just about the place from where I came from. This started when I was 15 and had watched a documentary about a powerful businesswoman in Korea who held high positions across the world. I was inspired by her story and aspired to be a global leader too someday. And this led me to dream of studying in the USA, specifically in New York University, a known global university whose list of global alumni is lengthy. Though it was just a dream then, I worked hard for it to be realized. I had to act like a professional businesswoman in front of my father just to convince him to grant me a huge loan to finance my studies abroad. As a businessman, my father would not finance a project unless he sees it viable. And because I presented my plan through a business proposal, I was able to convince him that I was serious with being global – the prime reason why I would like to study in New York University. It took a month of intense discussions with my father before he finally said yes and allowed me to move to attend an international boarding school in the US. Through that experience, I learned a great deal about myself. I learned that in order to make my dreams a reality, I have to focus on my goals, learn about what it is that I want, and never shy away from tough conversations. When I discussed my plans and dreams with my father, I had to present myself as a businesswoman who was confident and knowledgeable. Because I presented myself confidently, my father took my dream seriously and decided in my favor. This experience has taught me that achieving a dream may be difficult, but it is never impossible if you are courageous, know how to work hard for your goals and remain professional. And I am confident that New York University is the right university for me because it has been trusted by many heads of state, eminent scientists, media personalities and CEO’s of Fortune 500, to name a few, all alumni of NYU and all notable global personalities. Question 2: Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve. I have always wanted to be a champion in my own field so choosing the best university that will challenge my intellect and maximize my potentials has been a major decision for me. And learning the list of alumni of NYU that included the names of John F. Kennedy, Jr., Amal Clooney, Colin Powell, Rudy Giuliani, Jack Dorsey, Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga, to name a few, made me more excited to transfer. One common thing about your alumni is their international stature and their being socially responsible. In today’s world, knowing how to reach out to those who are at the outskirt of the societies is valuable in making this world a better place to live in. I also believe that your university provides the best opportunities to interact and connect the students to global communities, which are highly important in the likelihoods of collaborations, global internships and professional affiliations after graduation. Furthermore, your varied student population manifests your respect for diversity, openness of views and creativity. While growing up, my father has taught me the significance of global exposure and business and the importance of sustaining harmony between partners in achieving success. I also experienced this when I moved to the US and had to maintain my harmonious relationships with the people around me, irrespective of their cultures and backgrounds, to reach my goals. The exchange of culture that I have experienced has provided me a better understanding on how the world works and how humans are shaped by their environments, experiences, resources and challenges. As someone aspiring to be a Secretary of Foreign Affairs someday, I need to have an excellent global perspective and comprehensive understanding of the preferences of other races to be fair and just in making decisions. I am positive that your program in International Relations is in line with my educational and professional objectives and will surely help me improve my critical thinking skills. I am certain that I will gain the core knowledge of the international system and further polish my analytical skills to better understand the impact of globalization on business, societies and government. I do hope that majoring International Relations will unleash my potentials in promoting equality among men and ensure that everyone gets an equal access to services and opportunities.
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    Music Entrepreneurship
    Music Entrepreneurship QUESTION #1 What is your brand and is it a good one? Who are you? What compelling narrative do you have about yourself? What is your purpose and intention in how you represent yourself? We discussed in class a comment made by an Eastman Professor, regarding how your image lives within the minds of the market, not just your wishful thinking. Knowing the buyer is the final judge, your brand is what people think of when they think of you (and whether they want to hire you or not.) I am a Southern California-based musician, pianist, collaborate artist, a piano teacher and a recording instructor. Since I do collaborations, my brand is not limited to a single type of genre but a mixture of genres, from reggae, pop, classic through religious. I have done several solo recitals and collaborated with ensembles. I have also worked for years at the Heart of Jesus Church as a staff pianist and accompanist. In 2004, I won the grand prize at The Kyunghyang Newspaper competition in South Korea. Further in 2009 and 2010, I was twice honored with Scott Henderson Memorial Scholarship Concert. I am currently working on my Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance and plan to improve my musical prowess and experiences through wide-ranging educational and vocational activities. Just like Charles Ives who was once a church organist, I also would like to compose music that will not only ease the hearts of those heavily laden but will also encourage hope and positive values. I know that music speaks to people’s souls and my passion for playing the piano will motivate me more to reinvent my musicality to keep up with the changing times and tastes of people. My exposure to the reggae music also opens up my compassion to the underclass and aspires to be a medium in expressing their feelings and thoughts through music. I know that this genre is sometimes viewed as rebel music because of its lyrical messages but I believe people will still keep on patronizing this genre because of its playful and danceable musicality. Further, I know that collaboration is a viable means of getting exposure and provides an opportunity to work with well-known professionals. The salability of a brand depends on how it registers in the minds of the buyers, and in my case, since I am more of an accompanist, I will try to increase collaborations with famous celebrities so I will also be given the corresponding exposure and recognition. QUESTION #2 In what ways have you expanded your network and collaborations with NON-musicians, to include connecting with potential donors by enabling them to feel a sense of purpose in their own lives by being a part of something in yours? I try to expand my network and collaboration with non-musicians by keeping abreast of what is going on around me, what events are happening and the latest endeavors that people are getting into. By being aware of the latest events and occurrences give me a hint on what is ‘cooking’ and who the people behind the project or projects that I could get in touch with and include in my network of professional acquaintances. Through my exposures to the different collaborations I made that I learned to value the importance of about ‘who you know’ in the project that in one way or another can help me in being included in the auditions and get hired. Through experience, I have learned that the more I collaborate with new artists, the more chances I get of increasing my network of directors, producers and sponsors which eventually turn into the increase of my potential opportunities. I also make it a point to always give the best performance as possible because I know that I am always judged based on my last performance and through that, the people behind the camera and the sponsors will remember my craft when opportunities arise. Further, in terms of connecting to potential donors and enabling them to feel the cause that I am advocating, I try to be visible in pushing my advocacies, such as in going green, by joining groups of the same causes and promoting this to organizations whose operations are in one way or another, contributories to the success or failure of the advocacy. For instance, we try to promote going green to manufacturing companies and encourage them to join our cause and sponsor our advocacy. They will most likely benefit from it because people continue to patronize products that are associated with green environment and healthy living. QUESTION #3 What are a few ideas for your community service learning project that would show you to be relevant to society through your artistic endeavors? How can you be an effective and active advocate for the arts? Can you combat uninformed opinions? How are you planning to take your personal vision into a larger context? How are you planning to transform an idea into an action that creates value? How are you going to connect people to your service or product in a non-monetary way so the money will be sure to follow? Like Henry Cowell, I would like to teach students in groups and expand the performance practice and techniques for piano. I am aware that this is quite costly as it will need more pieces of piano to train students but introducing it in clusters will provide more students to learn and learn from each other, giving me more time to do other tasks while they are trying to learn from their group mates. This strategy will not only enhance learning but also cooperation and collaboration. Those who are fast learners can teach those who are having a hard time, his learned technique. Further, I can be an effective and active advocate for the arts by promoting learning and playing the piano to the youth instead of being idle or spending their vacant hours to unimportant things. Though it is expected that not everyone will agree to piano lessons but by just teaching them how to read notes can also be an opportunity to explore music and find the musical instrument that they can play well or open their doors to the world of musical composition or collaboration. Olivier Messiaen, for one, developed a new system of teaching harmony through chords and colors. Though people have varied opinions regarding art, I will combat uninformed opinions by teaching them the facts. And I can acquire credibility through my degree, musical learning knowledge and musical performance experiences. I will inculcate to their young minds that excellence is achieved through continuous learning and practice. I will tell the stories of the masters who went through odds just to get what they aspire for. Just as what Harold S. Geneen once said, “In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins; cash and experience. Take the experience first, the cash will come later.” And to make sure that the cash follows, they should also learn to make the necessary connections in order to gain the much-needed exposure. Skills, talents and abilities will be futile if they will remain unperformed. QUESTION #4 Please discuss a minimum of five characteristic or personal strengths that you plan to base your next five years of career pursuits upon? The five characteristic or personal strengths that I plan to base my next five years of career pursuits are innovation, perseverance, collaboration, hunger for excellence and passion. Innovation is a great strength to success because being innovative and different among the rest will determine my craft and the factor that will make people clamor for more of my performances. I need to have my own unique quality of playing the piano to distinguish me from my colleagues. And I know innovation is not easy to create so I also need perseverance to keep me determined in honing my craft. I need to practice over and over again so I can master my abilities and direct them to making a difference.
