Are there educational, personal, cultural, economic, or social experiences, not described in your Statement of Purpose, that have shaped your academic journey? If so, how? Have any of these experiences provided unique perspective(s) that you would contribute to your program, field or profession?
Several educational, cultural, economic, or social experiences that have not been described in my statement of purpose have also affected my academic journey. First of all, the people in my culture consider schooling as one of the necessities in life, and they make sure that all the children in society are entitled to an education. The fact that the people in society perceive education as an important thing in life made me think the same way and had a positive attitude towards it. I can, therefore, confirm that the attitude of the people towards education is what has shaped my career journey and made me understand the importance of education in my life. A person who has not gone to school or has no career is not held in high esteem in my society, and that is what makes the people embrace education. It is important to note that such an attitude has played an important role in eliminating the causes of illiteracy in society. The people in my culture hold business economics with high regard and that is one of the issues that made me decide that I was going to follow the career. The fact that many people in my community and society have respect for people with careers has influenced me to look for a career that will also make me an important person in society. I can, therefore, confirm that my culture played a significant role in the career I chose and the progress that I have made so far; hence it cannot be ignored.
Have your life experiences and educational background informed your understanding of the barriers facing groups that are underrepresented in higher education?
My life experiences and the educational background have informed my understanding of the barriers that the groups that are underrepresented in higher education face in pursuit of knowledge. First of all, people have to pay for their education to be allowed in school. The fact that most of the minorities do not have enough money to fund their education explains the reason why most of them are not in school. I belong to a fairly financially stable family, but at times paying the fees was somehow a struggle meaning that the people from minority families have a hard time when it comes to paying the necessary fees for their education. The other thing that I have noted during my education journey is the fact that people need encouragement in their pursuit of education. They need assurance that it is possible. One of the reasons why I have excelled in my education is the fact that I have reliable mentors that help me in believing that I can succeed. Most of the people that come from the minority communities lack mentors that will help them in pursuing their education goals. The government and the members of the civil society, therefore, have the responsibility of making sure that the people in the society have mentors that will help them in pursuing their education goals. I have also realized that people from minority communities do not have equal education opportunities.