Growing my way. I paused for a year

Growing up in a Haitian family, education was strongly emphasized, not unlike in the American culture. People from both countries believe in education and say that a college education will open doors – because of that, I was not going to disappoint my parents or anyone else who believed in me. After completed completing high school in Haiti, I made my way through college studying computer science. A few years later, I moved to the United States with a plan to continue my studies.

Although my desire was there, the language barrier prevented me from pursuing an education in the U.S. I decided I wasn’t going to let the language barrier stand in my way. I paused for a year while I took a full time job, and decided to return to school and study accounting. I actually returned to school while working a graveyard shift at my full-time job and having my first child along the way. I completed my undergraduate degree, but I still felt like something was missing, and realized that I needed to complete my master’s degree. Now the time has come, and I feel ready to take this next step in my life.Working as a supervisor for Atlas Air for twelve years sparked my interest in the business world.

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Business fascinates me, not only because it makes companies so competitive, but because it helps students like me to obtain additional education and reach our career goals. These have inspired me to continue on with my educational journey with the same passion I used in my undergraduate education to acquire an MBA. While monetary rewards are of real-world importance, true job satisfactions originate from the opportunity to grow and learn within an industry.

I take pleasure in obtaining new skills and information, which help me adapt to the fast changing world, as well as stimulate my interest in innovation. In addition, a career to open possibilities would give me constant incentive to improve myself and to gain more knowledge. Given the convergence of my personal and professional interests, my goal is to obtain a master’s degree and then to become an entrepreneur which will give me the opportunity to make a difference and help others. I have thoroughly enjoyed college and believe that graduate school is the right subsequent step.

Both my experience in college and my full time job have changed me as a person. They have given me a greater sense of accomplishment. I have opened up to people more and am now an improved team player as I have learned to listen to others and analyze their opinion. I have learned to be more accepting of other cultures and beliefs and feel that I am much more open-minded.

I understand with the right educational experience, such as the experience provided by your school’s MBA program; I would learn the skills necessary to thrive in the entrepreneurship industry. I also know that as a student in your prestigious program, I would also benefit your school and university through my research and field ventures during this time. I hope that you will find that I am a good match for your graduate school as I was in your undergraduate.


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