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    Medill's Integrated Marketing Communications program
    Medill's Integrated Marketing Communications program 1. Describe your interest in Medill's Integrated Marketing Communications program. What experiences have led you to apply? How will this program help you achieve your career goals? What experiences have drawn you toward a career in integrated marketing communications and what steps you have taken to prepare for or advance your career? According to Mireille Guiliano, “Intelligence, knowledge or experience are important and might get you a job, but strong communication skills are what will get you promoted”. And this is one of the reasons why I am interested in Medill’s Integrated Marketing Communications program. I know that to better utilize my majors (Sociology and Business Administration), I need to possess excellent communications skills to articulate my skills and abilities. Medill’s long-standing reputation for academic excellence in journalism and integrated marketing communications will surely add integrity to my credentials. I realized the importance of excellent communication skills when I joined an exchange student program to The Netherlands that lasted for a year. That program not only improved my intercultural competence but also my communicating skills in English because I had to interact with other exchange students from different countries. It also opened my eyes to the edge that good communicators have over the others. I aspire to become a brand manager for a product line that is internationally distributed, such as Ralph Lauren. However, this position demands good communication skills, specifically in English, to better market the product. I know that good communication skills can be acquired through experience, but it may take time to polish it, unlike when I am trained professionally by communications gurus from your program. Further, I am positive that the academic background in Marketing that Medill’s provides will shape me to be a perfect candidate for international marketing positions in multinational corporations. I am specifically interested in the area of digital marketing as this is the current trend that global companies are pursuing. To achieve my career goals, I devoted time to earn work experiences that will supplement my Business Administration major. I did some internship at Delft, Netherland to gain more business familiarity. I know that experience without theory is nothing, but theory without experience is just an intellectual play. My exposure to the latest trend and Marketing practices such as e-commerce and digital marketing enhances my competence. Furthermore, Medill’s curriculum support and guidance in terms of global perspective development experiences and transformative community building will surely make a difference in helping me achieve my career goals. I chose to apply to Medill’s Integrated Marketing Communications program because I am confident that this will help me develop an insight and advanced knowledge in specific areas of Marketing Communications. In its small sized class, I would like to strengthen my knowledge in areas that I have not had the opportunity to do so and Medill’s renowned program will definitely help me become a better marketing communicator. 2. Describe a major trend in the marketing communications industry that will change the way organizations communicate? The major trend in the marketing communications industry that will change the way organizations communicate is Brand Journalism, where companies directly speak to their consumers through digital publishing. The social media is on crisis because people are getting tired of Social Networking Services (SNS), probably because of overloading ads and marketing and on the part of companies, their communication with customers are very limited and temporary. Further, it is not easy for companies to control the current social marketing through FB, twitter, blog, email, etc. And this is the gap that Brand Journalism fills in. Brand Journalism is from the concept of ‘brand storytelling’ where stories about the company that readers may want to know more are published, either on the internet or in print. More and more companies are already creating “journalistic” content; some are even hiring journalists to write news about their products and their industries. Some companies, like McDonald’s, no longer use the traditional marketing and advertising tactics that focus on the same, repetitive message, but instead, approaches marketing communications like the way a magazine editor creates an array of different content geared towards a variety of interests, but with a clear journalistic framework. The goal here is brand awareness through storytelling. Red Bull, on the other hand, maintains a website and print magazine called Red Bulletin where it features remarkable photographs and extreme sports stories that align with the brand’s image of edgy, vigor and youthful. The undertaking of journalism is to inform and that entails selection, observation and interpretation of information, which sometimes includes all the biases. However, the business side of journalism is to make its marketing partners ways to reach consumers. And this is what Brand Journalism both performs – building a sustainable model for advertising-supported journalism with the use of connections between journalists, marketers and consumers. Brand Journalism offers reliable and effective marketing by providing a powerful story in the right place and at the right time. It does not only focuses on advertising the product or brand but gives customers information about the industry, company, the market and everything that consumers may be interested to know. My work experience as a Business Analyst at a Finnish company in Seoul, Korea gave me the opportunity to analyze and develop digital marketing strategies and promotion strategies for start-up companies. During that time, I was able to work with some of the most talented individuals around the globe who were promoting their services and firms and witnessed the evolution of digital marketing with the recent rise of mobile services that have become so influential in marketing today. I learned the process of conducting and implementing digital marketing practices and I consider myself as an expert in this area, coupled with advanced knowledge in mobile platforms and start-up companies in Europe. With this unique past, I have obtained experiences and know-how that I would like to share with other students and professors at Medill’s. The need for experts in digital marketing is growing and I believe I can make a valuable contribution in the class. I am also an excellent team player who has worked with people of diverse backgrounds and nationalities in both Asia and Europe. Now that more companies are into digital marketing, sales and marketing communications will be faster and easier. And businesses can take advantage of this technology and convert it into a profit-making experience. Since people are becoming busier each day, marketing communications can be made easier and if possible, seamless, so the communications can be done even through phones, tablets, laptops or wearables. In a snap, organizations can communicate and seal paperless negotiations. The bottom line of all these communications technology is faster communications strategies that will enhance sales of products. 3. What do you see as the biggest challenge you would face as a student in Medill's IMC program, and what strategies would you use to overcome it? If there is anything in your application that you think may hurt your chances of gaining admission to Medill (e.g., GRE or GMAT scores, GPA, lack of marketing or work experience), please indicate, in 300 words or less, any strengths that compensate for those perceived disadvantages. The biggest challenge that I think I would face as a student in Medill’s Integrated Marketing Communications program is loneliness from being away from family and friends. However, with the current communications technology, this loneliness can be dismissed in a click, either through my mobile phone, laptop, tablet or wearable computing. I have an open-minded international perspective and since this is not the first time that I will be away from home, homesickness will be manageable. Further, my determination to succeed and be a future leader in marketing communications will help me get through loneliness. Through the years, I have always practiced the principle of ‘mind over body’ to sidetrack loneliness. I am a very active person with a positive attitude and I always socialize especially during group activities. This attitude can help me get through homesickness and pushes me to get involved in many school activities and learn from the experience. Further, I will take advantage of the social media to connect with my family and friends in Korea and chat with them whenever our schedules permit. Interacting with them even through the social media can help a lot in bridging our distance. Also, I will post messages and pictures in my Facebook account so my family will be updated on how I am doing in the US. I will also keep myself busy in studying because busy mind overlooks time but gives way to creativity. I am a creative, passionate and goal oriented person and these qualities pop-up whenever situations call for it. During my university life, I applied to a student participation program which was sponsored by a company. It was organized by several students from different universities and we suggested marketing ideas to the Directors in the marketing section of the company. I really enjoyed the experience because I got the opportunity to work with other students from other universities and developed ideas with them for the sponsoring company’s promotional campaign. My creativity served me well that time as my ideas were commended by the Director. It was one of the most inspiring and valuable experiences I have ever had during my university life; and its effect still lingers as I keep on challenging myself to keep on learning. I am confident that my extrovert personality is an advantage in taking Integrated Marketing Communications Program because I am not afraid to take chances and interact with others. I certainly believe that success can be achieved if a person can communicate well because communicating is an important tool in expressing ideas and visions and in translating ideas into a business success.
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    London School of Economics & Political Science – MSc Media, Communication & Development
    London School of Economics & Political Science – MSc Media, Communication & Development Personal Statement In today’s world of high technology, media and communication played important roles in the circulation of knowledge and information from and to all corners of the world. And since I had been given the opportunity to work at international organisations such as the UN, UNICEF and UNCHR, I became more aware on how media and communication contribute in the development of communities and countries. The media are the different forms of communication tools such as the electronic media (TV and radio), print and the social media. These media are used as empowerment tools to connect and facilitate messages so two or several parties can communicate. Currently, the different forms of mass media are used to encourage the people to participate in development activities for the betterment of the society. In my experience as a project manager at UNICEF Kyrgyzstan, it was in the print media where I found the strong need for safety of schools in that area, urging me to develop a proposal to bring development through the Safe School project so the public and the children will be educated on how to be safe during natural disasters. I also used the power of the media in creating innovative and interactive videos and campaigns to raise public awareness on health, education and social issues. I also took advantage of the power of the social media in increasing my audience and participants during my days as a UN volunteer and Public information/external relations intern at the UNCHR Korea. I felt the need to further my knowledge in media, communication and development whilst I was working at the UNICEF as a project manager in Communication section. Though my project was successful and been lauded as one of the best achievements of the year with great number of outreach to children in such a short amount of time, I still found myself lacking in theory and understanding of historical, cultural and societal aspects of development. Practitioners in the development field are often pressured to give out result as soon as they can, causing some short-cut in the processing of analysis and scientific evidence. This happened to me in my project in Kyrgyzstan. Despite our success in the Safe School project, some of the locals were not happy for the project because most of them believed that natural disasters are God’s will and a form of punishment for sinning so men should embrace the fate with humility. I was astounded at first but after reflection, I realised that I committed a mistake by not including the religious leaders in our target audience. I overlooked the fact that I was in a different country, with different people of different cultures, ethnicity and traditions. I forgot the fact that the whole community would be the driving force of the project and without their commitment and cooperation, no amount of investment would bring lasting improvement. That experience made me realise the importance of communication in raising awareness as well as in conditioning the minds of others to be more open in absorbing new ideas and societal changes. It also taught me to be more cautious in planning projects, especially in taking into consideration all aspects and sides of the whole stakeholders. Hence, I resolved to study first before continuing my career in the field. However, we need to be critical in the aspects of contemporary communication and development because contemporary media or communication is a two-bladed knife. It is the most effective and prevalent than ever in history yet an extremely easy tool to create fake news that could misinform or inflame people. Even when it comes to communicating development, some have resorted to disseminate fake or false news just to favour their side of story. Unfortunately, this also happens in the social media where there are higher levels of social engagement due to the connection that the social network of “friends” could do. And that network of friends adds to the dissemination of the false or one-sided story which contributes in defining what truth or lies to believe. Due to the rapid technologies, the media and communication becomes a cheap yet fast and effective way to promote economic, political and social change. But when used properly and right information and values are disseminated, then it could be a good medium in encouraging people and locals to change behaviours and participate in implementing development. Like in my case, when I was still working at the international organisations, I took advantage of the power and influence of both the mass media and social media in creating media strategies that could influence people’s behaviour about the campaigns and events that we were promoting. And it really helped a lot because we were able to improve the public awareness, public participation and the raised funds. To highlight my study, I hope to make a research on “Usage of Media in communicating gender issues” and collect data on its impact to changing the behaviours of people. My past work experiences have showed me the power of communication, particularly the modern information technology like social media, in understanding the community and their values, and providing messages that can address real issues and problems of the society. I would like to focus on gender issues such as characterisation of gender, lack of sexual health education, discrimination in education, employment and in the home, and find real-life “good and bad” examples of how media have addressed and communicated the issue to bring out the positive behavioural changes of societies. Group learning and cultural awareness in empowering others will also be searched to ensure the effective translation and communication of the messages into national and local context. I hope to communicate the gender issues to all the stakeholders such as the communities, youths, government and religious leaders and bring the positive changes for the societies to establish gender equality. I am certain that your program in MSc Media, Communication and Development will provide me the avenue to develop a critical approach to media and communication for development that is grounded on thoughtfulness and reflection of social science perspective. Ten years after the programme, I see myself working in the international organizations as a Communication Specialist and working on different societal issues to raise awareness and bring out behavioural changes through communicating development in the developing countries. With your guidance and specialisation, I will surely achieve my goals.
