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"I learned to appreciate history" - Personal Statement


babyletsgoxo 1 / 1  
Nov 8, 2010   #1
Okay this is my first time posting here, and I'm looking for some help on my personal statement.
For the SUNY App..
Please provide additional information (up to 250 words) that will help us better understand your academic performance.
(I'm also going to be a math teacher. But I hope writing about history for this would be alright..)

Throughout my high school years I have always strived for the best grades I could achieve, and the grades that I received did not come easy to me. My weakest subject when I entered high school was social studies. I always found it very hard to remember all of the dates, wars, and historical figures in this class. At times, the memorizing would be too overwhelming and I did not care to learn about history. My attitude was very, "Who cares about what happened 200 years ago anyways?" My outlook of history could not have been more wrong. During high school, I started to realize that history is an essential subject to comprehend and be knowledgeable about, so I began to appreciate the subject more. By the time junior year came around when I took United States history, I could finally say, "I enjoy history class." My teacher thoroughly explained the material, used notes that were easy to understand, and prepared activities that reinforced what we were learning. This teacher also inspired me to become a teacher myself. He made the class fun and educational at the same time. At the end of this course, I received a 98 on the United States history Regents exam and an overall class average of 94; I couldn't be happier with these grades. Receiving these grades in United States history has shown me that being dedicated, hard-working, and determined really does pay off.

This is also very close to 250 words, any way I could trim it down?
dumi 1 / 6,927 1592  
Nov 8, 2010   #2
Hi,

Hope this would help you trim down the number of words;

I always found it very hard to remember all of the dates, wars, and historical figures in this class.
I always struggled to memorize historical dates, figures, and events in this class.

At times, the memorizing would bebecame too overwhelming and I did not care to learn about lost my interest in the subject history .

During high school, I started to realizeingthatthe importance of learning history is an essential subject to comprehend and be knowledgeable about , so I began to appreciateing the subject more.

Also ,
My attitude was very, "Who cares about what happened 200 years ago anyways?" My outlook of history could not have been more wrong . ---------I find this statement (in red) is a bit confusing. I really dont get your idea clearly.
Seniorgarcia 2 / 2  
Nov 9, 2010   #3
I only got 240 words for your personal statement, so I think you are Okay.

Heres my tips:
-I not sure if giving your exact score on your exams is necessary, because if they are looking at your grades they can probably see you've done well.

-Mayby rephrase, "my attitude was very" to something a bitt different. "very" doesn't seem to fit.
- How did you begin to realize history was important? when or how did the change happen?
OP babyletsgoxo 1 / 1  
Nov 9, 2010   #4
Thanks so much dumi and seniorgarcia! :) Good suggestions from both of you.
pshizz 2 / 4  
Nov 9, 2010   #5
The first sentence is a run on. Put a period where the comma is.

other than that, excellent job.


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