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Essay #1
Score: 4.0
For as long as I can remember I’ve known what I wanted to do with my life. Science has
always been a passion of mine, and medicine in particular has interested me for some
time. Dedicating my life to improving the lives of others is very appealing to me. After
Michigan State, I plan on advancing to medical school to become a physician. I believe
this program will offer me valuable skills that cannot be taught in the classroom.
Throughout high school and college thus far I have taken a rigorous curriculum and
maintained a 4.0 grade point average. During high school I was involved in a physician
shadowing program called medical mentorship. In addition, I volunteered at Sparrow
Hospital this fall in patient transport. I am very familiar with and comfortable in clinical
settings. I am responsible, focused, hard working and easy to get along with. I
participated in a Freshman Study Abroad program this summer and thoroughly enjoyed
it. Studying in a foreign country was an experience unlike any I’ve had. The classes were
challenging and thought provoking. The city was breathtaking and I met many friends
who I still keep in touch with.
Although I plan on practicing medicine in the United States, I believe that studying the
differences between the British health care system and that of the United States would
benefit me a great deal in the future. It would be a valuable opportunity for me to shadow
a British physician, and compare that experience to the clinical exposure I’ve had in the
United States. By participating in this program I hope to eventually combine the best of
both worlds into my medical education and eventual practice. I plan to learn valuable
skills that will one day make me a better doctor.
Essay #2
Score: 4.0
My academic and professional goals are one as I apply to American Religious Studies
Ph.D. programs. I want to study in Rome, home of the religious heart of Catholicism, to
reexamine a tradition that shaped the imagination of my youth and continues to influence
my approach to religious studies. I value the skills that studying in Rome would provide
for looking to international religions for new ways of understanding religion in America.
In graduate school I hope to study under Dr. [name withheld], who researches Catholic
mysticism at [name withheld]. My experiences near the Vatican will persist beyond next
summer to influence my research on American Catholicism under [name withheld]’s
mentorship.
I am seeking an undergraduate capstone experience. Before freshman year at MSU I
spent thirteen months as a Congress-Bundestag ambassador in the German cities of
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