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Salvadoran Woman, MPA, Bilingual Spanish/English, BA Degree in Global Affairs

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Like most young people, I always hoped to make a difference rather than make a living. I sought to turn my hope into reality in the world of policy, to have a share in improving the world around me. I am from an immigrant family of limited financial means from El Salvador. My journey to the point of this application has involved some sacrifices and challenges for my family and myself. Still, I have reached this point and am very proud. I am a friendly, outgoing, and confident person and have happily studied, worked, and socialized with people of many social and cultural backgrounds. I enjoy learning about other cultures and sharing aspects of my rich heritage. I am bilingual in Spanish/English, which is central to my career plans.


I hold a bachelor's degree in Global affairs from XXU, awarded in 2017. My goal is to acquire high-level skills and knowledge in Public Administration by earning the MPA Degree. My particular interests lie in the areas of Immigration and budgeting. I hope to pursue one of these specialties in my future career, perhaps in Homeland Security or an NGO, and, ideally, find a role requiring expertise in both.


I migrated to the US with my family at the age of 15. My parents were hard workers who valued education highly because they lacked educational opportunities. I was encouraged to take full advantage of those opportunities and taught that diligence combined with determination was a reliable route to success in any sphere. My enthusiasm and hard work bore fruit when I was awarded a full-year scholarship for my first year in college by a program focused on students demonstrating leadership qualities, especially those striving for success in challenging financial circumstances. The scholarship award has also recognized my hard work in traveling to Italy for a winter study program in 2016 and being included on the Dean’s list in the last semester of my bachelor's degree studies.


I have always sought to acquire leadership experience and enjoy roles that call for organizing and coordinating team activities and efforts. I was appointed as special events coordinator at the Manassas XXU Science and Technology campus. I thoroughly enjoyed my role and organized several successful events.


During my undergraduate program, I was honored to have been allowed to intern at the US House of Representatives as a Legislative Assistant. I was determined to be helpful and acquire as much experience as possible. I was involved in public affairs and budgeting projects and found the whole experience rewarding and fascinating. It indeed fully confirmed my academic and career choices. I value the award of the internship and the scholarships and awards as recognition of my enthusiasm, hard work, and intellectual potential, which will be fully applied in my future studies and career.


I am applying to the XXU Master’s program because of the highly positive experience of my undergraduate program. I found the academic environment to be highly challenging but supportive. I am aware of the department’s international reputation for innovative research and the high value placed on alumni by potential employers.


I realize that creativity, an analytical mind, determination, and the ability to engage exceptionally well with others are essential to becoming an influential researcher who makes significant contributions to his field. I look forward to assisting in research and developing those characteristics while laboring to advance our frontiers of knowledge in the area of Public Administration.


I hold a bachelor's degree in a directly relevant area of study to that of the program and have excelled within it. I have demonstrated leadership, enthusiasm, and diligence in my academic career and extra-curricular activities. However, my main recommendation is my passion for this area of study and my determination to apply all of myself fully to the program for my fulfillment, to add luster to the considerable reputation of the school, and to provide my future employer with a genuine asset in implementing policies to improve society.


Thank you for considering my application to your distinguished MPA Program.


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