Contoh ini diminta oleh salah seorang mahasiswi ex bimbingan saya, Butet (!), yang sebentar lagi mau berangkat ke Amerika (dan juga membuktikan sekali lagi bahwa lulusan Binus juga sama hausnya dengan lulusan universitas lain untuk meneruskan studi ke Master dan Ph.D ke US)..
Sebenarnya essay itu ada yang dibikinkan oleh suatu lembaga professional yang kita tinggal nelpon aja dan bilang kita mau nerusin di bidang apa, maka dia akan membuatkan. Misalnya ada di : http://www.college-essay.org/
Tapi kebetulan di subuh yang dingin ini saya menemukan satu contoh dari : http://www.justcolleges.com/essays/grad_nebraska.htm yang isinya saya copy+paste sebagai berikut :
|Sample Essay – Graduate School – University of Nebraska|
Little Lessons I’ve learned on my way
Lesson 1: Don’t Lose Your Path
My path to a college education has been filled with bumps, potholes, detours and roadblocks. The signs often read “yield” and “do not enter.” The path has not always been clear, but I’ve kept my eyes opened, focused on the road ahead, and the experience has made all the difference.
During my freshman year in high school, my mother remarried and I had to move from Colorado to Kentucky. One year later, we relocated back to Colorado after they divorced. During my junior year in high school, my mother remarried again and I had to change schools again, although we remained in Colorado. Thus, I did not have a sense of continuity during high school and although I recognized that my path would lead me to college, I was not ready to commit myself to school full time. Instead I went to work full time as a grocery clerk and worked my way up to assistant manager. I then moved into customer service work and finally fell into an advertising manager position. I took several night courses during this period until I was ready to commit to school full time. Although I could have continued with work, I knew that it was not what I wanted to do and once I committed myself to attending school and realized that I wanted to study Sociology, I have proven myself to be an above average student. This past year, I earned all “A”s in my courses.
Although it took me a bit longer to complete my undergraduate education, I consider it to be my greatest success. I paid for it, I struggled through it, and I gave up a great deal of my life for it. I also realize that my educational path is not complete. I believe that my struggles, perseverance, and triumph through my undergraduate studies qualify me as an excellent Ph.D candidate in your Political Sociology department.
Lesson 2: Become an Active Listener
I maintained a working relationship with my friends at the Institute and checked their progress weekly. I believe that the power to empathize, or the ability to put yourself in someone else’s place begins with an open mind. When I say that we must become active listeners in order to understand one another, I mean to say that there are subtle movements in our speech, certain words that we use, certain utterances that are not directed towards us, certain circumstances unrevealed to us. We must endeavor to hear all of them. I believe that this skill will help me greatly as a Ph.D candidate in your department.
Lesson 3: Learn From Your Experiences
And as I offer myself as a Ph.D candidate in your Political Sociology department, I bring to the table years of work experience which includes steady and continuous promotions, an unrelenting pursuit for knowledge, a compassion for children and people, and a belief that anything is possible if we can actively imagine it into existence. Throughout my adult life, I never lost my path and I hope that you will allow me to continue this path at the University of Nebraska
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