I am applying to SCAD for a Master of Arts Degree in Historic Preservation and I am working on my statement of purpose letter. It has to be between 500 and 750 words. Any feedback would be much appreciated. I feel like it is missing something, I am just not sure what.
When I was fourteen I discovered that I had a genetic heart disease known as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). Up until then, I spent my entire life on the soccer field. Once my Cardiologist informed me that I had HCM he recommended that I stop playing soccer immediately. Everything I had planned for my future completely changed on that day. From then on, I channeled my energy into art and design. It is through hardships like this that I have been able to be the person and designer that I am proud to be today.
After that point in my life I began to get involved in the art program at my high school and took as many art and design classes that fit in my schedule. I fell in love with art, interior design specifically. I loved it more than I ever loved playing soccer, and I knew that I had to spend the rest of my life designing.
I decided to attend Philadelphia University, where I received my Bachelors of Science in Interior Design. While attending college, I got the opportunity to work along side incredible professors and collaborate with students in all fields with historic Philadelphia as our backdrop. Something I really loved about attending PhilaU was that there were so many opportunities to explore and find myself. People who would support and help me through anything that I wanted to pursue surrounded me. I spent the last year of college designing a casino in an old pier building on the Delaware River for my thesis project. The project was challenging because not only was I designing a new space, I was also trying to preserve the historical characteristics of the building. My professor, Alex Messinger, helped me through all of the challenges of this project and is one of the many reasons I became so passionate about historic preservation.
I have spent the last year, after graduation, working as a designer in the interior design field where I have been fortunate enough to see my designs come to life and see the effects that a design can have on a person. I feel that I am at a point now where I would like to expand my knowledge and further my education and I believe that SCAD is the perfect place to do that.
The city of Savannah and SCAD captured my heart when I traveled there for vacation when I was fourteen. I remember being so amazed by the beauty of the city and how rich in history it was. As we walked by the big, beautiful buildings I wondered what it would be like to one day be the designer of something so great. I feel that the experiences that I had on that trip have helped me come to the decision to build upon my previous knowledge and focus my studies in the field of Historic Preservation.
One day, while driving through Savannah, I saw SCAD and knew that at some point in my educational career, I wanted to attend this school. It was not feasible at the time to attend during my undergraduate career but now, at this point in my life, I feel as though I am ready and able to become a student at SCAD via e-Learning. SCAD offers a strong design curriculum and is located in a historic area making it the perfect school to study Historical Preservation. Combining that with their outstanding professors, available technology, and its unsurpassed reputation, I feel that SCAD would help me to become the successful professional I wish to be.