Sep 9, 2009 #1
Why did you choose to apply to UCF?
My decision on applying to the University of Central Florida was based on several factors. I have a few friends that are currently attending the College of Business and all have positive things to say. One thing they mention in particular is how small the student to faculty ratio is. This is a huge advantage as it would make the learning experience a lot easier in the event you have a question or concern.
I also heard that the University of Central Florida is one of the largest universities in the nation by enrollment. This is perfect for me, as I like to meet new people and learn from them. There are a lot of students at the University of Central Florida that come from throughout the world and I feel that this would go hand-in-hand with my Business Management Degree, as you would learn various beliefs and cultures. I originally applied to the University of Central Florida in late 2007 and last year, I took a tour of the campus. It is by far, the most beautiful campus I have visited. The students, faculty and staff are friendly. It's like a small-town with people obtaining a common goal.
I currently work at Walmart as a Sales Associate in the Electronics Department and feel that the Business Management degree will give me the leading edge over the competition and will also help me build my career.
In conclusion, I feel that the University of Central Florida is a perfect choice for me. I am a people person and learning various cultures and beliefs will not only help me build my career, but myself as a person. UCF stands for Opportunity and I feel that this is an opportunity I can't pass up.
What qualities or unique characteristics do you possess that would allow you to contribute to the UCF community?
I often wondered that if I asked the people I worked with for 3˝ years to best describe me, they would describe me as hard-working. I wasn't always the hard-working type. In the seventh grade, my father had passed away and I lost interest in school. As a result, my grades started to slip. It wasn't until a year later when my Math teacher told me that if I didn't get grades up to par that I would most likely not be successful in life. My mom told me that I'm the man of the household since my father had passed away. I told myself that I want to be successful in life and make a difference. From that moment forward, I pushed myself each and every day to do better.
In the tenth grade, I landed my first job at the local Winn-Dixie. My mom told me that I didn't need a job since I was still in school. I responded by letting her know that I was going to be responsible for my grades and to make sure that I had ample time for studying. She said "Ok. The minute your grades start slipping, you are quitting that job". At first, I would admit that it was difficult to study and hold down a job, but eventually I learned how to manage my time. Once I figured out how to manage my time, I quickly realized that I was on the right track. In 2004, I graduated high school with a 3.73 GPA still holding my part-time job.
Now, I currently work at Walmart in the Electronics Department, where I'm responsible for making sure that the merchandise is properly priced, flagged, and stocked. I am a team-player and will help out wherever is needed. If my mom and eighth grade Math teacher didn't push me, I don't know where I would be today. If it weren't for my Assistant Managers and Store Manager at Walmart, I wouldn't have had the opportunities to grow myself. Now, I'm going to work hard for my Bachelor's Degree so I could grow my career and myself more.