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    Admission - London School of Economics - MSc in Risk & Finance
    Personal Statement Abraham Lincoln once said, “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” These words were like swords that sliced my heart apart because I remembered the time when I had to beg my father that we leave Korea and settle back to Japan because of the economic gap between the two countries. Being used to the clean and modern environment of Tokyo where we lived for 5 years, I was not pleased to see the old buildings in Seoul, its bumpy and uneven sidewalks and the unkempt sewers. I could not believe that I belonged to what I considered an inurbane and shabby city. So at a young age, I promised myself to leave Korea and work in a global community; and I started to work on this dream by entering Hanyoung Foreign Language High School to have a better grasp of foreign languages and their cultures. But the Asian financial crisis in 1997 changed my heart and made me reconsider my priorities in life. That financial crisis made me see the melting down of our economy and the inability of my government to stop it. It even came to a point where we lived in fear, dreading that my father would lose his job one day and there was nothing we could help. That period was too taxing that it cost my mother’s life due to stress. And that proved to be the turning point of my life. I suddenly realised what John F. Kennedy meant when he urged his fellow Americans to ask what they can do for their country instead of the other way around. From that time on, I abandoned the idea of running away from Korea and became determined to pursue a career that could contribute to my country’s economic prosperity. I studied Economics at Korea University and it opened my eyes to the different factors that contribute to the differing economic strengths of Korea and Japan. And I came to realise the importance of finance as a conduit of industries. The dynamic nature of finance fascinated me and even the structural complexity of it provoked my challenged spirit. I pondered upon the questions such as “How can a strong financial system contribute to the economic growth?” “What kind of policy measures should be considered when if another financial crisis hits the Korean economy?” and “How can we prevent the spread of economic turmoil?” These questions often left me imagining myself drawing up economic policies and it naturally drove me to dream of becoming an economic policy maker. When I joined the Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF) and became a deputy director, the Korean economy was again hit by a global financial crisis in 2008. My main role was to formulate strategic economic policy directions for the country, and my team was given the task of boosting domestic demand to help revitalise Korea’s economy. We pushed forward with bold and comprehensive policy measures that touched upon financing, tax benefits and deregulation to deal with the crisis. The total amount of money that my team invested in the wake of the crisis reached 13.3 trillion won (GBP 7.7 billion). Those made me recognise the sensitivity and importance of my responsibilities as my team was directly in charge of the manipulations. And the success or failure of our endeavours will surely manifest in Korea’s economic growth. Fortunately, we were successful because the economic growth swiftly returned to positive territory, showing a clearly-marked upward trend from the beginning of 2009. That experience was priceless because in my own little way, I served as an instrument in uplifting my country’s economy. My achievements at the MOSF resulted to a position with overall responsibility for investment vehicles policy at the Financial Services Commission (FSC), which has mandates to draft financial laws and regulations and directly supervises financial institutions. I was assigned the mission to revise the “Capital Market Law” to promote Private Equity Funds (PEFs) in Korea. The Korean PEF market was experiencing a rapid growth in scale since it was launched in 2004, but the most of domestic PEFs were still relying on financial investments rather than strategic investments. I judged that harsh regulations were hindering PEFs’ corporate restructuring activities or investing in innovative businesses. I launched the discussion meeting which included lawyers, professors and leading market players and we debated upon easing various restrictions such as capital requirements and limitations on short selling and leveraging. However, the global trend at the time was reinforcing capital controls to prevent systematic risk. Reflecting from such changes, I decided to mediate our initial plan which included some drastic deregulations. I should not ignore the importance of systematic stability but I became confused with my judgments. That experience made me realise that I still had more to learn and prompted me to pursue graduate study in finance. Risk is an unavoidable nature imbedded in finance. Historically, financial supervisory authorities have been seeking for the equilibrium between liberalisation and regulation. As a member of a financial authority in an emerging country, my career aspiration for the long term is to provide a strong and stable financial system, which can effectively support the real economy. To find a balanced solution for the Korean financial market in the future, I feel the need to obtain a stronger theoretical background and improve my knowledge of finance. Quoting the words of Niccolo Machiavelli, “All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer”. In my case, I would like to develop my strength in making a difference by empowering myself with a higher level of education to improve my skills in critical evaluation and analysis, my problem solving skills and be able to think independently but meticulously. In this regard, I believe that the MSc Risk and Finance at London School of Economics and Political Science is a perfect choice for my future study. If given a chance, I would like to culminate my studies by conducting research on risk-causing factors in the financial market and how it should be managed and regulated. I am confident that learning the cutting-edge academic theory and practice at LSE will enable me to create the most effective policies in the future. I specifically find your courses such as “Management and Regulation of Risk”, “Principles of Financial Regulation” and “International Financial Regulation” valuable and make the LSE MSc Risk and Finance distinguished from other Master’s programmes in Finance. I also would like to further my understanding on the financial investment vehicles and the development of capital markets. Korea's financial industry has been biased to the banking sector for so long. I believe that a well-developed capital market is a vital condition for the successful growth of the Korean economy and I want to contribute in upholding virtuous cycle of capital among entrepreneurs and investors. I am positive that my career and educational objectives are in line with your faculty’s expertise and partnering with them in furthering my knowledge in finance will put me at a better advantage and help me realise my aspiration to become an expert policy maker. As a future global leader, I would like to be an inspiration to others to love their country and be the kind that their country will be proud of. I would like to instill the value of not being complacent with whatever laurels they may have but aiming to do the best – not only for their selves but for their countries, so they will be proud of the places in which they live. With your school at my side, I’ll be surely at the right track.
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    London College of Fashion (MA Strategic)
    London College of Fashion (MA Strategic) What’s obvious in a globalized world is the interconnection of things through the use of technology, specifically, the internet. This is one of the reasons why it only needs one click to spread globally current events or craze in one country or community. This goes true when it comes to fashion and in marketing fashion brands. Almost everybody is connected through their mobile phones and gadgets and through this connection that fashionable items trend worldwide, catching the eyes and interests of users the world over. One click could reach millions of people and because people are becoming more stuck in their offices and line of work for longer periods of time, online shopping becomes more of a relief to a person with a hectic schedule. Though not all websites can have a huge traffic, registering or joining social websites such as twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, where your target markets are also members, can provide wider access, exposure, and most probably, sales. Hence, fashion marketing trends are very important in forecasting and planning business strategies that will adapt to the mood and buying habits of people in a given frame of season. When I was still majoring politics at Daksung Women’s University, I learned the significance of taking a multi-dimensional approach when analyzing a political issue. Same goes true in managing fashion as it needs a multi-dimensional approach in assessing what type of clothing clicks to teens or to a working mom or a business executive or for the adults. One size does not fit all and not all popular styles look good on all body structure. Further, fashion trends are heavily affected by seasons as there are specific colors appropriate to certain holidays and seasons such as red for Valentine’s, red, green and gold for Christmas, colorful polka dots for New Year and white for weddings. Even for styles and designs, jeweled colors for holidays, earthy tones for the fall season, refreshing white for summer and colorful flowers for early spring (Singh 2016). In the next five years, I presume that the two contemporary fashion marketing trends that will impact the global fashion industry are the incorporation of high computing technology into fashion, thus, wearable computing in eyeglasses, watches, other fashion accessories and even in the clothing’s fabrics will hit the global market; and secondly, the back-to-basic fashion where people will be more conscious on using organic materials in their clothing to help save Mother Earth and minimize global warming. As much as people would like to innovate and shrink computers into their fashion styles and fashion statements, they also would like to preserve the Earth to the next generations and would cooperate in using organics in their fashions. Porges (2013) states that ‘ubiquitous computing’ where fashion and high technology will be everywhere will continue to flourish in the next years to come. This is not surprising because as early as now, some designers have already started incorporating modern technology in producing intelligent materials called smart textiles, which are used in making functional clothing (Punna 2008). These smart textiles are designed to respond to the changes in the environments such as its ability to absorb heat energy, then reverts to its original state when the weather changes; anti-stress wear, deodorizing fabrics, insect killer clothing and breathable fabrics. These technologies will provide fashion designers a choice on what material to use depending on the climate or geographical location of the country of the consumer. Statistics show that the global market for smart textiles will continue to grow – from 0.71 billion US dollars in 2012 to 1.24 billion US dollars in 2015 and projected to reach 2.03 billion US dollars in 2018; its market size got hold of around 1.2 billion US dollars in 2012 (statistica 2016). Still part of incorporating high technology in fabrics, some designers such as Julia Korner, is into using the technology of body scanning and 3D-modelling to achieve a perfect fit without refitting, which is very valuable when buying clothes online (Howart 2014). This means a customized fashion in a bunch of ready-to-wear dresses that will enhance online selling as perfect fit becomes integral. The fashion marketing trends of incorporating high technology and organic are important in keeping-up with time and to the continuing interests of people to be always fashionably ‘in’. One of the basic significances of globalization is its easy connection to others irrespective of distance and space, and this easy link to others will assist fashion marketing managers in their forecasting, planning and development of new styles and materials that will meet the wants and needs of the consumers. Knowing what the market wants and their inclinations will guide managers and manufacturers in their marketing strategies and design development. However, this ever-changing technologies can be a double-sided blade as it can also pose as a big challenge to managers and manufacturers in their marketing approach considering that new models can be developed faster, and a replacement to currently new models could come in two’s or more. Another downside would be the availability of organic materials in making clothes, as well as the implementation of sustainability measures while meeting the increasing demands of the market. As fashion products will be more accessible through online selling and marketing, the demand would be higher, thus, increasing pressure to the conservation of natural resources. The challenge would be more ecological in its bout of increasing production and sales amidst diminishing natural resources. Further, if the trend of having fast replacement models to current ones continues, garbage will accumulate especially if proper ecological disposal of refuse will not be observed. However, these growing trend for high technology and organic in fashion will impact the growth of global businesses as manufacturers will be more focused in innovating as well as finding sustainable solutions to the increasing problems with Mother Earth. The accessibility that the internet provides will play a major role in getting wider scope of marketing and sales; and could also enhance trading of related products between countries. Further, these marketing trends will create demand and encourage creativity to make a difference and achieve global success. As communication technology develops, the chances of the fashion industry to reach its pinnacle would be better as marketing would be faster and easier, encouraging more creative minds to work harder and be globally competent. References Howart D 2014, ‘Technology adds on incredible advantage to fashion design’, De Zeen magazine. Porges S 2013, ‘This what fashion will look like in 5 years’, Forbes. Punna T 2008, ‘Impact of smart technology on fashion’, [online] available at:www.iffti.com. [accessed: 10 Apr 2016]. Singh D 2016, ‘Pink is out but blue is in… understanding function and trend forecasting’, [online] available at: www.fibre2fashion.com [accessed: 10 Apr 2016]. Statista 2016, ‘Global smart, intelligent, digital and interactive fabrics…’, The Statistics Portal, [online] available at www.statista.com [accessed 12 Apr 2016] Study Proposal
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    Korea University Global MBA
