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Jul. 28th, 2008 @ 11:18 am (no subject)
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Woo-hoo, I've got a draft for my app to the U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee! :D A refresher on the instructions:

The Reasons Statement. "An essential part of your application, the Reasons Statement is used to determine the appropriateness of your educational and professional goals and serves as an example of your ability to express yourself in writing. In the statement:

1. Explain your reasons for pursuing graduate study.
2. Describe specific interests and your background in the field.
3. List any relevant skills or training you have acquired.
4. List relevant academic awards or honors you have received.
5. If your program requires recommendations, list the names of those individuals who will write on your behalf."

And, cue the ominous music, the essay itself -- behind an LJ-cut.

Thoughts? Does it totally suck? ;-) Is it halfway decent? I'd appreciate any input, good or bad. I really have no clue what I'm doing here, so ... yeah.


For most of my life, I have been known as “the reader” in the family. I have always been fascinated with and intrigued by books, and spent countless hours in the library over the years, whether for personal or educational reasons. Throughout high school and college I preferred papers to tests because I could hone in on a topic of interest and read all possible books on the subject. From Shakespeare to sign language, cooking to classics, I devoured it all – and still do, to this day. It is this love of the written word that first spurred me to pursue a degree in Library and Information Science.

Graduate study is also appealing because of the intellectual challenge it puts forth. Continued learning has played a significant role in my life and I look forward to taking that to a new level. The graduate courses in the MLIS program are versatile and varied, and the subject matter sounds fascinating.

Finally, I chose to pursue an advanced degree (and with that, the MLIS program) for career development, as I plan to become a reference librarian. My hours in various library settings have familiarized me with the Dewey Decimal System and the Library of Congress cataloging and classification methods, as well as information retrieval techniques. I look forward to putting these skills to good use in my career.

Ever the student at heart, I was on the honor roll in high school, and earned an academic “Provost’s Scholar” award to Seattle Pacific University. This scholarship required a minimum GPA of 3.0 to maintain, and I ultimately graduated from SPU cum laude with a B.A. in European Studies and minor in History.

The courses I took toward my degree required extensive use of the library’s resources, through which I gained invaluable knowledge and essential research skills. I also took courses in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and understand basic database and HTML concepts. I am very comfortable with PCs, and additionally have some experience with Macintosh computers.

I anticipate drawing upon each of the skills listed here, and my continued love of learning, as I purse the Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Alice Hoffman once said, “Books may well be the only true magic.” The next years spent in pursuit of the MLIS will be their own form of magic, and I look forward to experiencing that.
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From:aeb
Date:July 29th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
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I think that's a pretty good essay. You seem to have answered each of their questions. {Smile}

I don't have any immediate suggestions. {Smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin