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Yayz 10 / 121  
Aug 11, 2010   #1
What are your career goals and how did you develop them? (50 word limit)

My career goal is to become a psychiatrist. This goal developed out of my desire to help people and my fascination with the human psyche. This is the best way for me to accomplish my wish to help humanity and enjoy my work as I practice understanding the mind.

=49 words.

Alternative sentence (27 words):

Psychology is my greatest passion and I will be most able to fulfill my desire of helping humanity and being happy through a career as a psychiatrist.

30 word limits (which they claim is enough for THREE sentences) on the following:

What are your favorite types of music?
Classical, Indie, and Classic rock are the genres of music that seem to fuse with my essence and complement my moods, thus overtaking my preferences.

=25 words

What are your favorite books or movies?
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, The Dark Knight, The Princess Bride are my favorite books and movies, respectively.

=29 words Should I get rid of a few & talk about WHY those are my favorites? I was thinking of just having A.K., The Met. & The Dark Knight listed & writing about what they had in common

What are your favorite sports?
Running is, to me, the most enchanting sport because it motivates me to find an absorbing flow in all of my activities similar to the speed that propells me forward.

=30 words

What is your favorite source of inspiration?
My e-mail is a fun source of inspiration because of the variety of topics covered from environmental or humanitarian newsletters to advertisements imploring me to quickly purchase bargain-priced ink cartrideges.

=30 words

How do you spend a typical weekday evening? (I am assuming that means once school has startd)
A typical weekday evening is spent, initially, playing with my feline companion in procrastination, progresses to an eventual completion of assignments, and concludes with either studying or reading.

=28 words

How do you spend a typical weekend? (I am assuming "typical" means statistical average)
A typical weekend commences after reading for some time, involves school work--especially for online classes--and teaching myself how to play piano, and winds down with, again, reading.

=27

Who are your heroes? What qualities in them do you admire?
Oscar Wilde is my hero not only for his wit and brilliant satire, but also for the courage with which he endured persecution for his gender preferences.

=27

What is the compliment that you have been paid that you are the most proud of? Who gave you the compliment?
"You are the craziest person I know," crazy meaning unconventional, spontanteous, and eccentric, was a complement given to me by a few of my best friends, individually.

Should I go with something a little less...odd? I wouldn't want colleges to actually think I belong in an institution oO
=27

How do you rejuvenate yourself?
I feel rejuvenated after I experience something that makes me happy. For instance, breathing in redolent air provides me with the sensation of life streaming into and coursing through me.

=30

What do you consider to be your most significant achievement?
Organizing a donation drive in my school to send supplies to Haiti is my most significant achievement because it provided an impoverished area with critical provisions.

=26

If you could change one thing about your high school, what would it be and why?
I would change my school's offer of grades from eleventh and twelfth to ninth through twelfth so that students would be able to attend it throughout their high school carreers.

=30

What historical event do you wish you could have participated in and why? (As an off-topic question, why do we use the word "historical?" It seems like "historic" does the job...then there is cyclic and cyclical...what is this "-al"?)

I wish I could have participated in Gandhi's Salt March because it was a remarkable use of non-violent civil disobedience that eventually led to India's independence from Great Britain.

=29

How do you handle obstacles that stand between you and your goals?
I try to overcome obstacles that stand between me and my goals. I often seek advice or guidance from others if I am having great difficulties in determining a solution.

=30

Should I not include part of the ? in my answer? I wasn't very sure about how to approach these ?s

Thank you! =)

ershad193 14 / 336 5  
Aug 12, 2010   #2
What are your career goals and how did you develop them? (50 word limit)
My career goal is to become a psychiatrist. This goal developed out of my desire to help people and my fascination with the human psyche. This is the best way for me to accomplish my wish to help humanity and enjoy my work as I practice understanding the mind.

Psychology is my greatest passion and I will be most able to fulfill my desire of helping humanity and being happy through a career as a psychiatrist.

Note the red ones.
Irrespective of which one you choose, you should be specific. "Helping humanity" is an overused and vague phrase. Think for sometime, and I'm sure you'll come up with a better one. You must have had a few significant experiences which motivated you to pursue psychology. Think about those, and write a sentence about one of them.

Should I get rid of a few & talk about WHY those are my favorites

Yep, I think so.

Should I go with something a little less...odd? I wouldn't want colleges to actually think I belong in an institution

Actually, I won't use the word "eccentric" as it is often used pejoratively. The rest is fine.

breathing in redolent air provides me with the sensation of life

Did you use "redolent" correctly? I thought it's used like "breathing in the air redolent with _____"

(As an off-topic question, why do we use the word "historical?" It seems like "historic" does the job...then there is cyclic and cyclical...what is this "-al"?)