    Korea University Global MBA 1. Please describe a time when you built or developed a team or a time when you felt most effective as a leader.  Everybody wants to be a leader, but not everybody has the guts and the opportunity to stand up for their views and impact the lives of others. In my case, my biggest achievement was when I became the President of the Korean Students Association in Boston College because in my own little way, I was able to prove that the function of a true leader is not to produce more followers but to develop more leaders. The position provided me a wealth of experiences that accelerated my levels of creativity, responsibility and awareness. As a school association president, I arranged and coordinated many networking events for the purpose of promoting school, as well as creating opportunities for students. The two biggest accomplishments that I did as an association president, namely, the Boston Korean Students Networking events and Korean Food Festival, showed the importance of networking, cooperation and taking-on responsibility in achieving positive outcomes. When we did Boston Korean Students Networking event, I was quite nervous on its possible outcome as it was not really easy to coordinate students from various universities in Boston. First, there was a problem of availability as everybody had his own class schedules to observe; and second, not everybody wanted to cooperate. However, I did not lose hope but rather, took that as a challenge and went on to meet with the members of our association and motivated them to participate. I challenged them with the real situation and assigned roles and responsibilities. I explained to them the importance of the event and how its success would help in instilling the value of love of country and patriotism to every Korean student studying in Boston. While I was motivating the association members to participate, I was already training them on how to coordinate events and how to make a strategic plan for an event, a valuable way of training a member into becoming a future leader someday. I provided coaching and mentoring to some confused members and assured them that they could always turn to me and to other senior members of the association for support and guidance on a personal level if ever they needed advice. Organizing the Korean Food Festival was another big achievement for me because its success was not only for us, organizers, but also for Korea as we were presenting one of Korea’s cultures. Furthermore, any mistake on our part would be judged by the local students and professors and would surely boomerang on our beloved country because we represented her. And since the Korean foods were the center of our presentations, any variance on its taste from its original taste would surely affect how the Americans perceive our Hansik. So we really made sure that the alterations that we did in the presentations would not affect the original taste of the food. We just repackaged our products to come-up with a more modern product that will appeal to the West. And all our efforts paid off when the guests that included American professors, students and the Boston College community liked our idea, resulting to a possible new marketing strategy. Furthermore, that event produced numerous connections, both for the community and the students. On my part, I think my biggest prize on that event was the strong self-confidence that I felt and the feeling that I could achieve anything as long as I put my mind and my heart into it. This reminded me of my grandfather’s textile business that went bankrupt due to the changes in the global market. The once successful textile company had to close down due to the entry of Chinese textile factories. But my investigations led me to the conclusion that my grandfather’s case was not an isolated case as many popular and profiting textile companies in the United Kingdom and the USA also closed down. However, their difference was they were able to cope with the global changes by relocating their factories to China where labor cost was a lot cheaper. This turn of events made me realize that an entrepreneur should always be on the lookout for global changes in the business environment to be able to respond to the various competitive business climates. These valuable experiences motivated me to have a global mindset. I also realized that as a true leader, I should have a compelling vision and be always prepared to solve problems. 2. Please describe your most substantial accomplishment taken from school, work, or military life.  I have always believed that providing ways to inspire others to step up and serve their country is an accomplishment. And I did this twice: first, when I co-arranged and participated in Boston Korean Students Networking events; and second, when I organized a Korean Food Festival. As the President of the Korean Students Association at Boston College, I made sure that I could develop my team into future leaders by leading by example. To start off, I ensured that all the college representatives from the major universities in Boston such as Harvard, MIT, Wellesley College, Boston College, Boston University and UMass were there and would learn about our country’s future vision, as well as be able to participate in the seminar. It was a very informative event because all the participants were informed about the direction that our country was leading. They were also encouraged to cooperate and help in achieving the country’s common goals and vision. Guest speakers from the business community also graced the event and presented current technological innovations, social networking websites and career fairs that the participants could take advantage. This event was monumental because we were able to utilize networking in inspiring the Korean international students to be the best that they could be for their country and be one in making great things happen. I was very confident that we had inspired the participants to be the next leaders of our new generation. Organizing a Korean Food Festival in the US to promote a cross-cultural exchange between Korean students and the community that included professors was not ordinarily met with excitement by the locals as they were quite hesitant in trying Korean foods. To address this problem, I tried to inject some changes by reinventing the presentation and providing twists to the usual menu to incite curiosity. I integrated some modern experiences into our customary cultural values to attract interest from the locals, including the professors and the community members. Subsequently, I re-interpreted the Korean foods with the slogan, “Hansik! The Most Dynamic Food in the World”. I intentionally included a Korean word in the slogan to provoke inquisitiveness from the Native American students and faculty members. “Hansik” refers to the traditional Korean foods consisting of rice, soup and a variety of side dishes. The Korean foods have a very wide spectrum of taste, such as sweet, spicy, sour and salty; and varying temperature – from hot to cold, such as cold noodle soup to boiling hot soup. The foods were displayed buffet style on a table based on the temperature and spice level. The spectrum of taste experience varied from sweet “Yaksik” to spicy “Dugbokki” and from the boiling hot “Hot Dogani” to freezing “Naengmyun”. The event was impressive and successful because we caught the interests of the locals through the re-packaging of our foods. That event also touched the patriotic spirit of my fellow Koreans because I saw the beaming pride on their faces as we gazed to the locals happily eating Hansik. In my case, I was able to show to my fellow Koreans the importance of a well-planned strategy in launching events. Furthermore, I felt that I was an effective leader at that time because the event connected cultures resulting to better relationships between the Americans and the Korean students. I also proved to my members in the association that a good leader knows no bounds in ensuring success in every endeavor. The events that I have mentioned were simple but still they served as good opportunities that showcased my leadership skills. The events enabled me to conquer my inner fear of hosting events and improved my self-confidence. Moreover, it taught me to be more open-minded and communicative to gain trust and new friends. Overall, I showed my members that to be an effective leader, one should be bold and innovative. 3. What is your career goal? How will your education at KUBS help you to achieve it?  My ultimate career goal is to be able to launch a business model in Korea that could be replicated and connected to anywhere in the world. Korea is now one of the leading nations in the global market of Information Technology and my family who had a textile company before is seeking for a new manufacturing possibilities where traditional textile products can be integrated with a futuristic theme such as creating a smart fabric, intelligent wearable products or other combinations that would be feasible. In this era of high technologies, the possibilities are endless and I am optimistic that I can work this out after graduating from the Global MBA. Right now, my short term goal is centered towards preparing for my ultimate career goal and I would like to start it by taking the Global MBA in your university. I am confident that your program will allow me to become more knowledgeable about the relations between the world and the Korean businesses around me. My aim is to attain this familiarity so I could gain wisdom on how to be successful in conducting an international business in the future. Moreover, studying at the KUBS will provide me the chance to test and develop new business models and determine their chances of success while measuring and analyzing finance, start-up capital and gross returns. Furthermore, KUBS offers the opportunities to learn all of the terminologies relevant to my future business, understand their applications, and discover the technology that could support a multi-cultural global corporation. Getting educated at the KUBS will surely acquaint me with the different cultures and traditions of other races because you practice sharing of diversity. I believe that knowing individual cultures, learning and becoming aware of key customs, and better understanding the actions and norms of its people, is an important ingredient towards global success. I am also excited to be eligible for your International Residence Program where I could be given the opportunity to study for two weeks at a prestigious business school abroad. This will provide me an immersion and learn firsthand how to interact with people from diverse cultures and traditions. It will also add dimension to my learnings and development, as well as provide me a great opportunity to see the differences and similarities between cultures and traditions. Moreover, studying Global MBA at KUBS will entitle me to take advantage of your partnership agreements with other business schools around the world and study at the school of my choice for an additional semester. This opportunity is very valuable in gaining new friends and acquaintances that could be my possible contact persons when I launch my business in their area. Furthermore, this opportunity will open sharing of history and building inter-cultural relationships with other races. The connections that I could make out of the partnership agreements will surely help me in establishing my global exposures. I am certain that an education at the KUBS will enable me to better understand each’s cultures and perspectives which I could apply in making business models and strategies in the future. 4. What other information do you believe would be helpful to the Admissions Committee in understanding you better and in considering your application? Today’s business world is becoming highly interconnected and people with global perspectives will surely have a strong foundation to having international career path. And this is what I have been aspiring for: I really want to study Global MBA from your university because it will amplify my potentials to becoming a global businessman who can connect East Asia and the United States of America. I am also certain that this educational path will better prepare me for an exchange program with other overseas universities such as Fudan University in Shanghai and the National University of Singapore in Singapore. I believe that one of the secrets of success is preparation and your program in Global MBA will certainly prepare me for a global business career. The story of my grandfather’s textile company, including its rise and fall, really made an impact on me and in my desire to study Global MBA. At first, I really cannot make a connection on why the company had to close down despite its being popular and dominant during its heyday. However, my travels and observations led me to believe that had my grandfather had a global education, he would have survived the global competition because he would know how to prepare for the global changes just like what his contemporaries in the UK and the USA did. The once profitable textile companies in the UK and USA relocated their operations to Korea and Japan decades ago, and currently, believed to be the ones proliferating in China and other countries with cheap labor. The closing down of our family business was a big challenge to our family so I vowed to resurrect it and integrate modern, scientific strategies to make it more appealing. Change is inevitable and the recent stream of changes in the industry requires continuous education and product development. This impression led me to study economics and management and realized that in order to cope with the industrial trends, an entrepreneur should have both empirical and academic knowledge. This will surely improve my critical thinking skills and my ability to innovate. According to Julie Sweet, a successful CEO, “innovation is the new competitive advantage”. I know that by coming-up with new innovative textile products will open doors for me and provide me an opportunity to be the first in the market. And I can only achieve this if I have a global perspective on how to be competitive amidst cultures. I am confident that your program in Global MBA is in line with my academic and career objectives and becoming an alumna of KUBS will put me at a better advantage in my desire to have a multi-cultural global business. I sincerely believe that your program will offer me the opportunity to see how the world functions and how modern people want to be served. In this era of possibilities, having the right connections to the right people and places would mean success. And I want to start reaping my laurels in Korea University Global MBA.
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    John Hopkins – Business Administration
    John Hopkins – Business Administration Compulsory Essay: Please respond to the following question: Business leaders have the ability to create opportunities, build products and systems, and inspire others to action. Please describe a time you created an opportunity, built a new product or system, or inspired others to act. The example you provide and elaborate upon may come from your professional endeavors, academic pursuits or civic engagements. (500 word maximum) Quoting the words of Mario Testino, “My favorite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities.” In my case, I satisfied my curiosities about entrepreneurship by creating an entrepreneur club to have a grasp of how entrepreneurs work and make decisions. It was also my intention to provide opportunities and possibilities to other fellow students who were equally interested in becoming entrepreneurs but did not have the means to fulfill it due to financial and time constraints. My ultimate goal is to run my own business organization in the future and the exposure that the club has provided me in terms of communicating, critically analyzing business situations and analyzing the actions of successful companies as well as those who failed, made me see the real scenarios in real business environments. Further, through that organization that I was able to provide opportunities to my co-members to meet new people, gain friends, and discuss innovative business ideas. Those interactions made me see the importance of diversity of thoughts and ideas in facing new challenges in global business. The entrepreneur club also paved the way to the development of a sort of a ‘tutorial’ system where student members were given the opportunity to meet entrepreneur guest speakers and ask them questions regarding their business challenges and strategies. In a way, the club served as a conduit where student members can access to community entrepreneurs and further their understanding about the companies’ secrets to success. My initiative to create the entrepreneur club did not only serve my purpose of satisfying my curiosities but also provided other business-minded students like me the opportunity to explore various paths towards entrepreneurship. As the club President, I always made it a point to inspire everybody to move and act on their dreams; be it to become a future CEO of a multinational company, a chairperson of a non-profit organization or simply open a start-up business. As John Quincy Adams puts it, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” I believe that my role as the club President has improved my leadership skills and helped my members to do the same. I also realized that the best way to lead is by instilling open communications between members so as to keep the relationships harmonious. Living in harmony with your members provides a greater sense of happiness and peace, resulting to achieving greater things. My stint at the entrepreneur club has taught me the importance of market conditions vis-a-vis economy and business opportunities. Over and above, I learned that being well-prepared and knowledgeable about your new venture will prevent you from being in a situation that is unfamiliar and save you a lot of money and mistakes. And I have imparted all these learnings to my members because I know that an outstanding leader always inspires others to act positively. Second essay: Please identify a tough problem that you are committed to addressing as a future business leader. What role will you play in the solution? What skills and abilities do you have (or might you need to acquire) to tackle this task? (250 words maximum) I believe that experience is the best teacher but we cannot just create experience; and that is the dilemma that new graduates face when applying for jobs and they are asked about job experiences but they have none because they just graduated from school. As a future business leader, I want to create a solution for this by creating clubs or associations that provide new graduates a sort of internship to the field that they want to build their careers on. As we must undergo experience to gain it, a new business management graduate, for instance, should join an entrepreneur’s club to experience the nitty-gritty of putting up a business – from doing the business plan, getting permits and licenses to operate, estimating the initial capital, applying for small business funding, hiring people, product testing, and outsmarting competitors. Quoting the words of Immanuel Kant, “Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.” I believe that joining career clubs will provide new graduates better understanding of the careers that they want to pursue and the direct industry knowledge that will well-prepared them in their new ventures as professionals. I am positive that my knowledge in IT will be an advantage in achieving my objectives. Times have changed and so with the business trends; however, what remains the same are the qualities that global business leaders should have. Sharp-eyed, innovative, persistent, good communicator, competitive, fair and can turn visions into reality. And I share these qualities.
