I see the MS Program in Food Industry Leadership at the University of ____ to be the flagship academic program of the future in the preparation of innovative leaders for the food industry. I plan to give my all for decades to come in my contribution to not only food safety but also working to assure adequate standards worldwide in terms of supply and business value. I look forward to serving a large global corporation and helping to assure that the company that I work for is exemplary in terms of safety and social responsibility in general. The most significant asset I hope to bring to your program is native-speaker fluency in three of the world’s most frequently spoken languages, English, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. I am at my absolute best in all three languages when talking about food.
Born in Los Angeles to Taiwanese parents, I was primarily raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador, enhancing my multicultural and multilingual abilities. I see being fluent in Spanish as an important professional asset, complimentary to also being fluent in Mandarin. Along with English, I hope to contribute something unique to my chosen field. The fact that ____ has one of the most diverse student bodies in the country, is one of the reasons I would especially like to study in the program. I look forward to maintaining and cultivating my professional and social support base as a graduate student at ____.
I have gravitated towards food as a personal passion increasing for as long as I can remember. I would compare the cuisines of Taiwan and Ecuador, savoring all the spices and unique flavors. Thus, since childhood, I have been developing expertise in Asian and Latino tastes in food, both of which I enjoy immensely. By the time I was a teenager, I was experimenting with food, spices, and the creation of my dishes that for me represented an amalgam of the best of both worlds. When I came to the United States to earn my undergraduate degree, Food Science was a natural choice, and I found myself in heaven, studying precisely what I love the most.
Fully immersed in studying the central aspects of my chosen discipline, sales, product development, and food regulations, I devoted special energy to the area of safety which I see as helping to prepare me for leadership training as a graduate student at ____. I am at my very most fulfilled researching the interrelationship between food regulations and innovation, not only in today’s complex, globalized world but also throughout history. I could not be more passionate about the mission that drives the fields of Food Safety and Innovation, especially these days, given how we are experiencing egregious and novel forms of infectious disease, some of which are foodborne. I can think of no more noble work than laboring to keep consumers safe from foodborne illness as much as possible. It is primarily in this area where I hope to distinguish myself as a leader-in-training at the University of ____.
HACCP (Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Point) plans are at the center of my world, and I look forward to many decades to come always staying abreast of how our food supply can be safeguarded through critical, physical, chemical, and biological controls, exercising leadership roles in all these areas. I was especially excited by the opportunity to write up a HACCP plan, and it was then that I found my calling in life. My passion for HACCP plans inspired me to complete an internship in the food industry in Quality Control. I learned a great deal in my internship position, not just about Quality Control but also about the food industry as a whole and the singular importance of HACCP plans. Since I was new on the job, I asked many questions, and I am most grateful to the Director of Quality Control for taking the time to answer each one patiently and teaching me the ropes. I could not have been more pleased when he entrusted me with the write-up of a HACCP plan for one of the company’s products. By completing this internship, I developed a much more in-depth understanding of how HACCP plans play a critical role in Food Safety. Now, I hope to build a career as a leader in Quality Control, based on earning the MS in FIL at ____.
After obtaining my bachelor's degree in food science at California State University at ____, I accepted a position as a Quality Assurance Technician at The Cheesecake Factory Inc., where I also learned a lot about the food industry. In my current position, with Tawa Services Inc, I have received a promotion and serve as Quality Assurance Supervisor. Here, I do what I love most, identifying issues and taking corrective action to ensure food safety and quality. I have enjoyed working with departments including R&D, Technical Service, and Sanitation and Production. This has helped me to understand the big picture better and to appreciate the critical roles played by other departments. Most recently, it has been a special honor to be making critically essential contributions to the adoption of a new system upgrade that will help to ensure the safety and quality of our food source. My experience with big data and innovative computer programs utilized by the food industry will allow me to excel at ____ and beyond, as an innovative leader in food safety and regulation.
Thank you for considering my application to your program.
Sample Statements of Purpose MS Food Science