How will your distinctiveness enrich the learning environment? [27.03.2008]
The University of Toronto seeks a diverse and unique entering class of current and future managers. How will your distinctiveness enrich the learning environment and enhance your prospects for future success?
In my preparatory years leading up to University as well as during my university studies, I studied mathematics. The most important part in that process is critical reasoning – it is a skill set that is indispensable when one is required to distinguish between right from wrong. Over the past several years I have developed this skill so well that my friends have suggested that I write critical essays. A lot of people with good mathematical skills are very capable with regard to theory but may lack the skills needed to communicate such ideas effectively. I feel that that I am a strong communicator and am able to exchange ideas successfully with different people on a variety of subjects. Most importantly, people ask my opinion because they know they will get reasonable and objective feedback from me.
In the capacity of telecommunications lecturer at my university, I had to instruct students majoring in this subject. Although the time devoted to my lectures was limited, the material level was advanced. Hence, I could not accomplish my task successfully without being critical of material I taught. In the end I found teaching very rewarding, as the majority of my students were genuinely interested in the subject and often came to speak to me after classes.
Having the experience of attending various conferences, I use my teaching skills and reasoning abilities in all discussions in which I participate. My varied interests in technology, the arts and travel often arise in the foreground and help me a lot. Such varied interests give me a more enlightened vision of the world around me and help me to understand people and projects from many angles. I believe such skills are a valuable asset in a learning environment as they allow me to successfully share information with classmates.
During my first two years at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, I strongly believed that success, either academic or professional, could be the result of pure hard work. Now I balance my capacity of work with exchanging experiences with various professionals to enhance my progress. My previous perceptions of success were not a mistake; they were just influenced by an exclusively technical environment. Currently, I always take advantage of my logic and all of the technical skills I possess, however now I also concentrate on networking and reading appreciated sources such as “The Economist” to expand my business knowledge. This approach made the process of exchanging ideas easier as well as shaped me as a better communicator.
I believe all the reasons mentioned above help account for my success as a future top manager.