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Master Analytical Statistics, Mathematics Chinese

I have loved Mathematics since I became aware of numbers and their power and since a young age have sought, where possible, to express real life problems of all kinds in terms of numbers in order to find a solution and often found this to be a useful exercise.

My love of mathematics and its practical applications resulted in a decision to pursue a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering. However, in my Freshman year I read the book ‘Out of Control’ by Kevin Kelly and became very interested in the theory of ‘Big Data’ and its practical applications. Subsequently, I was given the opportunity to intern for 6 months with the largest privately owned Chinese bank and worked on several projects which involved exposure to various statistical techniques and discovered that I had a natural facility to quickly grasp and apply these to provide information useful to the bank, I also came to understand that the thoughtful application of Statistics has the potential to beneficially affect almost every area of people’s lives. By the time that I transferred from Lanzhou Jiaotong University to Iowa State in June 2014, I had decided to pursue the study of Analytical Statistics to the highest level possible and consider this to be the best decision in my academic life.

I have excelled in my bachelor degree program with, what I consider to be a creditable GPA of 3.86/4. My goal now is to join the Master’s program in order to develop and acquire advanced skills and knowledge to enable me ultimately to lead a team of analysts working in the field of finance to build models and strategies to identify and solve useful ‘hard problems’.

I believe that the program is the ideal one to equip me to meet my professional goals because of its emphasis on the practical and on career preparation. I am particularly drawn by the design of the team based and real-life applications of the Capstone project. I am sure that my academic background and practical experience will enable me to ‘add value’ during the program and especially when collaborating in the Capstone project. I enjoy working as a member of a team and am ready to lead when the opportunity arises.

I have a particular interest in the areas of Computational Statistics, Data Visualization and Stochastic Process as it relates to Finance and hope that it may be possible to assist in research in one or more of these topics during the program.

As the top ranking Stats/Math major, I have been working as an Academic Peer Adviser since May 2015 in the University’s Mathematics and Statistics Department. To date, I have assisted 30 freshmen by scheduling academic planning, referral of resources and providing academic and emotional support. This work has been very fulfilling and I find that providing explanations is an excellent way to discover new insights into techniques and methods. I hope that it may be possible to assist bachelor degree students as part of the Master’s program.

Since moving to the US, I have happily and successfully adjusted to the new culture and educational environment. I have studied alongside, socialized with and mentored people from many ethnic and social backgrounds and have greatly enjoyed doing so. I look forward to extending these experiences within the Master’s program and in sharing the fruits of our various specialist studies and experiences.

To summarize, I am an academically able student with a high level of commitment and diligence to my work. I have an academic background and professional experience that is highly relevant to the program and, most importantly, I have a genuine passion for my statistics. I can assure the reader that I shall apply myself with great enthusiasm to the program in order to excel rather than to merely succeed.

Thank you for considering my application.


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