Hello,

I am Nora and I want to apply for the Korean government scholarship programme.

these are the prompt for writing a personal statement:

-Motivations with which you apply for this program
- Family and Education background
- Significant experiences you have had; risks you have taken and achievements you have made, persons or events that have had a significant influence on you
- Extracurricular activities such as club activities, community service activities or work experiences
- If applicable, describe awards you have received, publications you have made, or skills you have acquired, etc

English is not my mother language and it is my first time to write a personal statement, therefore I need your helpful advice and correction.

Thank you so much!

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자 기 소 개 서
(Personal Statement)

Animation has always mesmerized me ever since I was a little child. I remember the days that my family and I had lived in a remote area because my father had transferred as a bank clerk there. I didn't have friends the same age as me in that neighborhood. Therefore my father bought me some classical animation DVDs and we watched them together. He encouraged me to draw the rest of the story of the show from where it had ended based on my imagination. Drawing my favorite 2D characters enthusiastically and telling the stories for my mother who is a housewife and a good listener for her children, filled my childhood.

I had been known for my storytelling skill and the love that I had for painting in the primary school along being one of the Top students. In the 5th grade, I took the National Organization for the development of exceptional talents (NODET) exam. Admission to NODET schools is selective and based on a comprehensive nationwide entrance examination procedure and I passed it successfully.

As an extracurricular activity in the first grade of high school, I made an experimental short movie combined with animation and attended a national student film competition and surprisingly I ranked top in that contest. I found out that I was not interested in the science major anymore, therefore transferred from NODET to a Public Exemplary Art School to study my desired major, animation.

I tried to grasp every opportunity to participate in various competition since I liked to challenge myself and make animation content. In addition, I achieved top ranks in national contests such as healthy teen, art competitions top talented student, scientific-practical olympiad, and international Roshd festival. Due to my achievements as a young filmmaker, I became a member of the Iranian youth cinema society which led me to know amazing people in the filmmaking industry. I was totally immersed in the love that I have for making animation.

In the last year of high school, the year that Iranian students take their national university entrance exam, I ranked second in the animation and third in Graphic among thousands of other students. I moved to the capital city of Iran, Tehran, living independently at the age of 17 to get my animation associate degree in the biggest woman's college in the middle east, Shariati woman's Technical college.

Moving to Tehran gave me the opportunity to join AIESEC which is the world's largest non-profit youth-run organization that provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural global internships, and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe. I became a volunteer member of the social marketing team in the local committee of AIESEC in the Amirkabir University of Technology. My achievements as an AIESECer are 3 documentaries which were released at an event in Tehran University of Art and some motion graphics to promote our events in other universities.

My First encounter with South Korea was through an event that was held in the house of South Korea ambassador, Mr. Park Jae-Hyun in Tehran. It was mainly about Korean universities and the scholarships that they offered. I found out that South Korea is renowned for its universities which all have excellent reputations. In that event, I met new friends who were fond of Korean culture and language and I start learning more about Korea from them. Therefore, I proceed to develop an interest in Korean rich traditions and Hangul. the way the culture and history perfectly blend with technology and modernization caught my attention. We tried our Best to attend every Korean event that the embassy held on specific occasions.

The reason that I found South Korea the perfect place to study animation/media interaction design was due to the global popularity Korean entertainment industry. The phenomenal growth of Korean culture from music, movies, animations and online games convinced me that Korea is one of the best platforms to continue my studies and learn more about their successful methods to approach to this global popularity.

unfortunately, I can not continue my studies in animation in my own country even though I ranked first in the national university entrance exam because there is no bachelor's degree for this major in Iran. Currently, I am studying painting instead of animation and I find my currents university approach to education unsatisfactory.

As I initially grew up in a middle-class family getting this scholarship will help to lift a huge burden off my parents' backs. Also, studying in a country with a powerful entertainment industry would allow me to learn more about media and how I can use my abilities effectively. I believe Attending a Korean university will inspire me to work hard and compete with students at the top of my major and gives me the opportunity to enhance my Korean language skill.

