Student Shenanigans: Letter to Oz

[Today I wrote a “Statement of Purpose” as part of my Study Abroad application for Deakin University. I wasn’t far in before I realised it kind of read like a blog post, so I might as well post it on my blog!]

Hi,

My name is Jesse Young. I’m applying to study abroad at Deakin University. Here in North Wales, I’m doing a degree in Journalism and Media Studies.

As long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to try living outside the UK. For various reasons, I was rarely even able to go on holiday abroad until I was old enough to go myself. Over the past year, I’ve been overseas five times.

Part of the reason that I have such a drive to see new things is because it gets me out of my comfort zone. I’m autistic, so I have a harder time doing things I’m not comfortable with. But that’s why I do them. I enjoy challenging myself. It’s fulfilling when I defy others’ expectations.

That’s also why Journalism and Media are my subjects of choice. I want an element of challenge, and the kind of work that Journalism involves is both daunting and fascinating to me. I spent two years of volunteer service talking to strangers and getting out of my comfort zone, and Journalism is a natural progression of that specific brand of challenge. As for Media, it’s a field that I love to keep up to date with. I like to analyse different forms of media, in both meaning and effect on society. I’ve been writing a blog for over a year now that contains a lot of my writings on the subject. It’s something that I can easily see fitting into my journalistic career.

One of the reasons that I specifically chose Deakin was that I have a sister that’s been living in Australia for about two years now. She’s due to come back in May, but she’s obviously had a lot of fantastic life experience, as well as career experience. I may not deal well with hot weather, but perhaps Melbourne is one way for me to get more used to it.

I also needed a country where I could speak the language well (quite necessary for my career choice) and make contacts. Making contacts is a fundamental journalistic skill, and doing so abroad is a great way to widen the net. I won’t just be studying hard, I’m going to be there to make friends, inside and outside the University.

I’m also hoping to have the chance to get in some good work experience. I’m applying for an internship, despite the fact that it doesn’t give me any extra credit. I’m not in it for that. I’m in University because I want to learn how to be a good journalist, and I believe coming to Deakin University is a big step in the right direction.

-Jesse (@Backblogguy)

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