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MS Financial Analysis, Progressive

I am a young African man who immigrated to the United States from my native Kenya in 1996. I now live in New Jersey and have earned a B.S. in Computer Science and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. While benefiting greatly from my education, I feel strongly that I need additional training to pursue my long-term goal of someday managing hedge fund investments and advising high-net-worth clients and institutes on their investment strategies.

I am attracted to the XXXX for both its location and its mission. I am a progressive, cosmopolitan man who has now seen America's East Coast and longs to experience the West. I appreciate diversity and multiple cultural celebrations, and I dream of someday returning to Africa to help my people develop economically. Thus, I am especially attracted to the progressive ethos of San Francisco and the emphasis of Jesuit education on the importance of global perspectives and educating leaders who will be able to fashion a more humane and just world. I hope to someday again use my native Swahili in the struggle for economic development in Africa, and I look forward to sharing in the financial analysis perspectives of people from all over the world who attend your program.

I look forward to obtaining a Master of Science in Financial Analysis and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. I am anticipating a very rigorous education in your program in quantitative financial analysis and economics, and I am looking forward to learning how to apply the most current tools used by investment management professionals today. My greatest passion in life is to become part of the movement of financial analysis from art to science and master the complex analytical and quantitative methods increasingly used in financial markets. I am applying to the Professional XXXX Program because it is the best match for my interests and extremely high level of motivation.

I look forward to attending your program because of its executive style and the fact that it provides a coordinated, sequential approach to the tools and knowledge necessary for becoming a CFA.

I anticipate a long and productive life as a lifelong student of financial and quantitative analysis. I feel strongly that the seven years of professional experience I now have working in finance and accounting further strengthens my candidacy for your program. For many years now, I have gone to go to school full time and worked full time for different companies in different roles such as general ledger administration, budgeting, and forecasting, financial modeling, and analysis, project implementation and management, month-end close, effective leader by acting as a mentor for weaker members of my team and have continually improved my communication and investigative skills. My analytical ability and problem-solving skills are probably my greatest assets. I have learned to be flexible and adapt to ever-changing corporate philosophies.

Now, however, thankfully, I am faced with the challenge of having become quite bored, and I want to push myself to new heights with the help of your program. I am a competitor who is never satisfied with mediocrity.  I demand of myself nothing less than my very best effort at all times. The most significant contribution I could make to society would be to apply my quantitative and analytical skills to manage financial information and help clients and organizations solve business problems.  In time, I look forward to assuming leadership roles in financial institutions assisting nonfinancial professionals to gain greater insight into global financial markets. Although I have not yet had the opportunity to travel much, the fact that I lived in Kenya for 18 years has helped to inspire me to a high degree of fascination and concern with global issues. I feel that I have a good understanding of the worldwide economy, and I am very much looking forward to enhancing my skills so that I can become an increasingly effective, efficient, and productive participant in the development of new patterns in the global economy—always with a particular eye towards my native Africa.

Since September of 2006, my current professional position has been Senior Financial Analyst at XXXX Companies, a leading global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education, and business information markets. I have learned many new and exciting things about how to think globally at XXXX, and it is my sincere hope to be able to share some of these experiences with other graduate students at USF shortly. I especially look forward to how your program draws upon the cultural, intellectual, and economic resources of XXXX. Your program is, for me ideal in its potential to enrich and strengthen a common good through reasoned discourse in global financial analysis. I want to thank you for your consideration of my application.

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