I would like to undertake a master’s
degree at UNT Dallas because I am very dedicated to pursue a career in public leadership.
I have chosen to study at UNT Dallas because it is an institution that is committed
to empower students through experiential learning. UNT Dallas offers students
the opportunity to become leaders in the community across a variety of fields. I’m ready to acquire the skills necessary to successfully
implement projects within Dallas County and to develop my leadership qualities.
I gained an Interest in public
leadership while pursuing my bachelor’s degree. My senior year of undergrad I
took upon two positions within my sorority and we held symposiums for the youth
to teach them money management techniques for the future, hosted events that brought
awareness to aids, and volunteered countless hours helping the neighborhood. I felt torn because leading up to my senior
year I thought that I wanted to become a marketing research analyst. Even though I had a secured job in the field that
I was studying, I decided to accept a non-paid internship offer at the Legacy
Counseling Center which is an organization dedicated to providing special
services to individuals challenged with HIV and Aids. There I learned how to
build relationships with other non-profits and how to budget and plan
resources. I enjoyed my time there because I was able to see a change in the people’s
lives that I served.
I am currently a clerk for the
Dallas County District Clerk’s office at the Henry Wade Justice Center. Every day I interact with the public in order
to provide them information by using the most technologically advanced method
that is possible. Every day we are encouraged to develop new ideas in order to
improve productivity. One day my supervisor expressed to me how there are many
workers within the county but not enough leaders. I believe that studying at
UNT Dallas will help me become the leader that I always wanted to see in my
county. I want to help others and plan strategies that will impact as many
people as possible.
Public Leadership involves managing
people and resources, analyzing data, applying public and governmental policy,
and always acting in the public’s best interest. A public leader is also expected
to act in the most ethically responsible way. I have noticed that this has
become a problem in our society. Recently, many leaders have been exposed for
their lack of ethical judgment. These individuals have been exposed for
allocating public funds for personal use, harassing employees, and failing
citizens in need during natural disasters. I know that public leadership will
require me to create and adhere to higher ethical standards even though at
times, it may be greater than my individual level of morals.
I am drawn towards UNT Dallas because your program
is devoted to helping people who may already be working in the public sector. I
have matured within the last 3 years and I am confident that I have finally found
the path that I want to pursue. I am ready to challenge myself to become a servant
leader and create a meaningful change within Dallas County.