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    Interview Questions and Answers
    Name Instructor Course Date Interview Questions and Answers 1. Briefly tell me about yourself I am currently a student at the College of North Atlantic-Qatar, pursuing a Diploma of Management in Human Resources where I am expecting to graduate in June 2020. I have a five-year’ experience working in the field of human resource management. Starting with Commercial Bank-Qatar, where I served as the National Development Programs Assistant and with Boom Construction Company, where I was managing the files of all employees as well as performing the task of proofreading financial statements of the company. I am computer literate, and adept at various HR applications and software, such as Zoho Recruit, and Calamari among others that are relevant in the field of human resource management. I am a result-driven and disciplined person with excellent skills and experience in planning and organization. I am a professional gamer, playing online games that have given me the advantage in my career. Being in a team play has taught me how to work better with others; how to recognize their strengths; and how to be humble in victory and to accept in failure. I prefer hiking during my leisure time, as it is beneficial to both the mind and the body. Hiking also provides an opportunity to interact with my colleagues and friends, thus strengthening our relationship.
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    Hunter College – Nursing
    Hunter College – Nursing I have always regarded nurses as doting mothers who are always willing and able to provide patients with what they need to help them feel better. I personally experienced this to be true when I was hospitalized two years ago and had to stay in the hospital for three days. The feeling of being sick and confined to the bed the whole day was really stressful but every time a smiling nurse showed up in my room asking if everything was okay, how I was feeling or do I needed something, the pain and boredom would just lessen. Doctors may be treating diseases but it’s always the nurses who are constantly in contact with the patient, providing care, answering questions and providing information on how to prevent the recurrence of the disease. Nurses seem like the ‘persons-in-charge’ who ensure that patients get everything needed to recover and be back to their normal healthy, happy condition. Years later and I learned that nurses are not doctor’s assistants but independent medical practitioners whose role varies from being a care provider, a decision-maker, a manager of care, a teacher, a communicator and a patient advocate. I was amazed by the degree of importance they are to patient care and it immensely increased my interest to pursue Nursing. I know that this profession is very demanding and requires genuine commitment to care for the patient; yet, I still want to pursue this career because it does not only provide opportunities to improve and save lives but the profession itself promises great opportunities for personal progress. It is like doing humanitarian tasks while earning trusts and respect from people of all levels and at the same time, paid well. However, I know that not everybody who wishes to become a nurse will be granted as there are qualifications to becoming a nurse. The profession requires that a future nurse must be flexible, hardworking, emotionally stable, good communicator, empathic and physically healthy to endure all the physical rigidness of the job. In preparation, I always make sure that I am physically and emotionally active. I try to be as independent as I could to learn more about life and how to be flexible and resilient in tough times. This is one of the reasons why I went to the US alone right after graduation from high school in Korea. I wanted to be independent and be in-charge of my life. It was quite tough but I learned so much from the experience and felt that I became more responsible in everything I do. Living alone in a foreign land with a very different language and culture from mine is really challenging but I took it as a rigorous training to better prepare me emotionally in handling more stressful situations in hospital environments. That situation also improved my leadership skills because I learned to work with others, improved my networking skills and learned to strategize to get my goals. I am aware that the nursing profession entails emotional stability to weather all the depressing scenarios inside the emergency rooms and wards but I always make it a point that my empathetic spirit will not to be overruled by detachment in an effort to handle depressing moments. However, my experiences in life have further motivated me to be a leader one day and I am very hopeful that your program in Nursing will provide me the critical thinking skills needed to better understand life and its predicaments. In addition, my short-term goals include volunteering at Rikers Island (NYC Department of Correction Facility) or at the New York State Prison after graduation and to join the US Army as soon as I acquire my RN license. I believe that all people have equal rights to be respected and cared and I would want to serve my country by working at these institutions. With regards to my long-term goal, I hope to become a nurse in the surgery room and be an instrument in saving lives. Furthermore, I believe that Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing is the best school to achieve my aspirations because of its respect for its students’ unique diversity and promotion of excellence and innovation among its student population. The school is also very competitive and delivers at national board examinations. Furthermore, the school’s initiative to develop nurse researchers is exemplary and would provide students great opportunities to work with the experts in conducting studies. If given a chance, I would be much honored to be chosen as one of your research assistants in the future. I am positive that your program in Nursing will unravel the potentials in me and help me in honing my abilities and leadership skills to the greater advantage of the many.
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    Goldsmiths, University of London, Course name: FT MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
    Goldsmiths, University of London, Course name: FT MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship Section 1 - Intellectual rationale for choosing your programme: I have always wanted to become a famous person capable of bringing joy and impact on people’s lives so my parents gave me all the opportunities to pursue my interests in music, arts and sports. As I was growing up, my mum would occasionally jest that I should be following her footsteps as I got her talent in designing and creating beautiful Hanbok, a Korean traditional dress. But knowing the number of hours and labor she puts into each Hanbok, I ignored her silent wish and went on exploring other things. I tried every opportunity that crossed my way – became a fashion and wedding model, a beauty pageant runner-up, reporter, and finally, worked at an investment management company. I enjoyed those phases in my life, but at the end of the day, I was still feeling some emptiness inside. When I was working at the investment management company, I thought that was already the career that I wanted to pursue, but after 6 years of working, I became tired of the routine and was looking for a change; something that will really fill the gap inside me. Though I love the business side of my work, I was still looking for something else, one that I could say, “This is it! I love what I am doing!” And this finally came when my mum died and I saw her beautiful creations. It dawned on me how she believed in my inherent creative talent and her wish of seeing me continuing her legacy. Every piece of the puzzle went into place and I realised that what I was looking for all my life was the same as what my mum had wanted me to become: a creator of beautiful dresses. I also realised that my various exposures to different fields provided me a bird’s-eye-view of the business sector and gave me insights on what the global market needs and what to consider when launching a product. Now, I am determined to follow the footsteps of my late mum; but I will be mixing designs from the Korean culture with ideas I got from living in the Western culture to come-up with a unique, trendy and fashionable products. Section 2 – Previous academic background in relation to your programme choice: I majored English Literature at Uiduk University to improve my skill in speaking English, as this was vital in the flight attendant position that I was eyeing then, as well as in my ambition to have a global business someday. Currently, I am studying a Pre-Master’s course in Business, Law & Social Science at Kaplan International College to better equip myself with the critical thinking skills needed in running my own business. I am confident that the knowledge I have gained from my academic background will be a major factor in widening my scope of expertise. I am positive that the learnings I have now will be better honed if I am given the chance to collaborate with your experts in the faculty and take advantage of the endless possibilities that creativity and innovation offer. Section 3 - Other experience that contributes to your programme choice: In line with my aspiration of becoming a famous personality someday, I associated myself to educational activities that enhance personality development and social skills. Thus, I tried my luck in modelling and became a fashion and wedding model during my second year in college; not only for the love of wearing beautiful dresses but more on developing my social skills and building my self-confidence in performing in front of a huge audience. Then the following year, I had the chance to join the “Miss University” beauty pageant and went home 4th place. Unknowingly, I was already getting exposed to the world of fashion, dresses and having a glimpse of the global business. Later in life, I also aspired to become a news presenter at the Korean Broadcasting Company since I had eight-month training and worked for 2 years as a reporter. Another twist of fate led me to working at an investment management company, giving me the opportunity to directly learn business strategies from the experts and exposing me to the ins and outs of investment management. Though I love the business part of my job, I was quite suffocated with the routine and felt that I needed something more challenging to keep me more motivated. And reflecting from what my late mum had been insinuating, I came to realise that my penchant for fashion and accessories can be best put to use if I venture into making trendy, fashionable clothing that will showcase the Korean culture (from my mum’s Hanbok designs) and the ideas I got from living in the western culture. I am confident that your program in MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship will help me in making my creative designs into a reality. Section 4 - What are your long term academic goals and how will this programme help you achieve these? My long term academic goals include learning the intricacies of doing global business using creativity and innovation. I hope to learn business entrepreneurial skills that will help me push my brand into the global market. I would like to explore the art of making clothes using furs and other organic materials and I am looking forward to doing collaboration with your experts in the faculty. Furthermore, I would also like to explore the keys to getting into the fashion magazine industry because the print media is a very valuable tool in reaching target markets, attracting new clients, as well as getting bigger advertising exposure. I am confident that the programme can provide me these insights, including the knowledge in launching new products in the market and the proper business skills appropriate in commercialising my ideas in this era of globalisation. Section 5 - Any other information you feel to be relevant: My mum had a good reputation in the Hanbok making industry and I want to continue her legacy of making high-quality dresses, although I will be injecting my own mark to meet the growing needs of the global market. I am a well-driven person and my exposures to the fields of fashion, business, broadcasting and modelling have established my foundation in embarking into clothing designing and tailoring. I know it will not be easy to start-up but I am confident that your programme will equip me with the essential skills in entrepreneurship and innovation. Further, my direct experiences in the field of fashion, investment, media and modelling have armed me with experiential learnings that I can best apply in my own business enterprise. I am positive that with your guidance, I can make a difference.
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    Georgia Institute of Technology – Computer Science
    Georgia Institute of Technology – Computer Science Optional Resume (Contribution to Community) Contribution to community information is optional, not required. The information should be no more than one page in resume format. Do not include work experience. Be sure to include internship/co-op and research experience. We are looking for activities where you have made a significant impact and/or transformative change. Important contributions include but are not limited to awards, recognition, internships, research, student club/organizations, and significant family responsibilities. Take the time to provide a concise description of your level of involvement and time commitment per week. 1. Gifted Education class – Incheon Seobu Office of Education (03-14-2008 to 11-20-2010) Volunteered 100 hours per year for a total of 300 hours over three years. I had the opportunity to participate in the Gifted Education class in South Korea that provided a special avenue to nurture innate personal talents and skills alongside the opportunity to share with nearby communities my native culture, novel engineering innovations through exhibitions. I also shared my experience with foreign communities such as Chinese schools where I demonstrated my team’s exhibition entry by employing technology in changing colors of chemical solutions to the rhythm of music by applying a clock reaction. Not only did this idea earn an award and entertain the audience, but it was also imitated for the creation of valuable projects for homes and communities. I also seized the opportunity in a volunteer camp to exercise compassion to the less-privileged people in the community. 2. Gifted Education class – Incheon Metropolitan City Office of Education (04-06-2011 to 12-07-2012) - Invested 90 hours per year, totaling 180 hours. This is a gifted educational institution in another organization but basically with the same function as I have mentioned above. This time, I formed a student science project team where we developed a product that calculates the concentration of salt water by using a prism and shared this product to other people in the class. I believe I made a big contribution to other students in the class by sharing our secrets to achieving success, which is valuable in their growth in learning. I am also positive that I have motivated them to maximize their potential and be bolder in exploring knowledge. Please provide an explanation for the interruption. For example: gap between high school and college, break in college, not currently enrolled, etc (maximum 100 words) My family’s untimely relocation to the United States primarily necessitated an academic break. The semester had already begun upon my arrival in America in 2014, so a nearby community college had to reject my registration. I finally signed up for Computer Science in the Fall of 2014, but the arrival of my mother and sister led to economic difficulties. Even so, I overcame this challenge by increasing work and saving money for my living and college expenses. Consequently, I learned to be completely independent and adaptable. The gap also made me tactical in addressing challenges and in identifying my priorities. If needed, please provide information about any part of your application and/or academic record that requires further explanation. Students use this space to explain change of schools or non-traditional course selection or other unusual personal/academic situations.(maximum 100 words) When I entered college in the US, my English score was not really good so I had to take simultaneously development classes related to English to be allowed to take college-level classes that I wanted. This somehow affected my grade in College Physics where I got B, but eventually, I focused in all my classes resulting to positive results. However, I failed my “pass/fail” class in English Writing during the third semester because I was not yet prepared for that level of English. But that unfortunate event made me strives harder, resulting to getting “P” and “A” to succeeding courses. Describe your passion for your intended major and why Georgia Tech is the best fit for you. (maximum 250 words) Recognizing the perks and the comfort that computer programs provide me in my daily living, I aspire to establish expertise in this field and follow in the path of my father and his friends who are all reaping successes as programmers. Enthralled by computers at an early age and during high school, I used Arduino to develop a controller that automatically controlled each light bulb in our house at given times. Since my father wrote programs by that time, I would always consult him about the things I would create, such as a web server that controlled the curtain and the coffee port. Through much trial and error, I would always learn from every mistake, and simultaneously, my active interest in programming would ignite. Eventually, I became a Technical Service Assistant for my father’s friend, an opportunity that confirmed my pursuit and decision to major in Computer Science to achieve my aspirations. Georgia Tech is the best fit for me because I am tech-savvy and my passion for innovation and technology will be further enhanced by Tech’s expertise. Additionally, my father’s programmer friends proudly state that Georgia Tech remains one of their best life decisions. I am positive that Georgia Tech’s program in Computer Science will maximize my potential to reach new heights and better hone my skills and creativity in finding solutions that will enhance progress. In this age of technology, becoming your alumna will surely open doors for me for greater opportunities.