"Historic is usually used to describe something that is so important that it is likely to be remembered: Today is a historic occasion for our country.

Historical usually describes something that is connected with the past or with the study of history, or something that really happened in the past: I have been doing some historical research.ÇWas Robin Hood a historical figure?"

[Source: Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary]


Gandhi's Salt March

It's actually called "Salt March to Dandi" or simply, "Dandi March".

Why do they ask all these questions? All these make the entrance exams in India look a whole lot nicer.
OP Yayz 10 / 121  
Aug 12, 2010   #3
you should be specific

The word limit is driving me crazy...>< Okay, attempt #2, I tried to restrain my habit of sounding overly-formal:
What are your career goals and how did you develop them? (50 word limit)
I intend to become a psychiatrist because I am fascinated by the human mind and the wide variety of mental illness it can succumb to. After learning of the anguish people with mental illness suffer from the experiences of my psychology professors, I was compelled to alleviate their suffering.

Yep, I think so

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, and The Dark Knight all present a powerful depiction of the chilling effects of modern society on humanity.

won't use the word "eccentric"

"You are the craziest person I know," crazy meaning unconventional, and spontanteous, was a complement given to me by a few of my best friends, individually.

"redolent"

I wanted to write "I feel rejuvenated after I experience something that makes me happy. For instance, breathing in air redolent of lfe provides me with a sensation similar to electricity streaming into and coursing through me." But that goes over the limit and I thought it sounded odd so, yeah...oO

How 'bout this version? It fits into the word limit:
I feel rejuvenated after I experience something that makes me happy. For instance, breathing in air redolent of lfe provides me with a sensation similar to electricity coursing through me.

I still think that sounds weird. I really don't like this question o.o

I just don't like the word "historical," I don't know it sounds weird oO

It's actually called "Salt March to Dandi" or simply, "Dandi March"

Really? I read an article that said "Gandhi's Salt March" oO Okay, thank you!!!

Why do they ask all these questions?

Hahaha It's because they like torturing unsuspecting students! I guess to learn about our personalities & what-not =/ They are so weird, though ><

Thank you, Ershad =))
ershad193 14 / 336 5  
Aug 13, 2010   #4
I intend to become a psychiatrist because I am fascinated by the human mind and the wide variety of mental illness it can succumb to. After learning of the anguish people with mental illness suffer from the experiences of my psychology professors, I was compelled to alleviate their suffering.

Looks better than the last one, but I didn't like this part -- "I was compelled..."

breathing in air redolent of lfe

What do you mean by this? I can't seem to connect this part with the first sentence.

Really? I read an article that said "Gandhi's Salt March"

It's not incorrect, just informal.
In India we'd say Gandhiji's Salt March to Dandi. But you don't have to use the "ji".

They are so weird, though

I agree. Maybe, that's why they like weird students. :)
OP Yayz 10 / 121  
Aug 13, 2010   #5
compelled

Funny, yesterday I actually mentioned to someone that I am beginning to use that word too much and it is becoming an annoying habit. I need to stop being compelled haha. I think determined could work...I didn't use that word yet, did I?

I can't seem to connect this part with the first sentence

I thought it was assumed that air made me happy oO
OK, should I just erase the whole thing and write about mustard or something?...

Gandhiji's Salt March to Dandi

Cool, thanks! I didn't know ^^
ershad193 14 / 336 5  
Aug 13, 2010   #6
I think determined could work...I didn't use that word yet, did I?

Don't feel "compelled" to change that :D
Let's see what others have got to say. (You know what, I think this contributor status scares off some members. They probably think we are better than we actually are)

I thought it was assumed that air made me happy oO
OK, should I just erase the whole thing and write about mustard or something?...

I don't know.
The word "life" confused me. What does "redolent of life" mean? (Don't take it too seriously though. I'm not a very perceptive reader)
OP Yayz 10 / 121  
Aug 13, 2010   #7
Don't feel "compelled" to change that :D

Haha very clever =) Well, I have a month to decide on a word XD

They probably think we are better than we actually are

Another interesting observation, Ershad. Maybe a "terminator" status should be created to downgrade the importance of "contributor" (mostly I think it would just be rather amusing)

"redolent of life"

Hmmm...I guess it's like when you hold the teeny-tiny hand of a new-born baby or run your hand over a dew-soaked leaf and you just feel this beaming aura of life...I'm kind of trying to say that air is that way too, in that your sense of smell experiences that ethereal life sensation...oO

Okay, I guess I shall have to obtain another opinion before I decide to write about mustard or some other condiment.

