Statement of Purpose

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Statement of Purpose – A two-to-three page Statement of Purpose that describes the strengths and any weaknesses of your academic background, research interests, reasons for pursuing a Master's program in Economics at the University of San Francisco and your educational and career goals.

When I began planning for college, I looked for a very rigorous school focused on math and science. I want a school that will be extremely challenging academically. After four years, I want to look back and be able to say that I learned as much as possible. Using these criteria, Caltech quickly rose to the top of my list. The academic program seems to be very vigorous and varied. The housing system is also very appealing to me. To a New Englander who is getting sick of cold winters, the Southern Californian weather doesn’t look too bad either. Most importantly however, the atmosphere of the school seems to be exactly what I want. I long to be in a place where I am surrounded by people at least as motivated as I am, and where everyone has diverse interests. I want a place where I can do meaningful research, even as an undergraduate. Above all else, I want to be in an environment where I know I can trust everyone around me. The Honor Code of Caltech addresses this concern very well. On many levels, it seems that Caltech perfectly matches what I desire in a college.

I also think that I am exactly what Caltech is looking for in a student. I have always done well in school, but I have never felt like the curriculum was pushing me to my limits. I spend a lot of my free time learning about things I am interested in, and I have acquired a lot of knowledge about a wide range of topics, from Japanese to music theory to electronics. I am always hungry for more information. I believe I would contribute greatly to the college community. I try to be the best person I can, and I am always trying to improve myself. I work well under pressure, and I try not to let the pressure affect my...
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