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"my intended major is history" - UC personal statement. Prompt 2


anastasiab17 2 / 5  
Nov 29, 2008   #1
What is your intended major? Discuss how your interest in the subject developed and describe any experience you have had in the field-such as volunteer work, internships and employment, participation in student organizations and activities-and what you have gained from your involvement.

In high school, I always told people that I would become an English major because it was my strongest subject. When I got to college though, I realized that just because I was good at something did not mean it was my passion. So, I decided to be undecided and left it at that. It was not until my second semester at Pasadena City College that I knew what my major would be. There I was, sitting at my desk waiting for the professor to walk through the door on the first day of class. History 1A, or "The History of European Civilization" was the subject of the course and I assumed that we would be bombarded with the biographies of typical historical figures and plenty of useless dates. Boy was I wrong.

Dr. Schwyzer finally arrived and without hesitation scribbled the word "history" on the board and stared at us with questionable eyes. At this point, I had no idea what was going on and neither did anybody else. Then he asked, "What does this word mean to you?" and as the room remained silent, he proceeded to give us a definition that I had never heard before. "It is the study of writing" he said, "and it is the most interesting subject of them all". This caught me off guard immediately. I had never met anyone so passionate about history, and at that very moment I became extremely curious as to why he felt that way.

Throughout the semester I took hundreds of pages of notes and listened to countless stories about great leaders and powerful empires. I absorbed every bit of information with an intensity that I had never felt before. At last, I had found my niche! Since then, I have taken as many history classes as I could. The subject has captivated me and the knowledge I have gained has proven to be more useful than I ever imagined.

Needless to say, my intended major is history and I intend to use it as a stepping stone towards a career in law.

** this one cannot be any longer than it already is...the other statement I wrote was 697 words, so I meant for this one to be short and to the point. Any input would be greatly appreciated :)

EF_Kevin 8 / 13,335 129  
Nov 30, 2008   #2
Use two commas here:

When I got to college, though, I realized that just because I was good at something did not mean it was my passion.

Needless to say, my intended major is history, and I intend to use it as a stepping stone towards a career in law.

If you can find room for one or two more sentences, perhaps by cutting a few unnecessary words, you can mention how history, as a study of writing, is also well-suited to you because of your skill in English.

Good job, I like how you were forthright about using the major as a stepping stone toward law school.


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