An early facility with numbers and skills in Mathematics has developed over time into a fascination with Statistics. This came with the realization that its applications are almost limitless in that they have the potential to beneficially affect almost every area of business and government and, consequently, everyone’s individual lives.
My goal is to acquire the advanced skills and knowledge that the program will provide. My initial goal is to acquire a post as a Statistical Consultant assisting large businesses by providing accurate, timely and relevant information, and analysis of that information, to enable them to achieve their financial and other goals. Once that I have sufficient experience, I hope to become an independent consultant whilst undertaking research and teaching a new generation of specialists.
I am now in my final undergraduate year at UXXX and will shortly complete my degree in Economics and Statistics. I am expected to graduate in July 2018 with a robust first-class degree. My current studies have provided a solid foundation in basic statistical concepts and methodologies, mathematical modeling, statistical method in economic statistics and functional analysis.
It may assist the reader if I summarize some of my practical experience in the field. To enhance my analytical skills, I anticipated the post-exam project of analysis in London boroughs’ crime data with other four team members in the Statistical Department at UXXX. I applied R Program and Stata to establish statistical models and to produce a pragmatic report. During the application, I discovered how to adjust measures across broad categories. In addition, we managed to allocate different tasks to individuals efficiently in the collaboration. In the end, we successfully produced an in-depth analysis report with a balanced conclusion in a week and won the third prize in the departmental competition after the final presentation. From this participation, I learnt how to make a strategic decision in a team, and the practice also enhanced my technical skills in developing MATLAB programming.
I am particularly drawn to the program at XXXX because of the emphasis on equipping students with skills in applying knowledge to practical needs and applications and the practical sessions to achieve this end. I am also keen to join a program with a high mathematical content to extend and hone my natural skills in the subject.
I am attracted to the study of Computational Statistics because I am aware that there is no shortage of data in the world but there are many gaps in the world’s ability to make sense, and so use, of it. This area of study is an enabling key in turning mass data into useful information. This will be essential for me to maximise my utility to future employers and clients. I have studied ‘R’ and Stata and was fascinated by the possibilities that they offer in providing solutions to problems that were, only recently, intractable.
The ‘merging’ of Statistics and Computational Sciences that is the base of Statistical Machine Learning is clearly ‘the way of the future’. I recognise that knowledge in this speciality will be a vital tool in providing long term business predictions which, again fits ideally with my goals.
I believe that I have demonstrated high order analytical skills in my academic career to date and am very keen to study Statistical Inference formally in order to enhance my interpretative and intuitive skills and the ability to approach new problems creatively and originally. I realise that such skills are an essential to the roles that I hope to fill in the future and I believe that I have the potential to excel in them.
I seek a program in a prestigious institution, and there are few as prestigious as your own, providing a highly challenging but supportive academic environment with exceptional alumni success. I also hope to create links and relationships with future leaders in the field and know that I can rely on the program to provide opportunities to form them. I regard your program as a perfect ‘fit’ to enable me to achieve my goals.
My formal studies in Economics have given me an insight into the challenges that are faced in a rapidly changing business environment in which timely and soundly based statistical information is, perhaps, the most vital of all business tools. I am also aware that businesses cannot be assisted by those unwilling to provide bad news as well as the good and that this needs to be provided in a frank but constructive way and that communication skills of a high order are essential in an effective statistician.
I believe that I have an excellent foundation in basic skills, knowledge and personal characteristics required to excel in the program and in the roles that I ultimately seek. I get on easily with others and have an open and friendly personality and cooperate willingly and happily with others to achieve a common goal. I have worked and studied with people from many social and ethnic backgrounds and know that an understanding of other cultures is important in creating positive and mutually beneficial academic, social and working relationships. I am interested in other cultures and enjoy learning about them and sharing information about my own rich cultural heritage. My native language is Mandarin and I speak, read and write English with a very high level of fluency.
I have contributed to the student community at UXXX by acting as the Departmental Student Academic Representative to facilitate and encourage communication between teaching staff and students and report academic issues reported by students and to help resolve identified problems with departmental tutors. I hope that I may be able to play some constructive community role during the Master’s program.
To summarize: I fully appreciate that the program will be extremely demanding. I can assure the reader that I shall rise to those demands with the exceptional levels of diligence, determination and enthusiasm that I have demonstrated in my undergraduate career. My studies to date have provided me with an excellent and highly relevant base of knowledge to enable me to profit from the course and ‘add value’ to it. My special interests and the program curriculum overlap to a considerable degree. More importantly, however, is a genuine passion for Statistics and especially in the vast further potential of computing to revolutionize the work of Statisticians in which I am determined to play a part.
Thank you for considering my application.