Hi, I am posting the below SOP/Motivation letter for review as i have to apply on Tuesday.Kindly help me proofread, criticise, and offer suggestions. Thank you.
Statement of Purpose / Motivation letter / Letter of Intent
Festivals is all about enjoying and spending time with family and friends, we do the same at the cost of environment by busting crackers. It was during Diwali- the festival of lights in 2009, when I happened to spend time in Mumbai- the city of dreams. The very first impression of the city was not soothing to the eye. Tonnes of garbage, overflowing drains, heavy traffic, road congestion and much more. By evening crackers were busting everywhere and at one point I was struggling to breathe. For next few days there was no relief and eventually all became normal again. But, was it all normal? Where did the polluted air go or is there a natural sink provided by mother earth. What is the carrying capacity of the environment and what could be done to regenerate the same. These questions kept bothering me and the eagerness to know more about the ecosystem, climate and natural resources led me to my master's programme in Indian Institute of Forest Management.
I consider myself fortunate to have trained under the guidance of highly experienced and prominent faculty Dr. Madhu Verma on Ecological Economics and Environmental Valuation. It exposed me to the harsh reality of what is at stake. We need to understand that there is an intimate connection between the economics of development and the cost of environment conservation. Heartening to see that Ecosystem Services fall outside the present configuration of markets, they remain un-priced, un-owned and unaccounted in economic terms. During my studies I realized that our environment is slowly heading to the point of no return, and unless we do something about it. I gained insight into the environmental impacts of the future climate change and the economic repercussions it would follow. As part of the course curriculum I conducted a survey to understand the relationship between poverty and environmentalism by analyzing the responses of poor to their imminent neighbourhood environmental issues. It is during such visit that I realised that now is the time to walk the talk - inclusive growth, sustainable development and minimum emissions with minimal impact to environment. During my years in college, I have given talks on topics like Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change, Silent Spring, Towards a Green Economy - Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication, Forest carbon index and The BASF Eco-Efficiency Life Cycle Tool.
During my study and field experience, I realized the importance of data analysis and number crunching, because we cannot control what we cannot measure. I felt that before going further on the way of academic research, it would be useful to get some experience on data analytics. Desire to learn analytics to support my research along with knowledge of environment and economy, landed me a job in one of the leading Microfinance Institute in bangalore. After completing my masters program, I joined the company where I am working as Market Risk Analyst. Some of my duties include data analysis, automation of reports, predictive modelling, presentations and sharing insights with the management team.
During my free time I work on freely available environment related datasets to analyse and build model. I wish to use my data analysis skills to analyse the existing model and build an efficient model that would help in sustainable development with low level of emission. We have lots of data available on the change in land use pattern, carbon emission over years, change in forest cover over years, climate change over years and many related fields. To make an informed policy decision, we need is to analyse these data, understand the future impact of the business-as-usual model and corrective measure to reduce these negative impact.
I like to think myself as an adventure seeking enthusiastic person who is capable to rise up to any challenge. I have variety of interests which include painting, travelling, trekking and running.
I now wish to continue my academic career with a PhD in Economics, and I cannot image a better place to perform my research than in the department of economics at the Norwegian School of Economics. The prospect of studying and learning in Norwegian School of Economics which has a great blend of faculty and students from all over the world excites me.
I realize the highly competitive demands of the program I am applying to, but I also believe that I acquire enough educational background and skills, ambition and motivation to cope with the requirements for a successful study at the Institute.
Thank You very much for considering my application and for your time!
Hi all, please review the SOP