Give a self-appraisal of your strengths, weaknesses, and the personal qualities that you believe will contribute to your success in your chosen field of study. Include those personal characteristics that you anticipate will need development in your education and training. Summarize your professional goals and any significant and relevant experiences that strongly impact your self-awareness and ultimate decision to pursue your chosen career.
Careful reflection has made me consider commitment to clinical excellence as one of my strengths. In my current practice as a registered nurse, I struggle to give the best possible service to my patients which is only possible if I have both the functional and soft skills that are imperative for effective performance of the role. An effective nurse must not be familiar with content and firm theoretical grounding; instead, she must also be able to enhance the self-esteem of her patients, empathize, and have strong interpersonal skills in dealing with his colleagues – excellence is thus viewed holistically. I also feel that my dedication to clients with behavioral and mental health issues is also one of my strengths. In retrospect, I have realized the sheer fortitude and commitment necessary to effectively care for this group. It all begins with the willingness to serve them, and to work with a multi-disciplinary team for their treatment. In dealing with their treatment, I do not only consider their physical needs; more importantly, I try to understand the social and emotional issues that go with their illness. Again, the importance of holism in treating patients is underscored. Yet another strength is my determination to make a difference in the lives of immigrants who are experiencing such behavioral or mental health issues. I have particular compassion for this group who do not have ready access to quality healthcare and are usually among indigent communities. I feel that my profession and my services take on more meaning when they are dedicated to those in direst need. Finally, I feel that I have developed superior problem solving skills in my 6-year stint as a registered nurse. I have been very keen at optimizing the insights gained from clinical exposure, and take every opportunity that I can to transform these into valuable learning experiences. I am constantly inquisitive, requesting to be coached when in need of clarification. I am also a very eager learner and am most willing to be mentored.
One of my weaknesses is having no actual experience with any kind of group therapy. Honestly, I have limited theoretical knowledge of clinical psychology, particularly of behavioral models ad new techniques used in both individual and group therapy and of psychological testing. While I have several weaknesses, I would like to work at improving these through hard work. Because I am an advocate of clinical excellence, I would work to acquire these requisites of a solid theoretical foundation. I feel I am an exceptional listener, am honest and trustworthy, and am an accurate historian. I am also prudent in anticipating problems, am an effective critical thinker, and problem solver. In the near future, I would like to focus on acquiring knowledge and skills on both individual and group therapy. Moreover, I would like to be familiar with testing and diagnosis of mentally ill patients.
I have very lofty professional goals; I eventually want to have my own office and to cater specifically to immigrants who are afflicted with mental health problems. They are particularly prone to suffering from these because of the difficulty of their migration to the US. They are also not spared of problems in marriage, child rearing, among others. I intend to be a renowned specialist for immigrant communities – I want my practice to stand for respect for cultural diversity and a passion for service for the marginalized. It would give me immense joy and fulfillment knowing that I have helped someone make a meaningful transition from their country to ours, being accustomed to a new set of norms and ways of living. Many of these people have difficulty disclosing their physical and psychological issues because they simply cannot understand us (in terms of language) or it may be customary to confide to an elder or family member rather than to a ‘stranger’. This is why I would like to have an office with an eventual earned reputation for trust and compassion for people of diverse cultural backgrounds.
I firmly believe that the university shall equip me with what is necessary to achieve these goals. I want to be of service to the poor – I hope the university gives me the opportunity to effectively and sincerely do so.