International Relations Personal Statement 2
Three years ago I traveled with my University to the second poorest county in America to teach Native American high school students. On this trip I learned about poverty but also how education can provide the training students need to succeed on their own. Two years ago, I studied in London and experienced a new world through international relations classes, being the only American in a group of mainly non-Europeans, and traveling to Western and Eastern Europe. These and other experiences have confirmed my desire to work for an international Non-Governmental Organization promoting literacy, conflict resolution, and humanitarianism. In order to achieve this goal, I am applying to attend the London School of Economics for a master’s degree in International Relations.
As a University student, I have pursued training in education, history, and international relations in America and abroad, with Americans and international students. I will be certified to teach at the end of January and education will always be part of my professional passion because of the change I have seen it make in people’s lives. For example, education has changed my way of thinking. When I began studying in London I always planned on teaching in America, but now I has goals of teaching abroad and working in non-traditional classrooms.
After teaching on the Indian Reservation and studying abroad, I sought other teaching and international experiences that include teaching at a private Korean School in my community, tutoring international and American students, and teaching at the secondary level in the greater Milwaukee, WI area. As a student mentor, I worked with international University students to help them improve their English, adjust to change, and succeed academically and socially in an American university. My training in education has helped me develop and understand the practice and importance of learning in history and international relations. While in London, I studied Latin America during the Cold War and wrote my undergraduate thesis on the coup in Guatemala in 1954. With this knowledge and a subsequent course on genocide and global justice, my attention changed to humanitarian crises where I believe literacy programs empower people, even in times of crisis, to seek constructive change in their communities and cultures.
My diverse, liberal arts education provided me with practical education training, theoretical training from international relations, and understanding through historical context. I have developed skills in both fields so I can teach classes or individuals and research and analyze information. Throughout my undergraduate career I worked at least 2 jobs, remained in the tops 10% of my class, and volunteered as a mentor and tutor. In short, I understand how I function in multiple classroom settings, have learned to motivate myself and others, and value both hard work and service to others. This proven commitment to personal achievement and to my community will help me succeed at LSE in the future.
At my teaching internship, my cooperating teacher constantly reminds the students to ask two questions as they study the world: “What’s in it for me? And what about the human?” My own answers to these questions are intertwined: my own educational and professional goals require a solid education in order to demonstrate the compassion and commitment that I have for “the human.” I have worked hard in the past and will continue to while I meet new people, create memorable experiences, and remember the human.
Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018
International Relations and French Personal Statement
From the age of thirteen months until I was almost six, I lived in Caracas, Venezuela, oblivious to the fact that I am half British. When we moved back to Warwickshire in 1999, I started to learn English for the first time, as I had only known Spanish. Growing up, I began to realise that my parents' decision to return to the UK was politically motivated. With Chavez's rise to power, it was apparent to my parents that Venezuela was about to face huge changes. As the years passed, returning to Caracas every 3 years, I understood that the society was becoming increasingly divided, affecting even my close relatives. It showed me the importance of international relations in everyday life, even in the family. At home, I was exposed to political discussions, not only about Venezuela and Britain, but also Sudan, Bangladesh and Peru due to the nature of my father's work in developing countries. Experiences like these led me to question how governments can fail their own citizens and how foreign policies try to address this. My upbringing directed me into choosing Politics and Economics for A level. Whilst learning about British and American politics, I read articles from The Economist and more specifically on Venezuelan politics on a website called LAPOP - the Latin American Public Opinion Project. A favourite piece of mine, written by Maria Rodriquez, is called "Problems may convert believers into non-believers in Chavez's Venezuela". Rodriguez gives a riveting account on how rising crime rates and the declining economic conditions are damaging Chavez's popularity.
Because I am a native Spanish speaker, taking A level French was not a difficult choice. The two languages have similarities but are beautiful in their own way. I am currently a member of the French Culture Club at school, watching films such as Persepolis and playing French Scrabble with other sixth form students. My Spanish is also kept fluent and I have developed complex language through political debates at home. My flair for languages is the reason I was chosen to take part in an afterschool club for learning Mandarin in Year 11. It was a weekly session taught by a visiting tutor from Shanghai, who led us through the complexity of this logographic language. In Year 12, I took on weekly Italian lessons as enrichment to broaden my affinity for European languages. Pairing this interest with my passion for international relations, I contacted a Labour MEP named Linda McAvan, the leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the Environment, Public Health & Food Safety committee. I secured work experience with her in the European Parliament at Brussels for a week during July 2011, sitting in meetings with the Envi Committee, speaking with lobbyists, and even protesting against the European fish discarding policy. Being there enhanced my knowledge and understanding of the EU system, as well as furthering my skills in research, listening and note-taking. I flourished in the surroundings and regularly listened to both the French and the Spanish translations of the speakers. It suddenly occurred to me that this is what I want to do: helping people using both my political and language skills. Working for the EU, the UN or even being an ambassador are careers that I aspire to pursue.
Other than politics and languages, I have always been interested in music. In Year 10, I joined the upper school choir, often performing lead vocals in assemblies and at fetes. Working as part of the choir was a satisfying lesson, as we all had to work in harmony in order to get a high quality end result. At the end of Year 11, I was awarded Best Female Musician 2010 by my school; a prize that had been voted on by my peers.
With all of my personal experiences, studying International Relations at university would truly help me to understand fully just how globalisation and conflict can affect the world.
Universities Applied to
- Sussex (International Relations & French) - Offer (AAB) Firm
- Kent (Politics & IR with French) - Offer (ABB) Insurance
- Exeter (IR & French) - Offer (AAB)
- UEA (IR) - Offer (ABB)
- Essex (IR with French) - Offer (BBB)
- Politics: A (B at AS)
- French: B (B at AS)
- Economics: B (C at AS)
- History AS: C
Although I missed my firm offer by a grade, they still took me and I'll be heading to Sussex in September.
I had (what I considered to be) weak AS results but every university I applied to gave me an offer. I was surprised not to be rejected from Exeter!
Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018