When I was eight years old my life took a turn when, in the class where I was studying appeared a sport teacher who was looking for girls to play in a softball team. I was one of girls selected and I accepted, because there was something new and I took into consideration the possibility of meeting new people and making a lot of friends.
The problem was that I didn’t ask for my parents’ permission when I accepted to practice softball, so they prohibited me to join in the training session . In order to make them, approve my softball training I had to work hard to prove that I could cope with school and sport, and did both very well. In our country there are only six softball teams and we had the opportunity to take part in the European Championship held in Italy.
I consider that it was one of the most interesting experience in my life. Even if I was only eleven years old that championship had a great impact on me. I was determined to turn my hobby into a career and had the desire to study it in the UK, the motherland of this sport.
It’s been ten years since I started playing softball. Now it is part of my life because it allowed me to mature and change my view on life. During these years when I played in different championships I have gained the opportunity to meet different types of human characters and I learned how to socialize with a variety of people.
But some of them made me understand sports in a different way. Michael A. McCabe taught me that sport doesn’t mean only physical effort, it also means dedication, passion, intelligence, the ability to create strategy and think quickly. A special moment was this year at The Romanian Championship when I had the honor to represent my school team as a captain.
I had the responsibility to make sure that my team was always focused on the game and every girl knew her position on the field. Being the captain helped me improve my ability to reduce tensions between individuals, create coalitions and encourage better performance. This year I also applied for a referee course at national level and I would like to go further to an international level.
Being a sport manager doesn’t mean only to be a person who knows how to work with the team’s budgets. The manager has to know how to work with individuals to make them part of the team, how to anticipate what the needs of the team are. In addition, the manager should always motivate the team and encourage them to believe in their strengths even in the moments when everything seems lost.
In my opinion, I am good at doing this because I am confident in my abilities to communicate with people, to express my ideas in a convincing way.
More than once did I prove that I was fully capable of making the best decisions for my team and ensured that they had the best opportunities to continue the game.
In all these years I have had the chance to understand this sport from different perspectives (as a simple player, as the captain of the team and as a trainer assistant, absorbing all the details that refer to strategy and technique). I was also aware of the importance to create special bonds between players and trainers.
Last summer I helped my coach with training the junior team which was an important chance for my work experience. Those three months when I worked with little girls helped me develop my abilities in communication with children.
The interesting part was that when I created the little team because I had to talk with the girls’ parents and convince them based on my experience, gained all over these years , to let their children play this sport.. What really helped me to be open and listen to their fears, and then bring strong arguments was my experience gained during the summer job when I worked in public relation and I had to speak with people and train my communication skills.
Sport is not the only thing I’m interested in. I like literature, old music and when I have time cooking. I usually spend my time with activities meant to help develop my talents and my potential.
During these years I proved that I am serious, hard working, energetic and also eager to accept any challenge, always trying to do new things. I have learned even that it is important to accept a failure as the best way to learn and get better. I have never liked to waste my time so I enjoyed to get involved in school programs and community service.
Being a senior, this year I helped my schoolmates in organizing Prom and we made it be a real success. I discovered in this way that I have good organizing abilities and I really felt proud of what I have achieved. I learned how to make influential people believe in my ideas and support me. Two years ago I got involved in a charity program where we helped the abandoned people. That experience was sad and emotional, but made me appreciate more my family and my friends.
Working with children probably will be a field that will make me feel accomplished but what I really would like to do is to work with big softball teams to manage them, to organize various sports events like international tournaments for softball, baseball, football, hockey, golf, and several other games.
I have never thought I would ever find a place where I can study sports management but University ….…….. represents for me the place where I can develop my abilities in managing teams organizing sports events and persuading people from everywhere how important sport is in our lives. Besides softball is not so popular in Romania and that is why I would like to study Sports Management and Marketing to opportunities to young people in my country to play it.
Michael A McCabe determined me to start the battle between who I am and who I want to be. Now I’m an ambitious girl who loves sports, competing in a correct and fair spirit and team work. In order to win the final battle I need to be part of University ….... because I am willing to study thoroughly and work hard until I l become the manager of an important softball organization, a well prepared person, capable to attract more and more people in this sport.
Business and management studies degrees are among the most oversubscribed subjects at university. The highest ranking universities demand three As at A-level to be considered for a place. For these programmes, the personal statement is your chance to show admission tutors your potential beyond your grades.
In your personal statement you should talk about what you have learnt through your A-level studies. Courses with a specialist focus on accountancy or finance will ask for maths A-level, so if you studied maths do mention the skills you gained.
Peter Corvi, associate dean at the University of Warwicks' business school, says: "We're looking for strong quantitative skills."
Critically reflective essay writing skills are also important for a business studies student, says Corvi, so if you studied an essay based subject like English, history or economics, do mention your knowledge in this area.
The University of Warwick wants to see that students are able to formulate a rational argument and write it to length. Corvi says: "Some of our strong applicants are missing this skill."
So make sure that your personal statement is fluent, articulate and well structured.
Corvi says that each year he has more qualified applicants than he has places. One way for candidates to distinguish themselves is through their extra curricular work. But Corvi says he doesn't want to see descriptions of these skills without examples – make sure you explain why your extra curriculur activities are relevant, and give concrete examples of what you did and how this makes you a suitable candidate.
This sentiment is echoed at the University of Bath's school of management. Nick Kinnie, associate dean of undergraduate taught studies, advises students not to underestimate the importance of activities such as Young Enterprise, Duke of Edinburgh and sporting positions, but to explain why you undertook them.
Kinnie says: "We want to see why they did it, what they learned and why it's relevant."
Intellectual curiosity and a strong work ethic are the core skills the London School of Economics (LSE) are looking for on their management programme. Will Breare-Hall, student recruitment and study abroad manager, says the LSE is looking for "the abilities to think and work independently, follow complex lines of reasoning, demonstrate logical thought processes, solve problems and communicate accurately and succinctly".
At Bath, the business programmes are concerned with linking theory to practice, so candidates need to demonstrate their ability to reflect on their experiences and explain how the skills they learned are applicable to higher education.
Once the admissions tutors have looked at grades to determine if an applicant meets its minimum requirements they turn their attention to the personal statement.
It's important to try and stand out, but extravagant stories won't impress an admissions team.
"It's an extreme example, but one year I had an application from someone who said that their mother knew when she was carrying the child that they were going to be an accountant," says Corvi.
Corvi recommends applicants have their statements read back to them, so they can hear how they sound to others reading it.
He says: "Describe yourself in a positive light without going overboard."
Bath's programmes, like many other institutions offering similar courses, have a strong emphasis on the global nature of business and management. Kinnie says he wants to see applicants not only express an interest in working in multinational environments, but also an awareness that they will be working with students from various cultures and backgrounds.
Although it's advisable for students to seek advice from their school when writing their statements, admission tutors want to hear the students' voice in their application.
Kinnie says: "The clue is in the title. The personal statement should read in an authentic and real way and in their own language.
"This is the first step in university life: taking responsibility for your own learning and development."