Grad school application question help: Does this answer seem odd?
July 16, 2014 7:45 AM Subscribe
I am currently in the process of applying to The University of the Pacific's Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations.
To answer one of the application questions I used part of a previous paper I wrote a few years back which I think answers the question well. I did cut and paste it with a few revisions and have been told it appears that way. A few other questions about it inside.
posted by Che boludo! to Education (6 answers total)
Also, I have been told it comes across as not personal enough and too academic. Due to this it may seem a little different in tone from my other answers to their questions. ( I am not including the entire thing to keep things here brief, but I can post it or supply it if recommended by you guys). Lastly, is it weird that I cite another paper? (I'm not so worried about grammatical errors at this point so ignore any misplaced commas or semicolons or whatever please).
I kinda like my response. As it is from a previous essay I wrote, if I keep it, should I lead in with something indicating this fact? “The following is from an essay I wrote in 2012” or something similar?
What do you guys think?
Here is the question: The field of intercultural relations covers many areas from diversity training to foreign student advising, from intercultural conflict resolution to cross-cultural healthcare. What is your area of special interest?
I am especially interested in culture shock and intercultural team dysfunction; major problems for multinational corporations. There are estimates that expatriates return early from assignments as much as 40% of the time (Littrell et al., 2006) and cost multinational firms millions of dollars annually. Intercultural conflicts among employees can lead to delayed start-up time, lost productivity, relationship problems, damage to company image, and lost business, all possible results of workers being unprepared to work internationally. This does not take into account the additional negative interpersonal consequences that that the workers may suffer. All of this I have witnessed first hand or personally experienced. I would like to help reduce or eliminate these problems through proper training and intervention.
Also, these problems do not just exist for people transplanted from one society to another or among coworkers. Rapidly shifting demographics are creating a demand for workers trained to be effective across a variety of social contexts at home. Within national borders, cultural conflicts, whether instigated by ethnicity, socioeconomics, ideology, or even generational differences, are far too vital and expensive to be overlooked; making multiculturalism at home another area of study that I would like to pursue further.