University of Pennsylvania
Law School
{What is your 5-year plan?}Whenever I tell people that I am interested in a career that combines law,journalism and business, I am usually told I will probably end up having to settle for onlyone of those interests (or two if I’m lucky or play my cards right). I usually respond to theunsolicited advice with a “thanks, but no thanks” smile because I know there is definitepotential to combine all three...
University of Pennsylvania
Law School
Reading the supplemental essay topics for the first time, I leaned back in my chair and grinned. “Discuss the work of art or literature that most influenced your decision to pursue a legal education…” Oh boy, could I have fun with that! I closed my eyes and outlined an essay about Guernica—I would create an elaborate metaphor about how Picasso acted as a voice to the civilian victims of the Spanish Civil War, and how lawyers can act as a voice for oppressed peoples everywhere. I considered tying in my undergraduate thesis on Sudan, and my work with Refugee Youth Project in Baltimore. Then I remembered: I am going to law school for Media Law. Sure I could write a highfalutin essay about saving the world, but it wouldn’t be genuine. I climbed off the soapbox, and read essay topic number three...
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University of Pennsylvania
Law School
I realize that law schools look at applicants’ undergraduate GPA as an indication of their academic abilities, but my number is not representative of my potential. In high school, I was a straight-A student, took ten Advanced Placement courses, and skipped grades to enroll at Johns Hopkins at the age of 16. I was too young and emotionally unprepared for would happen in Baltimore...
Columbia University
Other
I am applying for a M.S. in Management Science and Engineering in the Industrial Engineering & Operations Research Department at the Columbia University. First, my goal is to work in Risk Management and Risk Assessment at an international company such as PG&E or at a global management consulting firm such as McKinsey & Company. Particularly, I would like to address the risk assessment of new energy programs such as creating the fuel from algae or the exploitation of Shale gas. After some years of professional experience, I would like to set up my own business with my brother who is a financial analyst in this special field of activity with the aspirations of becoming major innovators in risk assessment linked to the development of new energies...
New York University
Other
“Learning by doing” is a motto I like to live by. Four years ago when I first arrived in Missouri, I was a young Chinese girl yearning to learn more about the world. Through my experiences and lessons at the University of Missouri and abroad I’ve become a much more capable individual than I once was. My professors at Mizzou have facilitated the development of my critical thinking skills and I gained first hand experience while participating in a number of different journalism internships. The semester I spent in Manchester, England further enriched my global perspective and gave me the opportunity to travel around UK and The Mideast experiencing their rich cultures...
Yale University
Undergrad
The most significant influence on me has been my dad. My first memory is from an air show at Oshkosh, watching a Harrier jet take off. It was loud and I was miserable at the time, but looking back on it, what strikes me is the connection that still exists for me between my dad and amazing experiences. As I grew up, my dad was always there for me, but unlike other dads, he never played catch, went camping, or built a tree house with me. Instead, he taught me...
Yale University
Undergrad
Losing a loved one is always difficult, no matter how stoic or hardened one may seem to be. When I was thirteen, I lost someone very dear to me, but unlike most people, I was able to receive her back into my life. My mother left my life for an extended period of time due to a lack of trust and respect in my parents’ relationship. This event necessitated not only a growth in my maturity but also of my understanding of the world...
Columbia University
Other
Point Breeze is one of the most persistently violent neighborhoods in Philadelphia, and despite recent gentrification, is home to predominately low-income residents. Although the blocks in Point Breeze are blighted by trash and bullet holes, up the worn marble stoops and behind the rickety doors, you will find urban oases filled with lush backyard gardens and talented people who yearn for a safer community...
University of Pennsylvania
Law School
I decided to pursue a career in law because of an experience with expired food. As an intern with The TimesLedger, I wrote a news article that revealed the sale of expired milk, butter, eggs, baby formula, and medicines at several local CVS and Rite Aid pharmacies — a violation of New York law. The State Attorney General had already warned these stores to stop their illegal sales of expired products, and they falsely claimed that they did. A few days after my story was published, both corporations contacted me, claiming their expired products had been replaced and their employees had been disciplined. To verify this, I revisited the stores and discovered that the pharmacies that had previously sold the expired food and drugs still had them on the shelves and the products were now displayed as “on sale.”..
University of Chicago
Other
During my tenure at B Lab, a nonprofit organization that supports a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, I saw the effect that corporate structure has on the way companies do business. The legal structure of a business can greatly constrain it from serving a greater good instead of simply its bottom line. I saw firsthand that companies need policies that allow them to do business in a beneficial way...
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