Please explain your reasons for transferring and the goals you hope to achieve. (600 word max)
It is through a engagement in a student-operating coffee house on campus that I have figured out that my deeper passion is in the business world. When the sophomore year started, my friend invited me to assist their coffee shop by chance. I showed a lot of interests in making coffee, not only because I love to drink it, and also the patience that preserving coffee behind the coffee bar that had brought to me. With time flows and my experience have enriched by meeting and observing different kinds of consumers’ behavior, I developed my sales skills and allowed me to become proficient in observing consumers’ behavior and detecting trends according to the database. Due to my observation, I have found that the sales of hot milky coffee has actually decreased in November, which is totally different from the common perspective that people order hot drinks in cold weather. What’s more surprising is that the sales of ice fruit tea have dramatically increased, and sometimes 当天的原材料在下午的时候需要二次准备. （there are no enough raw materials） Actually, it is because the air conditioner make the building temperature to high that student need ice-tea to cool up. So I suggest our team to 增加果茶的原材料准备并加大堂食冰饮的优惠折扣and preserved new ice drink product。然后最后营业额翻两倍。It has brought to my attentions that nowadays, the marketing skills should not be only focusing on the product, but based on the people, the consumer that we are facing to.
It is through operating a coffee house on campus that I have discovered my hidden passion for the business world. When the sophomore year started, I answered my friends’ invitation to assist in a coffee house. Fun was the process I learned to make coffee, and fruitful was the journey I had dealing with all kinds of customers and experiencing first-hand how to run a business. Most importantly, I developed sales skills, which allowed me to be more proficient in observing consumers’ behavior and detecting trends according to the database. For instance, once I have found that due to the air conditioner heating the building too high, students no longer preferred warm drinks in winter. I suggest our team increase the purchase of materials for iced drinks as well as offer more discounts. Our sales that month doubled almost immediately. It has brought to my attention that knowing people well lies at the heart of marketing.
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In 400 words or less, describe how your academic interest and/or professional goals will be fulfilled in your intended program of study at Illinois.
A big part of the reason I chose XXXXX as an economics major was because I really liked the XXXXX courses that the school offered, and I think most of these courses are taught through real social events, such as XXXXXX, which is a class that starts XXXXXX. It then examines how economic theory is applied in the sports market. This is more in line with my own approach to learning. Because I am not a rote learner, I am used to learning theories from real life events. And through the process of discussing examples I can learn about different fields, not just economics. I was also attracted to the study abroad program because although I am an international student myself, I came to the U.S. at a very young age, so I wanted to go to other countries during my studies to experience their different teaching styles or different insights into economic theory.
As an international student, I left home and studied in a new country since high school. For past years, I have experienced different education systems. To further expand my horizon, I am interested in the study abroad program at your school. With such a program, I can participate in various learning and living environments to enhance learning. From my perspective, learning is never limited to books. At the same time, I learned about several economics-related degrees offered, such as XXXX. I have never learned about these two areas before. Students will be trained in advanced data analysis skills to answer economic questions and reveal relationships. Then there’s XXXXX, a combination of two majors that works well to help economics students learn how to have the cutting-edge skills needed to examine large data sets, but also the ability to write their own algorithms and software tools.
Another aspect I am interested is the XXXXX. In my opinion such a class helps students better understand what they are learning and to be able to concentrate more during the hour long class. I also learned that the school is very supportive of undergraduate students’ research projects, whether they are working with faculty members or completing independent study projects. With such a project, I believe that the school not only provides students with teaching resources, but also provides students with an opportunity to use their knowledge wisely, and also to accumulate contacts. Independent study provides students with an opportunity to explore their interests in depth. The school will provide students with the necessary assistance.
Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.
For me, leadership experience is not just about commanding and assigning tasks, but more importantly, coordinating the operation of the team to achieve 1+1>2. When I entered high school in first year, I entered the school broadcast station through application and interview and became the main person in charge of the school’s broadcasting station a year later. The entire broadcasting station is composed of ten people who are jointly responsible for all broadcasting tasks during the week. As the main person in charge, I usually not only need to complete my own broadcasting tasks, but also assign the tasks to everyone reasonably and equally, and lead team to summarize the work of the week. But what impressed me most was a process that once I led my team to complete the holiday poster. This is an urgent task that the school requires the broadcasting station to complete.
Are there any situations when 1+1>2? It is when people form a team and reach achievement. A team cannot succeed without leadership along with cooperation, problem solving, and aiming at the same goal. This reminds me of my leadership experience back in high school.
The first year I entered high school, I joined the radio station. There were ten students and were responsible for broadcasting. I was promoted to the leader in the second year. With the role change, my duties included assigning tasks, communicating with the school, and summarizing work. Once, I led my team to design and print holiday posters within one day required by the school. Normally, it takes a week. Time was one of the biggest problems. I immediately assembled members. Some needed to select materials, some needed to design layout, and others needed to contact printing shops.