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    George Washington University: International Business
    George Washington University: International Business Essay Prompt 1: At George Washington University, our students frequently interact with policymakers and world leaders. These experiences and those of our alumni can shape the future of global affairs. If you had the power to change the course of history in your community or the world, what would you do and why? When BBC confirmed the process towards the Korea reunification through their breaking news in 2018, I was among those who overjoyed. And who would not? Anderson Cooper confirmed that South and North Korea were going to sign a reunification agreement that day, an indication that all the years of tension and conflict between the two Koreas would be finally put behind. Finally, the Korean Peninsula would soon be a hub of peace. As a Korean, my desire to the reunification and the promotion of peace throughout the world has led me to dream to become the South Korean Secretary of Foreign Affairs someday so I can smooth out all the problems and hindrances towards the realization of the unification. However, not everyone was in favor of the reunification; and mostly, the younger South Koreans disagree with the idea as they were afraid of the consequences such as the cost that the South Koreans would have to shoulder and the political arrangement that the two leaders would have to arrange. But if I had the power to change the course of history, I would accelerate all the process while all the current political leaders involved in the reunification, namely, President Trump and the two leaders of South and North Koreas are talking and determined to realize the unification. I will use the media and the citizens of the two Koreas in expediting the process and in telling the whole world that they are brothers and should remain as one.
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    FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY - MASTER OF ACCOUNTING PROGRAM
    FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY MASTER OF ACCOUNTING PROGRAM 2) Describe your medium-range and long-range goals and indicate how the Master of Accounting Degree will help you achieve these goals. Knowing the importance of Accounting as a language of business that helps the executives to understand the financial health of their companies, I have decided to pursue further education in this field. My medium range goals are getting a master degree and become a Certified Public Accountant. Though I am aware that achieving these goals require an advanced training in Accounting and related subjects, I am fully confident that your prestigious university can help me realize these goals. The ever-changing realities of the business environment make it more essential for professionals like me to upgrade professional abilities and expertise. As Julian Robertson once said, “Accounting was the course that helped me more than anything”. Similarly, I also want Accounting to be my means in broadening my international perspectives especially that I am intent to work at international organizations, not just to make benefits but to use my professional skills to help people. Having a Master’s degree from Florida State University in my credentials will surely open more career opportunities because it means I am equipped with the critical-thinking skills that are needed to excel. Further, it is a guarantee that I have undergone high-quality and stringent training in accounting functions in the workplace, making me capable in undertaking sound business decisions. Statistics show that more firms prefer hiring workers with master’s degree in Accounting rather than with only a bachelor’s degree, so earning the degree will put me in a better advantage. Given the opportunities to take Master’s degree in Accounting in your prestigious university will surely help me make a difference. 3) Describe your most significant accomplishment to date. To date, my most significant accomplishment is graduating from Bachelor of Business Administration: Accounting in Georgia Southwestern State University with high distinction. My G.P.A. was 3.90 and I was given an award as the highest G.P.A. in School of Business Administration in Spring 2012. These are significant accomplishments for me considering that I was a foreign student and studying away from home and loved ones was challenging. Further, I was the first undergraduate teaching assistant in Georgia Southwestern State University supporting three professors and managing eight courses. This task gave me the opportunity to assist in-class and online students in their lower and upper-level accounting courses. Graduating from college in a foreign land is such an achievement for me because the transition from high school (in Korea) to college (USA) was very difficult and loaded with challenges. Being alone means no one to feed you, no one to make the laundry for you, no one to set your schedule and no one to make sure that you study your lesson or do the homework. Yet I survived those years with flying colors. As a Korean, graduating in college from a prestigious university in the USA is held remarkably high because we believe that this is an important step in achieving a successful future. We had been brought up and encouraged by our parents to study not just for the sake of studying but to acquire learning that will be contributory to our successful future. Thus, we grew-up attending after-school programs or having private tutors to ensure an acceptance at a prestigious university, especially in the USA. . 4) Briefly describe any relevant work experience. As soon as I finished my Bachelor degree, I got the opportunity to work at S. H. Lee Tax and Financial, LLC, an accounting firm, as a staff accountant. Working in this company has helped me learn more about Accounting as my responsibilities were quite broad. As a Staff Accountant, I prepared corporate, individual, sales, payroll, personal property, and other tax related returns. I also maintained and balanced financial transactions by inputting account information and reconciling accounts. I prepared internal and external financial statements. Further, I did research and analyzed existing and updated tax related policies and regulations. As a Staff Accountant, I was exposed and used many kinds of software related to Accounting. My managerial skill was also put into practice when I was given the opportunity to manage about 100 small and big firms, including Hyundai. Furthermore, I was also tasked to prepare payroll, sales, property, alcohol, food and routinely master laws related to tax. I enjoyed doing research and analyzing existing and updated tax related policies and regulations because these keep me updated and enhance my quantitative, research and analytical skills which are very important in my desire to make sound business decisions in the future if given the opportunity.
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    Fashion Institute of Technology – Art History and Museum Professions
    Fashion Institute of Technology – Art History and Museum Professions What makes you a perfect candidate for FIT? Why are you interested in the major you are applying to? The essay is also your chance to tell us more about your experiences, activities, and accomplishments. (No more than 750 words, please.) If you are a transfer student, you will be prompted to submit information about your in-progress courses, including course name and numbering and the name of the school you are currently attending. I have always believed that passion unleashes a person’s creativity and when this happens, success is within reach. My interest in art history stemmed from the cleverness of my history teacher in the elementary who creatively taught Korean history using funny stories rather than following the conventional way of narrating the events chronologically. This has caught my interest and drove me to reading more books and visiting museums and art museums, without me knowing that I was already developing my passion to arts. The work of art of Shin Yun-bok, Miindo (18C), which I saw at the Kansong Museum was a revelation of many things, such as the artist’s ingenuity as he was able to produce fantastic colors even in a period where colors were still being explored, done at a time when genre painting was becoming popular, and a manifestation of the museum curator’s great skills in keeping the artwork in good condition despite the years. I also admired how Kansong took the initiative and the risk to prevent the removal of Korean cultural properties by the Japanese during the Japanese occupation era. These observations further lured me to arts and decided to intern at Seoul Historical Museum and did curator works during my second year of high school. And these exposures finally sealed my decision on what to major and what career to pursue. To prepare for the Art History and Museum Professions major, I went to New York and explored various arts and aesthetics such as those found in musical, movies, fashion and auction. It was overwhelming to be in New York and actually see and feel the works of arts that I only see between the pages of the books, museums and art museums. This further bolstered my enthusiasm to apply to the Fashion Institute of Technology to keep abreast of the developments in the world of arts and fashion. I want to learn more of what I love and passionate about. I am ecstatic just at the thought that I will be seeing and learning more about arts once I am accepted and set foot at FIT’s museum. I am such an inquisitive person and my inquisitiveness is not confined to just learning about a work of art but goes all the way to putting to practical use my learnings. I also want to explore the possibilities of putting up a business related to art or open exhibitions that compare the eastern and western art works from the same era. I am a perfect candidate for FIT because my fascination for the work of arts motivates me to also want to collaborate with your experts in bringing arts closer to the people. At the BMCC, I took Art 102 (Survey of Art History 1) and Art 104 (Survey of Art History 2) and these courses helped me in understanding the history of arts from the ancient to modern times. However, I felt like I was yearning for more. The two courses covered the arts history in general and I was hoping to learn more of it based on the arts produced per generation and per classification of art. I also took Art 174 (Painting Studio 1) and the course gave me a peek of the perspectives of the artists. I am looking forward to getting accepted at FIT so I can take classes in Art in New York, Modern Art and History and Meaning of Museum and learn more about art history and correlate it with the experiences I would be gaining being in New York, a city that never sleeps because of its vast areas of art events and cultural shows. I have been aspiring to become a Museum Curator and an Art professor and I am positive that these aspirations will finally meet its realization through FIT. My passion in art is not limited to just learning the different art histories in all ages but also to spread its development and success to the new generations so they can better appreciate how these beautiful creations came to being. I am positive that I can best utilize my skills in a learning environment whose experts and students share the same passion as mine. With your utmost commitment to creativity and diversity, I am certain that I can achieve my visions.
