Economics personal statement

Economics represents an integral part of my everyday life. It is about trying to understand the world and making real and personal decisions; something I can relate to on an emotional level. I can attest to how economics affects the lives of relatives and friends around me, when the ravages of the recent Asian crisis threatened to level the gains accrued from an era of unprecedented growth in Singapore. This spurred my fascination for how the economy operates; what makes it ticks? It seemed magical how through specific and finicky aggregate demand and supply, economics is able to dictate remarkably when and where goods and services would distribute itself.

This fascination drove me to apply for various internships with several established firms in Singapore. From UBS, Citibank, HSBC to OUB (Insurance), and the QBE Insurance Group, the stint that most impressed me was at Citibank where I was attached to a leading fund manager. There I was exposed to the true extent of global economics; of how capitalist and industrial powers can unfairly influence and dictate the allocation and organization of worldwide goods and services.

These enriching internships served as a valuable eye-opener, which is why I believe an overseas education will greatly widen the horizons and perspectives in my chosen field of study. UK interests me the most because of its outstanding tradition for academic excellence and professional accreditation. An all-round UK university education, combined with a proven track record for employment, will provide the best way to jump-start my career. In return, I can contribute in terms of my leadership ability, personal communication and teamwork skills.

Bowling competitively at national youth levels, my leadership tenures as school captain reinforced the significance of effective communication skills, while necessitating a need for an effective role model for my team members to follow. In addition, I benefited tremendously from the time management skills required to balance both academic studies and competitive bowling. I also pursue an active interest in ballroom dancing, learning how to waltz, tango and salsa and even participated in a social charity ball. Furthermore, I was selected as a school ambassador at a Singapore National Youth council seminar, speaking up on pressing social, political and economical issues they addressed. This seminar impressed upon me the intrinsic weave economics has on every aspect of our life. As a signals instructor sergeant in the Army, I have to lead my men by example and yet be an active listener and contributor within a team. This includes motivating trainee cadets from diverse backgrounds, inspiring trust and forging camaraderie with them during tactical exercises.

Though driven and resilient, I am still aware of the challenges that loom ahead. Through my various work experiences and extra-curricular activities, I believe I possess both the aptitude and qualifications to excel. Admission into a program of choice in your prestigious and exciting institution would enable me to further develop my potential, and I hope to make a personal impact and contribute to your institution.

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This personal statement was written by blow360 for application in 2004.

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wrote this sometime back. from a oversea student viewpoint.

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I'm quite amazed by the

I'm quite amazed by the number of internships you took on. Which unis did u apply for and which ones accepted you?

He didn't necessarily get all

He didn't necessarily get all the internships. He listed the internships he simply applied for.

may i ask where you got

may i ask where you got accepted into?

This could be so much better.

This could be so much better. Some of the grammar and phrasing, especcially towards the beginning, is terrible, and it really doesn't get the right image across.

woah

How could anyone have the time to do all that AND still study?

Dude are you superman or

Dude are you superman or something? Did you get into LSE/Cambridge ?

This personal statement will

This personal statement will make any admissions officer suspicious.

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