I'm applying to Texas A&M for Industrial Engineering and I would like some feedback on my essay for Topic A:
Statement of Purpose
I always considered myself as a creative human being. I gravitated towards Legos when I was younger since it allowed me to create anything that I desired. Having opportunities where I can let my mind roam free with endless possibilities is where my mind thrives the most. I also find myself having a natural inclination toward problem-solving and efficiency. This inclination is where I believe my strength in math and science comes from. These characteristics give me the ability to conjure up zany and weird ideas and when I find one that I think is a best fit to solve a problem, I get sort of a "Eureka!" feeling knowing that my own idea actually worked to solve that problem. The successful application of an idea or ideas are what make problem-solving so fascinating and satisfying to me. When I found out that creativity, problem-solving, and making things more efficient is exactly what Industrial Engineers deal with on a daily basis, I knew that becoming an Industrial Engineer was the right fit for me. Just knowing that I have the possibility to get involved in major engineering projects and make the world a much better place as a result of those projects makes me even more hungry to learn more about becoming an engineer.
If I was given the opportunity to go straight to a university after graduating high school instead of attending Lone Star College, I would not take that opportunity. I do not regret my learning experience at Lone Star College because it has given me a taste of what being an engineering major will entail. Calculus, Physics, and an Intro to Engineering course seemed like a daunting challenge for me but after completing these courses, I can say that I have the foundation and tools necessary to be successful to study Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M. Not only did Lone Star College provide valuable groundwork for my future in education, it also made me into the kind of person and student that I am today. In high school, I lacked the ambition and drive to pursue my education and as a result, my grades suffered. At Lone Star however, the difference was night and day. My professors genuinely cared about me succeeding in their class and just the overall environment of the college was more learner-friendly for me. I thank Lone Star College for reigniting the fire inside me to learn more and I firmly believe that they have prepared me for the next step in my college career.
Why did I choose Texas A&M? I thought about my future in terms of my career after school and came to the conclusion that this university is the right fit for me. Texas A&M's engineering college consistently ranks as having some of the top public undergraduate engineering programs in the country according to the U.S. News & World Report and it ranks second in the country in undergraduate enrollment according to the American Society for Engineering Education. I know that I'll be in good hands under the tutelage of award-winning professor Alfredo Garcia due to his Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering. It would also be a privilege to learn from Natarajan Gautam as he received the Texas A&M-IISE Most Influential Faculty Award and his research being published in a numerous amount of publications. Having the privilege to put Texas A&M University on my resume indicates to my potential employers that I received a strong education from one of the top schools in the country and it sets me above the rest of potential candidates. Another attractive feature of this prestigious university is the sense of camaraderie and companionship that exudes from the student body. Even just the simple "Howdy!" makes it seem like everyone is part of one big family. It would truly be an honor to be a part of the Aggie culture and be the first one in my family to do so.