JMU Personal Statement

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I graduated from high school in 2013, and attended James Madison University from August 2013 to December 2014. I began having health problems during the 2014 fall semester and when the semester ended I withdrew from the classes I had taken and returned home on a medical leave of absence. When I returned home, I spent the spring semester focusing on my health so that I would be able to get better and return to JMU. After taking the spring semester off, I decided to work at a landscaping company to help give me something to focus on again. When that went smoothly, I signed up for one summer class at my local community college. I enjoyed being able to take a class again, and received an “A”. I knew I was ready to continue pursuing my degree, but wanted to remain close to home while I continued to recover …show more content…

My time away has helped me realize, with more certainty than I ever thought possible, exactly what I want to do with my life. I determined what I will major in when I return to JMU. I also established clear career goals beyond graduation. Ultimately, my dream is to become a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Ever since I was little, I have always had a strong desire for justice in the world. I want to work for an organization that can help create a more just society. In researching qualifications needed for the FBI, I found that the combination of critical thinking skills developed in a liberal arts curriculum, an accounting degree, and a background in foreign language, will prepare me well. Upon my return to JMU, I plan to major in accounting and minor in Arabic, with an academic interest in pre-law. After finishing my bachelor’s degree at JMU, I plan to attend law school. JMU’s excellent reputation, particularly in business, can help me achieve these

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