Thanks again!! =D
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,324 129  
Aug 14, 2010   #8
My career goal is to become a psychiatrist.

This will be better if you tell about some schools of thought you favor... existential, cognitive, etc. What theorists are your favorite? I know you have only 50 words to use, but you should specify which areas of specialization appeal to you.

:-)

I like the first one better, the longer one.

speed that propells me forward.

Speed does not propel. Speed is a result of propulsion. Something else is propelling you.... :-)

(As an off-topic question, why do we use the word "historical?" It seems like "historic" does the job...then there is cyclic and cyclical...what is this "-al"?)

Yeah, I guess you just choose based on the meter you want for your poem, including poems in the form of essays.

You gave some great answers. They will definitely accept you...
OP Yayz 10 / 121  
Aug 14, 2010   #9
This will be better if you tell about some schools of thought you favor... existential, cognitive, etc. What theorists are your favorite? I know you have only 50 words to use, but you should specify which areas of specialization appeal to you.

O.O That is like stuffing one of my socks into a thimble.../hyperventilates, then runs around screaming "Freud!" before tripping over a cigar/...Okay, now that the melodramatic/humorous portion of the hour has concluded I might be able to think clearly...but, but, there are so many...there are the famous ones and more obscure ones with amazing theories but with some flaws...and...and...ok, so much for thinking clearly -_- Plus my problem with the "school of thought" thing is that multi-school, so to speak, approaches generally work better...like Nature and Nurture rather than just one...and then there's the whole medication thing, too

Okay, /deep breath, thining cap on/...I wanted to mention some specifics like cognitive-behavioral therapy, maybe, or Erik Erikson but I ran out of room...is this alright?

While on the surface my career goal appears to be simply becoming a psychiatrist, I aspire to embody something more meaningful. Although there is a medley of theory that is used in the application of psychology, I intend enlist the best combination that would help a particular patient.

(48 words)

Speed does not propel. Speed is a result of propulsion.

Hahaha that's right! (Not to mention I had an extra "l") Good thing physics is only a hobby of mine! I initially thought of writing inertia but decided it didn't make any sense and sounded out of place...

Something else is propelling you.... :-)

Ok, try #2:

Running is, to me, the most enchanting sport because it motivates me to find a flow in all of my activities similar to running's absorbing rush of energy.

(28 words)

Thank you Kevin! You really pushed me in the right direction with these questions =)
ershad193 14 / 336 5  
Aug 14, 2010   #10
Oh, one more thing.

I thought if you study psychology (a social science), you become a psychologist.
If you study psychiatry (a medical science), you become psychiatrist.

Psychology = study of the psyche
Psychiatry = study of the psyche w.r.t. the anatomy of the brain.

So what do you want? Some interdisciplinary stuff...

Mind clarifying that?
OP Yayz 10 / 121  
Aug 14, 2010   #11
I want to become a psychiatrist but I am going to get my Undergrad degree in Psychology since it doesn't really matter much for medical school as long as I finish my pre-med requirements. I want to be a medical doctor (like the typical one you would find in a hospital) as much as I want to be a psychiatrist. I was also considering double-majoring or minoring in Biology but that's more of a back-burner idea I am not very concerned with now. So I want to be a psychiatrist, ultimately, but for the sake of applying to Undergrad unis I'm focusing on my major--psychology...so, I study both haha
ershad193 14 / 336 5  
Aug 14, 2010   #12
Really? That's so cool!

You can't do that in India. Here you need to obtain an undergrad degree in medicine if you want to be a doctor. Then, if you want to be a psychiatrist, you have to choose psychiatry as your field in your post grad studies.
OP Yayz 10 / 121  
Aug 14, 2010   #13
Yeah, I was actually pretty confused in regards to what I was supposed to do and, after asking MANY people (mostly my psychology professors), I found out that Undergrad really doesn't matter...you can major in underwater basket-weaving and still go to Law or Med School as long as you complete the respective requirements. This was pretty hard to believe at first (hence my zealous inquiries), but now I finally get it! (or at least hope I do, sort of) It's always interesting to learn about the norms in other countries. India's course seems to be more or less the same, just more logical with less room for whimsy; but I am sure if a student is creative enough, he or she can create plenty of his/her own whimsy! ^^
ershad193 14 / 336 5  
Aug 14, 2010   #14
you can major in underwater basket-weaving and still go to Law or Med School

haha...you're funny.

