This experience has encouraged a craving for understanding and interface with people of different cultures, as well as the need for knowing and understanding their differing economies.
My undergraduate study program was interrupted by military service but the three and a half years spent in service provided me with a solid grounding in self discipline and self awareness. This new found inner awareness led to a broader awareness of the needs of others and the necessity of being a team player and building consensus rather than working alone. It was while in service I realized my analytical aptitude, problem solving and organizational skills and my ability to motivate and lead others; these abilities helped me to attain the level of sergeant before finishing my service.
My undergraduate study at Stratford College and Ohio State University stimulated my interest in international business and economics; in particular, Paul Post, a lecturer in my International Banking classes, possessed an obvious passion for the subject. He was an extremely charismatic and credible man, who possessed a contagious positive attitude which served to motivate his students, especially me. In a very short time, he managed to stir up a new found thirst for knowledge and understanding of the global business arena, and in particular finance.
Although my GRE score is not at the required level I know that I possess the capability and aspiration to succeed in further studies, given the opportunity. I have come to realize that my weakness is in time management and that I have not, until now, realized the importance of planning and discerning between importance and urgency and effectiveness and efficiency. I propose to correct this failing by taking a time-management course prior to further study. My strengths however, are in analysis and the understanding of trends and economies. My International Trade results (above B+ for all three programs) are testimony to my strengths and enthusiasm for the subject area.
I believe that all these elements of my personality, my life and my desires, have shaped me into the person I am today. They have given me the conviction that I am best suited to my chosen field of study - Master of Economics - and in varying degrees will positively influence those studies.
On completion of my graduate studies, my short term plan is to obtain a position in one of the major companies in South Korea, such as Samsung or LG and to work my way up the ladder, learning and assimilating as much experience as possible. Until I attain the necessary skills and attributes to be a successful CEO in a multi-national company, I will not consider moving across to my father's company. Thus, I envisage working for other companies for at least five years. In this time I would expect to develop creative, innovative and visionary business acumen and to be regarded as an honest and integral man with entrepreneurial spirit.
My long term plan is not only to take over the company for my father and allow him to retire but further develop his company and take it into the international arena.
I have chosen University of South Carolina as my preferred place for graduate study because after careful