Personal statementIn far future, inscription on my tombstone will say ???The World Rests Here,??? and this is my life mission. When I was a high school student in Korea, I wanted to apply to Kyung Sang University as a business major, but I was not able to because my test scores were not competitive enough to apply. Instead, my teacher advised me to apply with a different major to gain acceptance. I was accepted into the agriculture major program, and I attended the university for a year despite my lack of interest in the subject matter.
After a year, I enlisted into the Korean military. Leaving my family behind for the first time, I experienced a very difficult time in the military for 26 months. In difficult times, I learned to be patient and responsible; within this difficult time, I made a decision to undergo another world so that I can further broaden my perspective. I gave up the thought of returning as a student and decided to learn business first hand by traveling to China, where I learned the core principles of business as well as the Chinese language and culture. I went to Tianjin city near Beijing, and I enrolled in a Chinese language academy for six months. I was housed in the dormitory for international students and was exposed to students of different cultures and backgrounds.
This was a valuable time for me because I learned how to appreciate those who are different from what I was accustomed to. Within several months, I learned enough Chinese to communicate with people, so I began to expand my social and business networks. After six months, I decided to work at my uncle??™s furniture manufacturing firm in the China that had nearly five hundred employees. There I learned the majority of my business management and organizational skills; I lived in the factory and worked on average of sixty hours per week. I suppose I learned everything from the bottom up; I operated forklifts, managed schedules, helped pack and ship products for export, dealt with customers, and did whatever I could to learn the working of a company. During my three years at my uncle??™s company, I truly learned the concepts of business first hand and I excelled. I was promoted to a branch manager position where I began to engage concepts of leadership.
As the branch manager, I learned important of people, accounting, manufacturing, exporting, managing, purchasing materials, and forecasting future business markets. Of course, I did not go about this without any mistakes; I had my shares of mishaps but I quickly learned to turn things around and to minimize damage. Sometimes I wonder how much better I would be if I had studied business from a university; since I have experienced business from the hands on perspective, I would certainly understand and apply the principles much better when learning from an educational institute. I decided to pack up and head to the United States to learn English and business. I realized that doing business is not easy without sufficient business knowledge.
Now I want to learn business skills at the University of California and return to my uncle??™s company to help his business in the United States. After obtaining a bachelors degree, I feel that I will be able to better apply myself towards my business goals. I learned sociality from my father who is a business man and a politician; I learned importance of people and different culture from my time in China; I ultimately learned the social responsibility of corporations from corporate image of the United States. I look forward to not only receiving a fine education from the University of California but also adding value to class with my unique work background.Intended Major??¦??¦??¦??¦??¦??¦. I came to the US with the intention of studying English and business. I spent most of my time studying at Chaffey College and working. I took ESL and mathematics courses.
I was a unique experience for me because although I have taken many mathematics classes in Korea, I realized that the English language is fundamental to learning in any environment. During my time at Chaffey College I learned accounting, economics, basic business classes, but most importantly I believe that I have picked up how to study in an American university setting. During the time I have stayed in the US, I have learned a lot about American culture and society??”I have always wanted to know how Americans and international people do business. This is something I look forward to becoming more experienced in the future.
In the mean time, I study and work every day. I am proud of maintaining college courses while working at my uncle??™s company in Rancho Cucamonga; my uncle always allows me to work as an intern so that I can gain more work experience while I am here. My father always used to tell me to study hard and focus on school work rather than work to get into a good university, but I feel that balancing both is much more important to me right now. I work roughly sixteen to twenty hours per week. I learn about importing furniture, accounting, organizing stocks, and managing relationships with coworkers.
Now, since I have received permission from my parents to transfer to the University of California, I am applying as a business/economics major to receive my bachelor??™s degree. I intend to study business and economics at the University of California and prepare to face the forthcoming challenges of my life. I believe that I can be the person that bring about changes and lead people by understanding others??™ importance. I believe this is the quality that will be valuable for me to further hone my business skills.