And yeah whimsy...whatever that means ;)
I always end up learning new words after conversing with you -- so thanks for that :)
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,324 129  
Aug 15, 2010   #15
While on the surface my career goal appears to be simply becoming a psychiatrist, I aspire to embody something more meaningful.

Yep, well as you said you need the best combination for each patient. But part of the equation is you. If I were applying right now, I would tell them that my interests are most interested by the work of Maslow (The hierarchy), Frankl, (logotherapy) Ellis (REBT), and Ericksonian hypnosis. If you tell what most inspires you, that does not preclude anything. Anyone can say they will use a combination of techniques, but showing what methods you favor proves that you really are serious and well-read. :-)

And as Ershad mentioned, psychiatry involves prescribing meds, setting it apart from other applications of psych. We as readers want to know you and all the details about you.

Oh.. I see some interesting discussion between you two about that... Well these are very good, anyway! I like "medley of theory "
craving4suga 3 / 6  
Aug 15, 2010   #16
I feel that you should talk about your career goals in a metaphor. It would stand out to readers.
OP Yayz 10 / 121  
Aug 15, 2010   #17
Okay, I tried again

While my career goal focuses on becoming a psychiatrist, I explore related fields as I build depth in this area. Although there is a medley of theory that is used in the application of psychology, as well as medicine administered in psychiatry, I plan to study sensation and perception more.

(50 w) Wait...did I lose the "how did you develop these goals" part?

I really am interested in that but there isn't really much room..
Craving4suga, that's a good idea but I already barely have enough room to explain myself frankly...that would be fun but I just don't think I can make it work =( Maybe I'll save that for an essay =)

Thanks for bearing with me =)
OP Yayz 10 / 121  
Aug 15, 2010   #18
I think, for the favorite books/movies, I want to replace Anna Karenina with Things Fall Apart by Acebe Chinua. I just remembered reading that book, I love it, and I think the modernization theme is more obvious in it than in Anna Karenina...that's okay?

haha...you're funny.

And yeah whimsy...whatever that means ;)
I always end up learning new words after conversing with you -- so thanks for that :)

Haha thank you =D Happy I can help? =)
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,324 129  
Aug 17, 2010   #19
Things Fall Apart by Acebe Chinua.

That is a great choice!! Is it ... um... I think you reversed the names though: chinua achebe

I think it will be impressive if you can discuss the theme a little bit. AND make connections to things going on in the contemporary world.
OP Yayz 10 / 121  
Aug 17, 2010   #20
I think you reversed the names though

Ha...yes I did. Do you know how to pronounce it? I've been wondering...oO

Fav. Books and/or movies? Max. 30 w

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and The Dark Knight all present a powerful depiction of the chilling effects of modernization on humanity.

28 w

I think it will be impressive if you can discuss the theme a little bit. AND make connections to things going on in the contemporary world.

Is that enough? I feel like it is pretty vague but how much can I squeeze into 30 words? Also, I'm not sure if chilling is the right word either. I feel like "negative" is too blunt..
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,324 129  
Aug 19, 2010   #21
Do you know how to pronounce it?

Nope. In my mind it rhymes with Kahlua um... ach... baybay...

hahah I don't know.

...chilling effects of modernization on humanity.---maybe this is too general. Maybe you can find a more specific way to express their common themes. Instead of 'modernization' you can maybe find something more specific.. I can't though! because I am unfamiliar with one of them (Dark Knight)
OP Yayz 10 / 121  
Aug 19, 2010   #22
(Dark Knight)

Yeah that also makes it kind of tough since it is a recent movie, but that is why I included it--it is more of a challenge to find the link.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and The Dark Knight present the devastating effects of modernization on society, from Western encroachment on traditional African life to rampant crime and, thus, fear in New York.

39 words...over the limit again (maybe if I take out the authors' names? that would still make it only 33w) ...I'm mostly trying to get the psychological similarities across but there is no room

Thanks again!=)
Kimathi 6 / 45  
Aug 22, 2010   #23
Do you know how to pronounce it? I've been wondering...oO

Chinua: Chi (as in Chipmunk) nu (as in greek N) a (as in apple)

Achebe: A (as in apple) che (as in checkers) be (as in Ben)

lol! Hope that helped.

the devastating effects of modernization on society, from Western encroachment on traditional African life to rampant crime and, thus, fear in New York.

Way better that the first!

Western encroachment on traditional African life

try "Western colonization of Africa"??

I hate these word limits!! Sorry.. :)


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