My name is Wael Alkhatib, and I am a Canadian citizen currently studying at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Along with this letter, I am sending you my complete application form, through the National Student Exchange, for you to consider my admission to Stony Brook University’s fall 2011 semester.
Because your institution is highly regarded by scholars and specialists from around the world, I understand a great number of exchange students must apply each year to be admitted to Stony Brook University. In order to help you make a decision, I will try to expend succinctly about myself, my background, my goals, and why I believe I would make a great addition to your student body.
Sometimes grades can be misleading: an otherwise excellent student, going through a personal or familial crisis, can see his results deteriorate drastically over the period of a semester, or even a whole year. In my case, though, they show a direct, simple story: the evolution of my motivation and my work ethic over the last four years.
A glance at my academic record transcript will show you that I have started my university studies on the wrong foot. Indeed, I “completed” my first semester in fall 2006 with a catastrophic 1,58 GPA! I could state many excuses for this mediocre start, but I will simply say that I was not taking my studies seriously: unregistering from classes when the workload was too significant, dropping out of those I was not immediately interested in, etc. But that first year had the effect of a wake-up call: I needed to start applying myself or reconsider my future. Thus, during the summer break, I began setting up some clear goals: I decided I wanted to experience an exchange in another country, after discussing with a friend who had had the privilege of studying abroad. Over the next semester, something else became clear to me: I wanted to obtain my master’s degree and teach literature. Now, these objectives meant that I needed to...