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"intended major is Psychology" - UC transfer personal statement

fairgirl99 1 / 2  
Nov 14, 2010   #1
Prompt: 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.

My intended major is Psychology. For me, Psychology is a very fascinating field where I get to know about the human mind, and how the brain functions as a control center of the whole body. Not only as it is fascinating, but being able to understand people can be very helpful for future career such as therapist or business. During my freshman year in high school, there was a period of time when depression was very overwhelming for me. I had to go through a therapy section, to learn about myself, and to gain my self- confidence back. It was a rough time for me, but it was also a starting point in where I began to find my own interest to pursuit in Psychology. I believed majoring in Psychology would be able to help me understand my own behavior, and to assist other people with their emotional and mental issue.

In 2005, I began to volunteer at Oakland Public Main Library Children Room. I was given many assignments to perform such as: laminating, organizing, and helping other people. The library was usually busy, and they did not have enough librarians to help with information and questions. As a volunteer, I had to help the librarians to assist people when needed, and that required good interacting skill. Before I volunteered at the library, I was a very shy kid, and rarely opened up to people. This was a big disadvantage in Psychology field, because Psychology required lot of interaction and observation. During the time I worked as a volunteer at the library, I had learned to interact with people effectively. Once in a while, there would be adults and children who were difficult to deal with, but I had to stay calm and polite while trying to solve their problems. These opportunities allowed me to learn how to stay calm while dealing with people in any situation.

To further my own experience, I participated in a few group counsels during my junior and senior year, so I could learn about therapy. There were many things that I learned during the time period when I was in group counseling such as: PTSD, OCD, stress, depression...etc. Each of the clients experience was unique and interesting to know. My favorite part during the section was learning how to release or cope with all these emotional issues. As I observed, when a client had successfully released himself/herself of the emotional and mental problem, the looks of delight on their face felt as if all the hard work had paid off. This made me realized that helping people to gain their self-confidence, and self-esteem all over again were something that I wanted to do. It made me feel happy and content, every time someone was able to find a purpose to live their lives again.

Situations can happen unexpected, and sometimes it was difficult to deal with emotional stress. However, it did not mean things would be impossible to do. Psychology would allow me to understand the human's mind, and to help people who could not control their emotion. For me to achieve this goal, I would hope for your consideration of accepting me and allow me to pursuit my major in Psychology.

Please let me know what you think about the essay, feedback is very important to me. Thank you!
Grace430 1 / 3  
Nov 15, 2010   #2
It seems well-rounded and answers directly what the question asks. I think it's fine :)

good luck~~
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Nov 25, 2010   #3
My intended major is Psychology.

I think if you start with a statement like this it should also specify the special interests you have within the field. You might specify a preference for cognitive and existential therapy, for example.

For me, Psychology is a very fascinating field where I get to know about the human mind, and how the brain functions----not just for you, this is whay psych is for everyone. I think this statement of the obvious should not be included.

a therapy section (session?)

My favorite part during the section---I think you should google the word "section" to see if it means what you think it means.

Situations can happen unexpected unexpectedly, and sometimes it was is difficult to deal with emotional stress. However, it did does not mean things will be impossible to do.

I think you should cite some books you have read about various kinds of psych... Read books by Maslow, Ellis, Frankl, Freud, and so forth. That way, you can mention them and use them to describe your intellectual interests.


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