Animation has always mesmerized me ever since I was a little child. I remember the days that my family and I had lived in a remote area because my father had transferred as a bank clerk there. I didn't did not have friends the same age as me in that neighborhood. Therefore, my father bought me some classic al animation DVDs, and we watched them together. He encouraged me to draw the rest of the story of the show from where it had ended based on my imagination. Drawing my favorite 2D characters enthusiastically and telling the stories for to my mother who is a housewife and a good listener for to her children filled my childhood.

I had been was known for my storytelling skill and the love that I had for painting in the primary school along as well as for being one of the top students. In the 5th grade, I took the National Organization for the Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET) exam. Admission to NODET schools is selective and based on a comprehensive nationwide entrance examination procedure, and I passed it with flying colours. successfully.

As an extracurricular activity in the first grade of high school, I made an experimental short movie combined with animation and attended a national student film competition and, surprisingly, I ranked top in that contest. Thereafter, I found out that I was not interested in the science major anymore, therefore so I transferred from NODET to a Public Exemplary Art School to study my desired major, animation.

I tried to grasp every opportunity to participate in various competitions since I liked to challenge myself and make animation content. In addition, I achieved top place ranks in national contests such as the Healthy Teen Contest, art competitions the Top Talented Student Art Competition, the Scientific-Practical Olympiad, and the International Roshd Festival. Moreover, due to my achievements as a young filmmaker, I became a member of the Iranian Youth Cinema Society which led me to know amazing people in the filmmaking industry. I was totally immersed in the love that I have for making animation.

In the last year of high school, the year that Iranian students take their national university entrance exam, I ranked second in the animation and third in graphics among out of thousands of other students. I moved to the capital city of Iran, Tehran, living independently at the age of 17 to get my animation associate degree in the biggest women's college in the Middle East, Shariati Women's Technical College.

Moving to Tehran gave me the opportunity to join AIESEC which is the world's largest non-profit youth-run organization that provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural global internships, and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe. I became a volunteer member of the social marketing team in the local committee of AIESEC in the Amirkabir University of Technology. My achievements as an AIESECer are three documentaries which were released at an event in Tehran University of Art and some motion graphics to promote our events in other universities.

My First encounter with South Korea was through an event that was held in at the house residence of South Korea's ambassador, Mr. Park Jae-Hyun in Tehran. It was mainly about Korean universities and the scholarships that they offered. I found out that South Korea is renowned for its universities which all have excellent reputations. In At that event, I met made new friends who were fond of Korean culture and language, and I start learning more about Korea from them. Therefore, I proceed started to develop an interest in the rich Korean rich traditions and Hangul. Moreover, the way the Korean culture and history perfectly blend with technology and modernization caught my attention. We tried our best to attend every Korean event that the embassy held on specific various occasions.

The reason that I found consider South Korea the perfect place to study animation/media interaction design was due to is because of the global reputation of the popularity Korean entertainment industry. The phenomenal growth of Korean culture as represented by from music, movies, animations and online games convinced me that Korea is one of the best places platforms to continue my studies and learn more about their successful methods in this field. to approach to this global popularity.

Unfortunately, I can not continue my studies in animation in my own country even though I ranked first in the national university entrance exam because there is no bachelor's degree for this major in Iran. Currently, I am studying painting instead of animation, and I find my current university approach to education course unsatisfactory.

As I initially grew up in a middle-class family getting Being awarded this scholarship will help to lift a huge substantial burden off my parents' backs, since our financial means are quite modest. Also, studying in a country with a powerful robust entertainment industry would allow me to learn more about the media and how I can use my abilities effectively. I believe Attending a Korean university will inspire me to work hard and compete with students at the top of my major and gives will give me the opportunity to enhance my Korean language skills.

Thank you for your kind consideration, and I look forward to your reply.

Hi, I am Ridhi Bhatia, I also wanted to apply for a KGSP scholarship for undergraduate.

My major is psychology.

-Motivations with which you apply for this program
- Family and Education background
- Significant experiences you have had; risks you have taken and achievements you have made, persons or events that have had a significant influence on you
- Extracurricular activities such as club activities, community service activities, or work experiences
- If applicable, describe awards you have received, publications you have made, or skills you have acquired, etc

English is not my mother language and it is my first time writing a personal statement, therefore I need your helpful advice and correction.

Thank you!



