Statement of purpose (Edition 2)
Monday, December 4, 2006 5:11:37 PM
My most obvious advantage is my spirit of innovation and creative skills, which play an important role in my undergraduate career and make me unique among my peers. I am used to racking my brains for creative solutions of the problems in my research and work, and launching them for discussions with my classmates and colleagues in the laboratory and other teams such as student union. Furthermore, this habit of creative thinking always benefits my enthusiasm of reading. In return, my large scale of reading helps me a lot in creative thinking. With a belief saying ‘Change is the only constant thing.’ I would like to try something new rather than just showing my agreement with others’ ideas. Owing to my efficient way of study, I have been one of the top students in my institute.
Through reading many relative papers and articles as well as participating in some research processes, I try to make an in-depth exploration in research, rather than just earn a high score in the final exams. From March to October in 2005, as a sophomore, I participated in a PRP（Participation in Research Project) program in my university, named Treatment of Initial Rainstorm-caused Runoff by Enhanced Ecological Technology. The non-point source pollution caused by land runoff is the main reason of eutrophication. In our project, we chose enhanced ecological technology to treat the initial runoff. The initial land runoff was collected in a large basin. Then the water passed a zeolite bed before passing a absorbent bed occupied by fly ash. My focus was on reducing the concentration of nitrogen, phosphate, which cause eutrophication. It was found that natural zeolite and fly ash have good performances in removing NH3-N and PO43--P from polluted water. As an innovation, we made fly ash into granule shape to avoid mobility and self-concreting of fly ash in practical use. Finally, after the saturation of the absorbents, they could be transported to farmland as fertilizer or for soil amendments. Through this program, I have learned how to solve problems and organize processes systematically in research when encountering a scientific problem. In this research, there are four students in our group. We showed perfect performance in collaboration and team work, and in some hard times I acted as a motivator to keep everyone in a good mood for our work.
Though I was enrolled in my university as an engineering student, I’ve got interested in Environmental Policy, Economics and Management and determined to make my own contribution in the field of Environmental Management because as my study goes deeper in the area of Environment Engineering, I found it impossible to make great progress in environment amendment only relying to the development of technologies. Surely it’s not the harmonious world I’m longing for only to use the excellent technologies for saving energy and eliminating pollutions. After a long time of deliberation, I fixed my career goal in Environmental Management obeying my enthusiasm in this area and wished to make progress involved in technology, policy and economics.
Then the opportunity came. Several days ago, I took part in a project as part of my research for Bachelor thesis about Ecological Benefit of Greenland System in Pudong Developing Zone. Pudong Developing Zone is most famous in Shanghai for its fast development in recent twenty years and has become a window to show the prosperity and gloriousness of Shanghai. In this project organized by the government and my university, we did research on the structure and function of the greenbelts and greenlands in the city and give some suggestions for designing and constructing the greenland system to the government. It’s a systematical research and based on knowledge on several areas such as Environmental Science, Ecology, Policy and Management. At the beginning, I should have a quick understanding of the whole project and finish reading a number of related reports and papers. What surprises the postgraduate students in my group is that I finish it in one day and a half. Thanks to my quick learning skill, I earned the confidence of my professor and got involved in the research as soon as possible.
As a science and engineering student who has great interests in Environmental Management, I took more efforts than others to get integrated knowledge and practise using them practically. I have learned by myself Micro-and Macroeconomics and Principle of Management throughout my undergraduate study. Nowadays as a senior student I take the course Environmental Economics and Management. I become more familiar to this area with the help of my warm-hearted teachers. I feel absolutely confident in the study of Environmental Management with my tenacity, quick learning ability and aspiration.
Besides my good performance in study and research, I am profound in extra-curricula activities. In the second academic year, I was elected as chairman of our student union. With the belief “of the students, by the students, for the students” I organized the Executive Committee and planned a series of trainings and activities for the students, helping them develop their communication skills and strengthen their power of implementation. In the latest summer vacation, I was selected in my university as leader of the group in a intercultural program with students from Georgia Institute of Technology, and later an exchange student in a summer school in Germany, organized by our university and Technical University of Berlin. I was active in these two programs and enjoyed the multi-cultural communication with many new friends, which helped me a lot to improve my English and German speaking.
In order to bring my intelligence and creativity into full play, I want to pursue my graduate study in MESPOM program, where I have been dreaming to devote myself for a harmonious world and more developed relationship between European countries and my motherland. I believe that in MESPOM program I can get the most advanced knowledge and training in the area. Meanwhile, the atmosphere that values cultural diversity, creative thought and academic freedom will surely benefit me a lot. I know the admission to your program is highly competitive, and as an undergraduate student, my knowledge and research experience may be quite limited, but with my broad background and keen interest in this field, it is my conviction that I can succeed in my graduate studies. When Dr. Barry J.Marshall came to our university early this year during the celebration of the 110th anniversary of our university, he encouraged us to seek to cognize the world with our brilliant minds for right choices. Now I’ve made my choice and feel confident of its correctness. I have full confidence in my ability to gain great success in my career with the help of so many favorable conditions in MESPOM program.