I, like many others, have dreams of studying abroad. I’m sure it’ll be such an amazing and value-adding experience that it’s something that is worthwhile pursuing. Check out the essay I wrote for my application:
The National University of Singapore is world-class university that offers competitive and topnotch educational programs. Its rank in the world university rankings provides reason enough for anyone to want to study in NUS. Personally, beyond the glory of studying in such a distinctive university, I would love the opportunity to study in NUS for a plethora of other reasons.
I’ve always attached an emphasis on learning—which to me entails a diversity of sources, and not just textbooks. In my college, we have a way of doing things: using the case method to cement business concepts and to apply them in more or less real-life scenarios. As a student, my reasons include learning from who may possibly be the best teachers in Asia, if not the world; and learning about the teaching methodologies used in NUS to share with my peers back home. During the course of my stay in NUS, I hope to equivalently contribute value to the experience of other students like me who have sought studying there for much the same reasons, with the things I’ve learned from my own exciting and eventful college experience. Also, as a person who wants to learn more of the world and to be better by it, I think Singapore is a great place to be.
Singapore has a relatively very small land area and is a melting pot of races and cultures. With differences, most expect only conflict. But Singapore instead is a progressive nation with one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The country in itself is a study of how the right treatment and rules utilized diversity for the better, and how an open economy backed by a strong government and little or no corruption creates wealth successfully for all its participants and members, with spillovers on the outside of the region. Singapore is also among the world’s leading financial centers. I am intrigued by the country’s own Temasek and want to learn of how it strategically chooses investments in Asia and the world. I want to see the role of politics in the country’s national development, the direction of the its policy making; and the connection between the academic institutions and the public sector and how the latter props up even further growth—insights and learning to bring back to my own nation.
In short, my experience will teach me about the value of openness and how to harness it for the good. If I go corporate someday, I understand that then I will be working in a much more global environment. I will have to overcome the barriers of perceived irreconcilable surface differences to still achieve our organization’s objectives. I also see myself in putting up my own business someday and the long-term considerations for its sustainability may no longer be rooted locally, but globally. In growing my business, the consequences not only pertain to me but the people I may employ, so it’s not really all just for my own personal benefit. Also, issues from the further deconstruction of borders between countries spawns new international issues like greater pollution, exploitation of workers and resources, destruction of indigenous and local cultures—will be things that my generation and the next ones will have to handle.
Studying in NUS offers a massive and inimitable learning experience. I live away from home and from any close relatives and this has taught me independence and maturity. I think living abroad, having to adjust with the unique environment and its challenges will make me grow even more as a person. It will let me develop more confidence, borne of having seen more of the world; and let me develop particular skills that will surely come in handy in the future. I also hope to foster relationships with new people and friends from university. Being connected to all these different people will just keep me abreast and open to world developments. I hope too that my experience will be a precursor to further study abroad—as a way to nurture my academic and holistic growth as an individual.
I’m just sure that an opportunity to study in NUS will bear positive differences in my life—and hopefully, indirectly in how mine impacts other peoples’.