Personal Statement Essay

Philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau once said that “plants are shaped by cultivation and men by education.” My career goal is to become an accomplished financial adviser. As such, I have put myself through a rigorous educational journey to ensure that I achieve my goals. My passion for education owes its genesis to the direction taken by my family. It was inevitable I became the person I am today coming from a home with disciplined parents motivated by success. My interest in finance comes from my childhood and watching/learning from my father who has been a banker for more than 20 years. Since my early life as a child, I have always been inspired by the commitment and accomplishments of my parents. Besides my father, who is a banker, my mother owns a fashion company. Her disciplined approach towards business matters and straight talk has over time influenced my life-important decisions, especially in educational matters. 

My close relationship to my father made me develop an interest in math and economics while I was still in middle school. Since then, my path has always been determined by doing things I love. I attended honor calculus courses in high school and later in university. Later, my road towards financial management took shape while at Rutgers University, where I majored in mathematical finance and even turned my education into a hobby by joining a math club. To reinforce the concepts I learned from middle school all the way to university, I secured several work experiences. In the summer of 2012, I worked as an accountant at Ming Rui Limited. At this position, my duty was to document the company’s financial transactions. All summers from 2013 to 2015, I have served as a financial adviser assistant at China Merchants Bank. As an advisor, my duty was to research emerging market issues and recommending them to my seniors. Thus, my decision to pursue a financial management degree is influenced by my strong family and educational background, and the unwavering personal commitment in accomplishing my aspirations.