Psychiatrist: Personal Statement

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All of my goals derive from my passion for problem solving and helping others. As a result, I aspire to be a psychiatrist in order to help the mentally ill and help remove the negative connotations associated with mental disorders. In order to achieve these goals, I have dedicated myself to my academics and participated in extracurricular activities that develop my talents and allow me to solve problems creatively. By taking advanced courses I have expanded my knowledge and equipped myself with the necessary skills to succeed in a college environment. I have also dedicated myself to the engineering pathway courses, which have taught me to think creatively and resourcefully, and have improved my skills as a problem solver. Applying myself to …show more content…

As a programmer, I learned to think creatively while projecting my ideas in an organized fashion. Being a member of the team taught me to be flexible and dedicated while allowing me to analyze a given circumstance, and solve it creatively. These skills can easily be applied to my future profession. I understand that learning to collaborate well with others is not only an important skill for improving relations between yourself and the patients, but it also helps when collaboration with other hospital staff members is necessary, while creative and analytical thinking is a vital aspect in the diagnoses and treatment of mental disorders, due to just how unique every person …show more content…

This major will strengthen my familiarity with human behavior and emotion, and in doing so, prepare me for my career as a psychiatrist. Furthermore, the university itself provides both an atmosphere, and opportunities that, in my opinion, are unmatched. I love the idea of being able to take part in my own, or others’, research, and at A&M there are many options to do so. Conducting and participating in research projects will definitely improve my skills as a leader, team member, and obviously researcher. The first time I conducted my own “research,” of sorts, was when I noticed a friend of mine biting her nails. I had never had this habit, so I wondered why such an activity is so addictive to them. I looked it up on the internet later that night and came across a few articles, one of which used Freudian theory to analyze it, saying that it could be a result from lack of oral stimulation as an infant, thus they compensate now by biting their nails. This seemed far-fetched to me, however, it fascinated me that a seemingly insignificant lack of something at an early stage in development had altered the person’s behavior to the point of having a habit in their teenage years. Ever since then, I have been learning everything I could about the field, I have watched documentaries, lectures, and I have read articles.

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