From an early age, I have been intrigued by the human mind and how it works because my parents always taught me that “our mind is our key to success” and “money can’t buy happiness but a good state of mind and positive environment around us which encourage us to grow fonder can make our life fruitful and full of happiness.”

My insatiable thirst to know about psychology started when I was in 4th standard inspired me to opt for humanities stream to study psychology from the perspective of a social science student. Psychology is a subject that really stimulates my mind and my desire to challenge my perception of mental health. As well as this, my interest has come from a personal point. Witnessing a family member with mental health issues has made me want to understand why he behaves that way and why his illness cannot be treated in the same way we treat a person with having a fever. There is so much information on the anatomy of the human body however I feel like we have not explored far enough into the human mind to find out the underlying causes that explain our daily behavior. That’s why I opted for psychology after 10th grade. Furthermore, coming from an Indian background whereby there is a stigma surrounding mental health or what is considered abnormal behavior has only pushed me to further educate myself on a topic that may not be understood by many so that I can form my own perception regarding mental health which is scientific and proven. Also, as a student of informatics practices, I took the initiative to design a digital platform for psychologists/psychiatrists and their patients during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Being a class representative in 10th grade, stimulated my thoughts and made me learn how to deal with different personalities and how to handle difficult situations which I believe to be useful skills for a degree that largely involves interaction with people.

I belong to a nuclear family in Delhi. I live with my parents and twin sister. My father is a civil engineer and my mother has done a master's in Hindi and currently,she is a homemaker. When I was very young my parents pressured me to succeed academically, play sports, make hobbies, etc. like many parents do. I was constantly at the demand of my mom and dad’s wishes. This of course wasn’t a negative thing. However, I feel like the battle between my wants and my parents desires’ led me to be quite dependent. For a large part of my younger years I was missing the independence and sense of self I would develop later in life, because I was always under pressure to succeed in the form of success my parents had defined. I don’t believe this is uncommon for young children, or all children even. As a child I was set up to follow my parents idea of the path to success. Because of that I lost my motivation to study harder when i was in 8th and 9th standard, but somehow, my sister encouraged me again in 10th standard and lit the fire inside me, from that point I have not stoped and tried harder and harder to achive my dream of helping children, adolescents and adults with similar mental conflict and mental illness and becoming a psychologist.

Currently, I am also a student of economics, political science, and informatics practices. Many of my lessons in political science taught me how our different thoughts, perceptions of the world, and other people and behaviors can highly affect not only society but different countries also. Economics taught me how people both individually and collectively affect the economy and their collective positive behavior and relationship can help an economy to develop at a much higher rate and informatics practices taught me to use my technical knowledge in helping others without any discrimination.

I have always disliked learning solely from textbooks, for I believe true knowledge is beyond what's written in books. Thus, I engage myself to express my understanding of topics in the form of fine arts since very beginning.

Despite my curricular subjects, I have a keen interest in fine arts since a very young age and the fact that different colors, different drawing patterns (draw a person test given by Florence Goodenough) and perception of art(inkblot test given by Hermann Rorschach) are an integral part of psychology always fascinated me.

South Korea has always been an option for me since I've always been interested in the Korean culture ever since I was doing research in 12th grade where I choose to learn more about Korea before and after independence and how South Korea tackled the Asian financial crisis in 1997 by making an annual project for political science.

To me, South Korea is a continuously developing country that learns from its' mistakes every day to grow even better on the next. What makes me so attracted to the country is because they're still able to maintain and not let its cultural foundation wither despite modernization, unlike many other countries. Other than being provided with financial assistance, I'm motivated to study psychology through this program because the Korean government understands that in a fast pace developing country, the mental health of people cannot be ignored and itself has taken a step forward to raise mental health awareness amongst people who would rather avoid the said topic. I would like to learn about that and be exposed to the Korean environment so that I'll be able to learn and do the same steps in India once I graduate since many are still unaware of that issue despite having a low suicidal rate. Moreover, I'm excited to be able to widen my perspective in an international scale since I'll be studying in a foreign country with a great diversity of students.

In conclusion, with my personal interest in understanding human psychology as well as my academic background, I am convinced that I will enjoy and excel studying a degree in psychology. I intend to use this degree to pursue a career as a professional in mental health or counseling.