*** PSA: This is what I submitted for scholarships and for the application. Obviously yours would be different but this can be used as an example!***
As a double-major in Public Relations and Spanish at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oswego, I have been able to gain an understanding of both subjects that has allowed me to become more passionate toward each. However, in order to further enhance my education and gain new learning experiences, I wish to study abroad in Spain for this upcoming Spring semester. I believe that this experience will not only increase my confidence when it comes to using the Spanish language on a daily basis, but it will also open my life to new cultures and captivities that will positively affect my efforts in the field of public relations. Along with the academic benefits, the study abroad experience will allow me to gain personal advantages such as intercultural communication skill-building and achieving a higher level of independence.
Academically I have done well in my Spanish classes here in the United States. However, I have always felt that in order for me to truly appreciate and grasp the language, I must spend a significant amount of time in a country that speaks it. I do not have any doubts that spending a semester in Spain will increase my competency in the Spanish language and progress my ability to speak, write, and read in confidence. Along with the advances studying abroad will provide me with for my Spanish major, it will also contribute to my Public Relations major. Public Relations requires a great deal of creativity and the ability to create and maintain relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders. By experiencing and learning about new cultures, I will be able to understand how to work with diverse clients, co-workers, and medias.
Living in a foreign country on my own will also increase my level of independence. I have a desire to travel and see the world and although it may be intimidating at times, I know that studying abroad will only make me grow as an individual. When I return from Spain, I expect that I will be able to live and work anywhere in the world without being fearful. It may be cliché, but i have learned too well that life is short. I need to take advantages of these opportunities while they are still available to me.
Studying abroad will not only provide me with new learning experiences, but it will also give me the chance to become a more independent and self-aware individual. I believe that spending time in Spain will benefit me both academically and personally. Some my future goals will benefit greatly from the study abroad experience provided by Oswego. I hope to become fluent in Spanish, allowing me to become successful when pursuing a career in Public Relations with a focus in tourism. I plan on moving to New York City immediately following graduation. I hope to work for an international company with the focus on bringing people from their homes to see the sights of New York City.
I hope this personal statement has given some insight to my life and goals and prove why the study abroad experience is essential to my future success. Thank you.
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