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    Duke University Master of Management: Foundation of Business
    Duke University Master of Management: Foundation of Business Short answer questions (250 characters each) Why are you pursuing the MMS degree at this stage in your professional development?  I am pursuing the MMS degree because I want to further my knowledge in decision analysis, business strategies, management and critical thinking skills. Having these skills will provide me edge over others vying for international managerial positions. What are your immediate career goals after completing the MMS program?  I would like to work in a multinational company in the US right after the MMS program. I want to practice all my learnings and be an active participant of a high performing team that delivers and work my way to become a new-generation leader. Life is full of uncertainties, and plans and circumstances can change. As a result, navigating a career requires you to be adaptable. Should the immediate goals that you provided above not materialize, what alternative directions have you considered?  I will focus on exploring Brand Journalism as this is the current major trend in the marketing communications industry. I will take advantage of the crisis on SNS due to overloading and push the concept of Brand Journalism in connecting with clients. Long answer questions:
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    Duke University - Clinical Psychology
    Duke University – Clinical Psychology Statement of Purpose My childhood in Japan, my middle and high school years in Korea, and college years in the United States have instilled in me a deep appreciation of the value of cross-cultural experiences. The difficulties that I experienced in my childhood and adolescence have given me a better understanding of other peoples’ predicaments and have enabled me to develop a deep curiosity about, and a keen eye with which to observe and make sense of other people’s unique backgrounds, particularly the experiences of children of bi-cultural marriages. Although not everybody that I knew who was a product of mixed marriage experienced family problems, the majority of them seem to experience some tensions in their family life as a result of their parents’ differing traditions and cultural norms. I began thinking about why some children who grew up in conflict-ridden bicultural families went on to live happy lives while others remain trapped by the after-effects of trauma. What can explain the different outcomes? This is one of the reasons why I chose to complete a B. A. in Psychology in college. I wanted to investigate the mechanisms behind the effects of a mixed-culture environment on a child’s development. I wanted to discover why some children are able to make positive use of their bicultural and biracial experience and identity in ascending to success and why others are deeply and negatively affected by the difficulties that often are features of bi-cultural marriages. Through this specific investigation, I hoped to gain a deeper understanding of how family structures affect the lives of all children, either positively or negatively. My research experience in Professor Keysar’s cognitive psychology lab showed me how one aspect of culture—language—can affect the cognitive processes of individuals at an individual level. As a research assistant, I was able to examine how language and accents affect the judgment and decision-making of individuals. This research experience taught me the skills necessary to conduct a study—from the planning process to the execution—and to gain a better understanding of how language, an important aspect of culture, is quantitatively studied in the social science field. Similarly, my research involvement in Professor Choi’s five-year longitudinal project, the Midwest Longitudinal Study of Asian American Families, has given me the opportunity to study how cultural differences in family processes, such as parenting style, affect childhood development. This study, which is funded by the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, examines the family processes of Asian American families living in the United States and the developmental outcomes of their children. Though this study is still at the pretesting stage, the experience of working on this project has given me valuable insight into measurement compiling, cognitive interviewing, data collection training, data import and export using SPSS, and recruitment outreach. I gained valuable social skills in collaborating with potential subjects in a manner that is both culturally sensitive and professional. Overall, my experience on this project has given me the research skills and knowledge necessary to study the effects of culture on development, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Aside from these valuable research experiences, I have also had the opportunity of studying how culture and society affect the field of mental health at a social level, namely with regard to versatility in mental health practitioners. While translating and organizing data for Professor Orlinsky’s international research project, which examines data from mental health practitioners across countries, I learned how practitioners differ throughout the world and got a sense of how this influences their clients, their stress levels, and the clinical approaches used. Depending on the country, mental health providers range from clinical and counseling psychologists to social workers to priests. My own clinical experience in Korea is a great example of this variety; unlike mental health practitioners in the United States who hold at least a master’s degree, practitioners in Korea do not need such a high educational level as long as they complete therapist training sessions. This explains the variety of professional backgrounds of the trainees at the Psychomotorik therapist training program, such as kindergarten teachers and human resources educators. In fact, as a first-year undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, taking a short leave of absence, I was able to get a license as a Psychomotorik therapist upon completing a 200-hour program at the Korea Institute of Psychomotorik and Motology in Korea. In addition, I was qualified to assist counselors at a children’s mental health care center where I worked with clients of varied backgrounds and helped design therapeutic activities for ADHD students at a local elementary school. My experience with the variety of qualifications and standards for mental health practitioners across cultures stoked my curiosity about the consequent variety in treatment approaches and clinical outcomes. I was able to explore my interest in this issue through my research work in Professor Yasui’s projects at the University of Chicago. Here, I was able to observe how culturally adapted therapies and intervention programs tailored for specific ethnic groups can bring different clinical outcomes. Specifically, I have had the privilege of working on literature reviews for articles, reading research in depth, and examining clinical interventions for minority youth with depression and anxiety for a meta-analysis project. I have observed many cases where culturally adapted therapies were more effective for children with low acculturation levels. My personal, academic, and clinical experiences continue to drive my interest in a scientific, culturally sensitive approach to mental health. I would like to examine the development of mental illness and behavioral outcomes among children from different social and ethnic groups. Moreover, I would like to design interventions and adapt prevention programs tailored to minority population. I am interested not only in the content of cultural adaptation (e.g. beliefs, values, and goals), but adaptation in the treatment process. Additionally, I would like to apply successful intervention and prevention programs in schools, hospitals, and service centers to help minority youth. Above all, I want my work to clarify the less-understood psychological and social phenomena that affect minority groups for researchers, service centers, and minority communities in order to increase our understanding of these different cultural milieus and to promote healthier communities. The graduate program in Clinical Psychology at Duke University will surely meet my career and educational objectives especially that the expertise of one of your credible faculty members, Redford B. Williams, matches the research areas that I want to study further.
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    Cornell University - Economics (Industrial Labor Relation School of Cornell)
    Tell us about your intellectual interests, how they sprung from your course, service, work or life experiences, and what makes them exciting to you. Describe how ILR is the right school for you to pursue these interests. Ever since I was young, I was curious about inequality. My neighborhood was one of the poorest districts in Tokyo. Growing up in that region, I often saw homeless people along the river bank, in parks and at subway stations. Their despondent countenances lingered in my head, and I wondered why society was so unfair. After I experienced an earthquake in 2011, I became interested in social sciences, especially economics, as professions. My passions for them were confirmed after I came to the US. When I was about to exit the grocery store, an old African American man opened the door for me. I appreciated his kindness at first; however as he opened the door, he asked me for change. There was an awkward silence for a few seconds as I did not know how to react. Yet, over the years I have lived in the US, I have observed that this is not a rare occurrence. Similarly, when I traveled to New York City, I saw a lot of beggars everywhere. I was taken aback by the degree of economic inequality in the US. The ubiquity of homeless in the world’s largest economy, and the fact that the most of the homeless were colored, shocked me. I hypothesized that the country’s economic growth was due to leaving the unprivileged behind. My previous experiences have shaped my ultimate objective: to fight for inequalities by discovering economic policies that would provide an opportunity to minorities to achieve their goals. I believe that effective fiscal policies, such as government’s increase in educational spending, can provide chances to the minorities to gain academic experience to discover their passions. I was also thrilled by the fact that giving chances to overlooked minorities may lead to unimaginable potentials and develop the world overall. Since my passion has been shaped, my role model has been Alan Krueger, a former US assistant secretary of the treasury for economic policy. Gruger, a graduate of Industrial Labor Relation School of Cornell, has made a lot of accomplishments in his researches about economic inequality. His researches include the effects of minimum wage on employment and that of education on wage. Like Kreuger, I hope to find ways to economically empower the minorities by determining minorities’ difficulties at workplaces and pursuing public policies that would alleviate their issues at the IRL School. In high school, I found myself enjoying to study about Economics and Statistics. My strengths can be harnessed in IRL’s curriculum because economics plays a significant role in workplace, and skills in data analytics will hone my decision-making. In addition, professors and faculties who have actually created an impact in society teach at IRL School. Professor Gary Field’s research has helped the poor by working through his influence on World Bank lending program. It was my dream to interact and be taught by such faculty. With a lot of faculties at IRL having global experiences and its students from all over the world, I will surely gain knowledge about labor relations in other countries and develop multiple perspectives. The availability of source to help my dream realize is not limited to academic courses. Outside of the classroom, the student organizations are there to further my perspectives and knowledge. For instance, I would like to join Minority ILR Student Organization to learn the experiences of people of color in the workplace. Hearing directly from the people of color at workplace would be the most accurate and practical way to determine the difficulties of the minorities at employment and job-seeking. Thus, I can immerse myself into discovering the solutions that would not only empower the minorities but also lead to the development of human beings. IRL will undoubtedly establish the foundation for my future dream by allowing me to study and investigate the relationships between minorities and employment. Tell us about your intellectual interests, how they sprung from your course, service, work or life experiences, and what makes them exciting to you. Describe how ILR is the right school for you to pursue these interests. Ever since I was young, I was curious about inequality. My neighborhood was one of the poorest districts in Tokyo. Growing up in that region, I often saw homeless people along the river bank, in parks and at subway stations. Their despondent countenances lingered in my head, and I wondered why society was so unfair. After I experienced an earthquake in 2011, I became interested in social sciences, especially economics, as professions. My passions for them were confirmed after I came to the US. When I was about to exit the grocery store, an old African American man opened the door for me. I appreciated his kindness at first; however as he opened the door, he asked me for change. There was an awkward silence for a few seconds as I did not know how to react. Yet, over the years I have lived in the US, I have observed that this is not a rare occurrence. Similarly, when I traveled to New York City, I saw a lot of beggars everywhere. I was taken aback by the degree of economic inequality in the US. The ubiquity of homeless in the world’s largest economy, and the fact that the most of the homeless were colored, shocked me. I hypothesized that the country’s economic growth was due to leaving the unprivileged behind. My previous experiences have shaped my ultimate objective: to fight for inequalities by discovering economic policies that would provide an opportunity to minorities to achieve their goals. I believe that effective fiscal policies, such as government’s increase in educational spending, can provide chances to the minorities to gain academic experience to discover their passions. I was also thrilled by the fact that giving chances to overlooked minorities may lead to unimaginable potentials and develop the world overall. Since my passion has been shaped, my role model has been Alan Krueger, a former US assistant secretary of the treasury for economic policy. Gruger, a graduate of Industrial Labor Relation School of Cornell, has made a lot of accomplishments in his researches about economic inequality. His researches include the effects of minimum wage on employment and that of education on wage. Like Kreuger, I hope to find ways to economically empower the minorities by determining minorities’ difficulties at workplaces and pursuing public policies that would alleviate their issues at the IRL School. In high school, I found myself enjoying to study about Economics and Statistics. My strengths can be harnessed in IRL’s curriculum because economics plays a significant role in workplace, and skills in data analytics will hone my decision-making. In addition, professors and faculties who have actually created an impact in society teach at IRL School. Professor Gary Field’s research has helped the poor by working through his influence on World Bank lending program. It was my dream to interact and be taught by such faculty. With a lot of faculties at IRL having global experiences and its students from all over the world, I will surely gain knowledge about labor relations in other countries and develop multiple perspectives. The availability of source to help my dream realize is not limited to academic courses. Outside of the classroom, the student organizations are there to further my perspectives and knowledge. For instance, I would like to join Minority ILR Student Organization to learn the experiences of people of color in the workplace. Hearing directly from the people of color at workplace would be the most accurate and practical way to determine the difficulties of the minorities at employment and job-seeking. Thus, I can immerse myself into discovering the solutions that would not only empower the minorities but also lead to the development of human beings. IRL will undoubtedly establish the foundation for my future dream by allowing me to study and investigate the relationships between minorities and employment. Tell us about your intellectual interests, how they sprung from your course, service, work or life experiences, and what makes them exciting to you. Describe how ILR is the right school for you to pursue these interests. Ever since I was young, I was curious about inequality. My neighborhood was one of the poorest districts in Tokyo. Growing up in that region, I often saw homeless people along the river bank, in parks and at subway stations. Their despondent countenances lingered in my head, and I wondered why society was so unfair. After I experienced an earthquake in 2011, I became interested in social sciences, especially economics, as professions. My passions for them were confirmed after I came to the US. When I was about to exit the grocery store, an old African American man opened the door for me. I appreciated his kindness at first; however as he opened the door, he asked me for change. There was an awkward silence for a few seconds as I did not know how to react. Yet, over the years I have lived in the US, I have observed that this is not a rare occurrence. Similarly, when I traveled to New York City, I saw a lot of beggars everywhere. I was taken aback by the degree of economic inequality in the US. The ubiquity of homeless in the world’s largest economy, and the fact that the most of the homeless were colored, shocked me. I hypothesized that the country’s economic growth was due to leaving the unprivileged behind. My previous experiences have shaped my ultimate objective: to fight for inequalities by discovering economic policies that would provide an opportunity to minorities to achieve their goals. I believe that effective fiscal policies, such as government’s increase in educational spending, can provide chances to the minorities to gain academic experience to discover their passions. I was also thrilled by the fact that giving chances to overlooked minorities may lead to unimaginable potentials and develop the world overall. Since my passion has been shaped, my role model has been Alan Krueger, a former US assistant secretary of the treasury for economic policy. Gruger, a graduate of Industrial Labor Relation School of Cornell, has made a lot of accomplishments in his researches about economic inequality. His researches include the effects of minimum wage on employment and that of education on wage. Like Kreuger, I hope to find ways to economically empower the minorities by determining minorities’ difficulties at workplaces and pursuing public policies that would alleviate their issues at the IRL School. In high school, I found myself enjoying to study about Economics and Statistics. My strengths can be harnessed in IRL’s curriculum because economics plays a significant role in workplace, and skills in data analytics will hone my decision-making. In addition, professors and faculties who have actually created an impact in society teach at IRL School. Professor Gary Field’s research has helped the poor by working through his influence on World Bank lending program. It was my dream to interact and be taught by such faculty. With a lot of faculties at IRL having global experiences and its students from all over the world, I will surely gain knowledge about labor relations in other countries and develop multiple perspectives. The availability of source to help my dream realize is not limited to academic courses. Outside of the classroom, the student organizations are there to further my perspectives and knowledge. For instance, I would like to join Minority ILR Student Organization to learn the experiences of people of color in the workplace. Hearing directly from the people of color at workplace would be the most accurate and practical way to determine the difficulties of the minorities at employment and job-seeking. Thus, I can immerse myself into discovering the solutions that would not only empower the minorities but also lead to the development of human beings. IRL will undoubtedly establish the foundation for my future dream by allowing me to study and investigate the relationships between minorities and employment.
