rockyhill Posted October 5, 2011 Share Posted October 5, 2011 (edited) Hello everyone..I'm cramming to finish my personal statement. Just wrote the first draft, but need some thoughts. The word limit is 500, so I just kept it at around 460. Please share your comment on how I can possibly improve? Thank you! ## At 10:40 p.m., my phone rings as I hop on a cab outside my office in downtown Tokyo. It’s the press manager at Pfizer Japan, the one who arranged my interview with the company’s president earlier in the day. She apparently read the story in the first edition of The Tokyo Times and isn’t happy that I didn’t take the angle she pitched. For the next 15 minutes, she gives a semi-compelling speech to convince me into changing a few “controversial” parts for the final edition. I listen to her, rebut where needed, refuse and hang up. And then I ask myself, “What could she have said to make me call my editor?” This is the kind of question I’ve been asking myself much more lately. Having worked as a journalist for the past six years, I interacted with dozens of public relations officials of all levels in both public and private sectors. I’ve seen up close the kind of work they do and quickly developed curiosity and interest in the profession, so much that I’ve decided to pursue a master’s degree focusing on public and media relations. I know this is a challenging field of study, but I am confident that my strong background as a reporter better prepares me for the rigorous program at Johns Hopkins University. Being on the receiving end of major marketing campaigns and PR pitches, I know what stories sell in the real world. Although journalists are known to make good public relations people, I don’t want to simply rely on my career. I want to study the fundamentals because I know there is much more to the industry that I must explore. I believe my undergraduate degree in journalism and years of newsroom experience honed my writing skills and ability to meet tight deadlines, all of which will help me successfully take on a demanding curriculum. Returning to school particularly holds more meaning for me as I’ve had an unusual college experience. While attending Boston College, I had to tutor 30 hours a week to support myself, which forced me to sacrifice a large chunk of my time and energy. My grades suffered, but I avoided having to take a second leave of absence due to financial reasons. Now that I am in a better position, I am eager to focus only on my studies. Upon completing your program, I plan to take a new career path in public relations. I intend to begin in the corporate sector in the U.S. and ultimately return to Japan, where I hope to take part in the government’s efforts to promote the country’s culture overseas. I am confident that Johns Hopkins University will best equip me to play an influential role in the industry. Edited October 5, 2011 by rockyhill Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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