peoni Posted July 10, 2012 Share Posted July 10, 2012 Question:: Essay question for MLA application is "tell about an experience/person/event that has been important to me in my development". To be completely honest, the most important experience I have had was developing two chronic illnesses during my time in the military. During this year of being mostly bed ridden, I had the oppertunity to read more than I ever had in my life. I ended up finding a passion that I want to devote my life to researching --heuristics and cognitive biases. Additionally, being sick helped me to really focus my priorities--What did I really want to get out of life? I realized that I had previously chosen jobs and majors based on "what sounds cool" (physics, political science, officer in military) instead of "what can I spend hours and hours reading and never get bored. Is this an ok thing to write about? Will admitting that I have two chronic illnesses hinder my chances at getting accepted? Or, if I frame it correctly, be interpreted as something that I have overcome that helped me to really focus in on what I want to accomplish and do in life? Note: I won't actually write it like a sob story, I just am worried that is how it might come across, like I am looking for sympathy, when in fact I am just trying to honestly tell one of the most significant events in my life so far. Background: I am applying to UPENN's Masters in Liberal Arts program. The reason I am applying there is because (1) its the only interdisciplinary program I could find that lets me combine philosophy, cognitive science/physch, and artificial intelligence (2) great school and close to home and (3) My grades and differing undergrad major (poli sci and physics) wouldn't allow me enterance to a PhD progam at the current time. My end goal is to get my Masters, and then apply to either Cambridge or Oxford, both of which have research institutes that focus on the combination of these areas. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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