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    Common App - Media
    Common Application – Media (457-3) Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and objectives you hope to achieve.  Being born in the USA but raised and educated in South Korea has stimulated my curiosity on what it is to live and study in a different culture, lifestyle and language. Both my parents went to college in the USA and this further increased my interest to take the same path as theirs. Today’s globalization has also influenced my views and inquisitiveness resulting to my eagerness to learn more about the various cultures and races in the world; and the USA is the best place to experience this as the country has the perfect mix of cultures and races. Studying at a US-based university would mean that I could have a valuable intercultural experience because these universities put high significance in respecting each’s cultural diversity. They always encourage academic freedom, which is highly critical in developing my critical thinking skills and confidence in presenting views and stands on issues. I am certain that my expectations of learning the bests in Media, Culture and Communication will be met in a US-based university as they have all the resources and the experiences in utilizing the different forms of media to the fullest advantage. As much as possible, I want to be an erudite in various fields, such as history, politics, philosophy, art, economics, communication, management and media. Studying in a US-based university will give me the perfect opportunity to meet, interact and compete with the bests in the world and be able to understand media, culture and communication in diverse perspectives. I am also ecstatic to the possibility that I can be experiencing the US educational system which is more based on open learning and sharing of knowledge through group works and discussion. Though this is different to the Korean educational system that I was used to, I am still thrilled to the fact that I will not be confined to memorizations only but can develop my critical thinking skills in acquiring knowledge and wisdom. Furthermore, studying in the United States of America will definitely provide me a global perspective on how things operate and how countries interconnect in making this world a better place to live in. To conquer my language barrier, I took a speech class (SPE 102) with other non-native English speakers. This class did not only improve my English speaking skills but also my social skills because I learned how to interact with other international students from various cultures. Our frequent casual conversations led us to our closeness and good camaraderie. Currently, I am taking both LIN 100H (Language and Culture Honors) and COM 240 (Interpersonal Communication) classes to better polish my English communication skills and learn more about the American culture. I would like to work in any of the various forms of media, but I would be very grateful if I would be given a chance to show my skills and abilities in the fields of publishing, music and art in the future. It is my ardent desire to be able to use media in bringing arts, music and varied cultures closer to the people. To prepare for my entrance to the US-based universities, I went to New York and explored various arts and aesthetics such as those found in musical, movies, fashion and auction. It was overwhelming to be in New York and actually see and feel the works of arts that I only see between the pages of the books, museums and art museums. I am confident that my experiences and learnings would be of help in my aspiration to study in a US-based university. Do you wish to provide details of circumstances or qualifications not reflected in the application? You may use the space below to provide any additional information you wish to share. Min: 0 / Max: 650 Here is the additional information that was not reflected in the application but will provide you insights on how I am as a person and as a student: Member of the broadcasting club in the elementary school, the journal club in the middle school and the advertising club in high school. As a member of the school broadcasting department in my sixth grade, we conducted a project that aimed to improve the moral standards of students and help them develop the proper lifestyle. We recorded the lives of the actual school students and aired every Monday morning. We compared the positive and negative behaviour of the students. For instance, we showed signs of students receiving school meals without order and urged improvements. On the other hand, we also praised the students for cleaning up the dirty classrooms. I observed a positive change in the students’ lives as a result of the broadcast. And since then, I have been fascinated by the influence of media to people. I am interested in liberal arts studies and have taken Philosophy, Early American History, Psychology, French, Music, and Art History in BMCC. I interned in Seoul History Museum during the summer vacation when I was in my 2nd grade in high school.
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    Common App - Personal Statement (Cornell)
    Common app personal statement Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve. You can type directly into the box, or you can paste text from another source. (250-650 words) I have always been looking for my purpose in life and I found it when I got the chance to work at a retired home because it was there that I realized that I am happiest when I am able to serve, show compassion and help the elderly and the sick. Seeing the sadness beneath the elderlies’ smiles and stares made me gloomy and recognized that their sadness were not only emotionally-driven but more due to the lingering pain brought by ageing and other age-related diseases. That experience made me aspire to become a doctor to help the future elderly population. Becoming a good human doctor entails having the best education and wide-ranging medical exposure which your university can aptly provide. My introduction to various work experiences taught me that to achieve excellence I should be able to overcome all the challenges that come my way, including the mental challenges that I have to endure to sharpen my skills and competencies. It would be more beneficial for my grades if I would just settle to a less-challenging university but doing so would deprive me the chance to compete with the best student population and the opportunity to collaborate with your reputable faculty experts. I have always geared my vision towards excellence and I am certain that transferring to your university, which is known to have a rigorous program in pre-Medicine, is the most rational thing to do to help me achieve my aspiration. I certainly would like to become a geriatrician and explore possible interventions that will help the older adults achieve better quality of life. As a licensed practical nurse, I have seen the difficulties that the elderlies go through especially when their physical health condition is coupled with a mental anguish of boredom or the longing to see a loved one. I know that depression and anxiety are major factors affecting the physical health of an older adult and these not only affect their state of happiness but more on their ability to function. And when these conditions are not treated could lead to other diseases such as myocardial infarctions. I do hope to collaborate with your experts in discovering ways to better manage the older adults’ multiple health problems by coming-up with care plans that will address their specific needs. Caring for the sick and the elderly is a very rewarding experience because it sends the message that they are not neglected nor taken for granted despite their vulnerability. I am positive that your program will certainly help me make a difference in the field of geriatrics and be of service to the individuals who were once productive citizens of the country. Certainly, your program will provide me a solid foundation and critical thinking skills to better understand the complexities that older adults experience. Writing Supplement Tell us what you’d like to major in at Cornell, and why or how your past academic or work experience influenced your decision, and how transferring to Cornell would further your academic interests. (Please limit your response to 650 words.) As a practical licensed nurse, I have been a witness to many lives crippled by diseases causing their inability to care for themselves. Though we have always been promoting independence to the elderlies especially in maintaining their personal hygiene, there are really cases when the person’s illness curtails his ability to function and is left to the mercy of others for his daily necessities. I believe that preventing diseases is still the most important in thwarting crippling diseases and I want to help the future older adults improve their quality of life by promoting precautionary measures in sustaining their physical and social functioning. I am aspiring to become a geriatric someday so I can help in exploring possibilities in restoring the functionality of the older adults and your program in pre- human Medicine will certainly help me achieve my goals. My experiences as a Licensed practical nurse/charge nurse have opened my eyes to the helplessness of the older adults and how age-related diseases greatly affect not only their physical health but also their psychological and mental dispositions. It is also heartbreaking to see cases of depression due to the feeling of being neglected by their loved ones whom they have loved and cared for. Furthermore, the Baby Boomers are getting older by the day so the number of older adults will be increasing rapidly, along with the cases of arthritis, dementia, diabetes and heart diseases as studies show that these are the medical problems that older adults usually experience. Reflecting from these, I could visualize the difficulties that the aged people will go through and how pitiful their conditions would be if their symptoms will not be addressed. Seeing first-hand how they suffer made me more resolved to become a geriatric, and certainly, your program in pre-Medicine would be the most valuable first step in my journey to the field of Gerontology. The flexibility in the curricula offered by Cornell University increases my interest to transfer and pursue a career in human medicine because it does not only allow students to complete the major course but also provides the opportunity to take the pre-Medicine course at the same time. This is like ‘shooting two birds at the same time’, which implies the maximization of my productivity at the least possible time. Since I have been an advocate of personal growth through experiences, I can take advantage of the expertise of Cornell’s well-known faculty by working with them and possibly, collaborating with them in doing researches beneficial to the field of gerontology. I am positive that your program in pre-human Medicine is in line with my educational and career objectives and will prepare me to becoming a geriatric someday. I am certain that Cornell University is the best partner in my quest to realizing my purpose in life, and that is, to help the older adults in their twilights.
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    George Washington University: International Business
    George Washington University: International Business Essay Prompt 1: At George Washington University, our students frequently interact with policymakers and world leaders. These experiences and those of our alumni can shape the future of global affairs. If you had the power to change the course of history in your community or the world, what would you do and why? When BBC confirmed the process towards the Korea reunification through their breaking news in 2018, I was among those who overjoyed. And who would not? Anderson Cooper confirmed that South and North Korea were going to sign a reunification agreement that day, an indication that all the years of tension and conflict between the two Koreas would be finally put behind. Finally, the Korean Peninsula would soon be a hub of peace. As a Korean, my desire to the reunification and the promotion of peace throughout the world has led me to dream to become the South Korean Secretary of Foreign Affairs someday so I can smooth out all the problems and hindrances towards the realization of the unification. However, not everyone was in favor of the reunification; and mostly, the younger South Koreans disagree with the idea as they were afraid of the consequences such as the cost that the South Koreans would have to shoulder and the political arrangement that the two leaders would have to arrange. But if I had the power to change the course of history, I would accelerate all the process while all the current political leaders involved in the reunification, namely, President Trump and the two leaders of South and North Koreas are talking and determined to realize the unification. I will use the media and the citizens of the two Koreas in expediting the process and in telling the whole world that they are brothers and should remain as one.
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