Gwen’s Personal Statement
“My goal is to become a first-class accountant. I have always been good in business and I will strive to pursue my passion and realize my dream at the Smeal College of Business.” This conversation happened in 2014. I proposed my goal in front of my family with strong determination. Nonetheless, it does take me a long way to get here.
My family runs a relatively large scale catering business. I grew up watching my mother recording financial transactions in the double entry bookkeeping system and preparing quarterly end financial reports for more than 12 years. Therefore, I have gradually developed my understanding about Statement of Cash Flow, the Statement of Comprehensive Income and the Balance Sheet. I enjoy reading accounting books such as Financial Statement: a step-by step guide to understanding and creating financial reports” written by Thomas Ittelson. Assuredly, my exposure to the family business has built my strong interest in financial accounting and shaped my education goal in undergrad studies.
To prepare the best for my readiness of the undergraduate business school education in US, I always ask for advices from my education mentor since primary school, my sister. As an alumnus of MIT Sloan School of Management, my sister is currently working at a global top 20 asset management firm in Boston, Massachusetts. She always shared her studying abroad experience as well as effective study methodologies with me. I discussed my academic schedule with her bi-weekly, set my goals and has always accomplished achievements above expectations.
At high school, I completed a series of advanced mathematics courses including algebra, geometry, trigonometry calculus and statistical analysis to build my solid quantitative skill. The elective courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics and information system has also provided me a broader vision of Finance. With a 3.81 out of 4.0 GPA, I received dean’s list and outstanding academic scholarships in consecutive six semesters. Early this year, I studied in Guangdong Experimental High School, the most prestigious high school in the state, for the International Foundation Program. This program applies standard US teaching methodology, and is dedicated for statewide tier one students who have an international vision. I truly enjoyed the education experience there and it further determined my mind of applying to US in 2016. Beside academic achievement, I am the founder of the Study Abroad Association at Weihua Lin High School. We invited high school alumni to share their US education experience and have also arranged multiple finance/accounting panels to discuss our career interests. It deeply hones my leadership, which is undoubtedly a key attribute in business industry.
To understand about the structure of the accounting program at Smeal College of Business, I reach out to 20+ Penn State alumni and has come out with my own academic plan. If I am given the opportunity to join the Penn State University, I would like to select the Bachelor program in Accounting. The program is worldwide recognized and it is the best place to maximize my learning curve. I will emphasize on courses including Intermediate Accounting (ACCTG 471- 472), Managerial Accounting (ACCTG 404) and undergraduate research opportunities. To enhance my leadership experience and professional development, I also would like to be a member in Smeal affiliated student organizations.
As China is becoming the second largest capital market, the trend to consolidate a global standard, independent auditing financial reporting system for Chinese corporation is urgent. I want to help with setting up a global adopted standard to protect the integrity of Chinese corporation’s accounting information. Now, I need the platform of the Penn State, to make my dream come true.