Although born in the USA, I am a Mexican woman who spent six years growing up in Mexico and on summer vacations. Thus, I take pride in being a fully bicultural and bilingual Latina, representing an essential aspect of the professional contribution I seek to make in the future. Now that my time in the military is coming to a close after three years, I strive to develop and excel at a career in Public Health, which, as I have been discovering for some time now, is where my passion lies. I hope to earn my Master’s Degree in Public Health at XXXX University because of your program's sheer excellence and I feel my interests are a good fit with your curriculum. The location of APU is also ideal for me since Southern California is my home and your campus is close to where I intend to live and also close to some of the non-profit organizations I look forward to supporting in the future.
My central, long-term objective and the reason I hope to earn the MPH Degree is that I want to give the balance of my professional life to supporting noble and worthy non-profit organizations involved in public health. In this way, I will enjoy the great satisfaction of giving daily to oneself and one’s family and the community. Thus, at APU, I plan to specialize in Health Promotion and Education, learning from and supporting experts in public health and helping them create effective programs that serve the community's needs.
My passion for volunteer work has a long history, beginning at the age of 13 when I started volunteering at the St Louis of France Catholic Church, working to help the needy, and I stayed there for three years. For the past three years, I have volunteered with other soldiers to help feed the homeless - many of whom are vets from various wars in Vietnam. Here at Ft. Bragg, I also volunteer with TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), helping to provide compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a military loved one. Through the legacy and the army mentor program, I provide one-on-one mentoring for bereaved military children and teens. I serve as a caring companion and remind the kids that the military still cares for them. I feel that our homeless citizens are a significant public health issue for which all of us our ultimately morally responsible. I believe that our duty as a society is to make a good faith attempt to provide adequate shelter for all of our residents in the community, with particular consideration being taken for those who have served our country. This is why I am excited about forming ties with and collaborating with Homeless Health Care Los Angeles in the future.
Ultimately, I also see working to prevent all forms of child abuse as a public health issue. Another organization I look forward to working with in the future is the Child Abuse Prevention Center. I could not be more devoted to the prospect of a lifetime of service to organizations such as these, helping to offer comprehensive, action-oriented health services and education that improves the quality of life of those most vulnerable and most in need of our support in our community. As a public health care manager, organizer, and strategist, my main focus and responsibility will help such organizations run effectively and efficiently. I also look forward to volunteering with non-profit organizations devoted to public health education. My military background and the plethora of cross-training courses that I have completed will help me to be able to think critically and creatively on my feet, scrutinize policies and processes, and make significant contributions. I am applying to complete an internship in Child Abuse Prevention in Anaheim, CA.
Growing up in Baja, California, and long familiar with the slums of Tijuana, where most houses are made of cardboard and plastic tarps, my worldview has been shaped by a concern for the poorest and marginalized members of our community. I now look forward to giving my all to Public Health for the balance of my professional lifetime, giving my most full measure to this cause.
If accepted to your distinguished MPH Program at XXXX University, I would receive the optimal preparation for making my most significant contribution to my society in public health. I want to help those that are vulnerable, working to ensure the basic needs of life are met even for our most humble citizens and residents. My contributions would include helping develop, implement, manage, and evaluate programs designed to address real-world challenges to the health and well-being of members of our community. No work could bring me greater satisfaction than being a community leader whose primary concern is always the well-being of our society's neediest and weakest members.
I thank you for considering my application to study for the MPH Degree.
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