One of the proudest accomplishments of my life was earning my college degree at one of the best universities in my home country, South Korea, in spite all the different types of discrimination I have gone through. Just because I am Asian living in ***, and just because I had eight years of foreign experiences, I was scoffed at as a total outsider. People’s barrier of jealousy could not win over anything but going to a top-ranked college in Korea, as Korea still had academic factionalism. I poured out my absolute commitment toward going to the top-ranked college in Korea; I wanted to show them that I was an ordinary person just like them. Happily, I was able to step a new fresh start at K** University where prejudice I experienced was nowhere to be seen. My smiles started to bloom again.
(excerpted from Personal Statement, 672 words)
~ how you may contribute to the diversification of graduate education and the UC Davis community. The purpose of this essay is to get know you as an individual and potential graduate student. Please describe how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. You may include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, community service, outreach activities, residency and citizenship, first-generation college status, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how your life experiences contribute to the social, intellectual, or cultural diversity within a campus community and your chosen field; or how you might serve educationally underrepresented and underserved segments of society with your graduate education. This essay should complement but not duplicate the content in the Statement of Purpose.
연구 업적 외의 본인을 소개 (성향, 성격, 열정 등)을 쓰는 걸로 중점을 두고, 연구 업적은 아주 간략하게 MSG 첨가하는 식으로 중간 중간에 넣었습니다. 저의 인생사를 설명하면서 겪었던 경험들을 바탕으로 어떻게 지금의 내가 되었는지 설명하는 게 가장 중요합니다. PS는 SOP만큼 중요합니다. 교수님들께서도 인터뷰 하실 때 PS 관련 내용을 은근 많이 물어보십니다. 참고하세용.
[Statement of Purpose]
I still remember the exciting moment when I read an article on how gut microbiome controls the human nervous system and behavior. I knew that microbes would somehow affect the human diet as numerous of them act as the “real engines” inside the gut, but I have never thought that gut microbes can direct human health and behavior.
(excerpted from Statement of Purpose, 616 words)
Please highlight your academic preparation and motivation; interests, specializations and career goals; and fit for pursuing graduate study at UC Davis.
- preparation and motivation may include your academic and research experiences that prepare you for this graduate program (for example: coursework, employment, exhibitions, fieldwork, foreign language proficiency, independent study, internships, laboratory activities, presentations, publications, studio projects, teaching, and travel or study abroad) and motivation or passion for graduate study.
- interests, specializations, and career goals may include your research interests, disciplinary subfields, area/s of specialization, and professional objectives.
- fit may include how your preparation, experiences, and interests match the specific resources and characteristics of your graduate program at UC Davis. Please identify specific faculty within your desired graduate program with whom you would like to work and how their interests match your own.
UCD에서는 구체적으로 무엇을 적으라는지 prompt에 적혀져 있었습니다. Prompt를 따라서 SOP를 삼등분 하였습니다. 석사 연구와 박사 때 하고 싶은 연구가 일치하지 않는 분들께서 참고하시면 더 좋을 것 같습니다!