Hello! I'm planning to apply to the scholarship through embassy track, and must choose 3 universities. This is my personal statement, which includes motivation to apply for the program, to study in S.K., and also my work related to my chosen major, which is Visual Communication Design. Would really appreciate any feedback!
personal statement essay
There is a growing potential in the digital content industry that is attracting more and more attention, especially due to the social phenomenon that focuses on design and emotions. The world has gone from one driven by hardware and labor power, to one that is mainly focused on the software of culture, content, and design. Digital content design is at the center of the era of ''soft power'' to which South Korea has adapted wonderfully. And it is because of this - and many other reasons that I will share later on this statement-, that continuing my education in South Korea has been one of my main goals, which at the same time became one of the main motivators during the last 3 years of study of my Bachelor's degree in Advertising.
Through this program, I will be able to study without financial worries, which was one of the biggest obstacles and limitations during my previous years of study, especially after the passing of my father back in 2015. Despite that, and though I did go through many hardships to finish my degree, I never once considered giving up and instead decided to work even harder so I could better my grades and gain as much knowledge as possible, which I believe are qualities that make me a good candidate for this amazing program.
South Korea's educational system has adjusted to modernization while also keeping its traditional values, and noticeably didn't take long for it to be one of the leading countries in this high-value cultural industry, which has also been very attractive to me. I think that education opens many doors that would otherwise remain closed not only in the professional environment but also in one's self-discovery, and while it does not guarantee success in life, it definitely impacts our chances. This is another reason why studying in South Korea would mean a lot, as it will indeed increase my knowledge in the career path I have chosen since a very young age, as well as my personal and professional skills, which I intend to use in favor not only of my country but to also give back to the ever-evolving Korean society.
Likewise, I will have the opportunity to explore the Korean culture, which has been of interest to me since 2016. The gastronomy that is full of interesting flavors and textures, a beautiful sounding language, and especially the arts field -literature/poetry, music, TV & films, and, of course, the astonishing architecture that has mostly kept the enchanting origins- all are factors that have also lead me to choose South Korea for my graduate studies.
Despite having tried Korean food on many occasions here in the Dominican Republic, and even being motivated to cook some of the most common dishes myself, as well as attending some public Korean festivals and activities, watch numerous Korean contents, being in touch with the culture in my daily life through social media and other mediums, and finally starting to study the language, I still believe that getting to know a culture from its country of origin, explore and travel around, as well as surround myself with its people, can give better insights that I can't simply get from just visiting or through the media.
Since I turned 18 years old and was given the chance to be involved in a work environment, I have had the opportunity to work for and with North American clients, giving me experience in the customer service and sales fields. This in turn has allowed me to better understand the reasoning behind consumer's decisions, their needs, and how to approach them, which are fundamentals of both Advertising and Design. I did as well manage a few social media accounts for some acquaintances, took part in the branding design for some of my friend's and family's businesses, and sold merchandise of original illustrations as a side hustle. And though not professionally, I have helped in the editing of a novel and a poetry book, and have experience in scriptwriting for both video and radio commercials. All these and many other experiences have nurtured my skills, but I would love to further develop them through the intended Master's degree in Visual Communication Design, which is not offered in my country.
It would be an honor to be chosen as one of the awardees of this scholarship, as it will help me achieve my academic and career goals, and will also allow me to exchange my personal and career-related experiences after the completion of the program in the benefit of both cultures and countries.