This is my personal statement for applying at Leiden University - NL. Give your opinions pleaseee....
With this letter, I would like to apply for the Dutch Studies Programme at Leiden University
Basically I donít have any formal education background in linguistic field. I took accounting degree and have been working in the field of accounting ever since. Yet, though limited, I grew up hearing and speaking several languages: English from my mother who took English major in the university; Dutch from my grandparents who speaks fluent Dutch; and Javanese naturally because I live in Java. As a child, I learned how to count and speak simple sentences in Dutch. I gained knowledge of my first English by watching television and reading comic books and when I went to a traditional market I liked using Javanese to be able to bargain more. Living in Indonesia with its many tribes and each tribe with its own vernaculars, I find it amusing to see how people react once they know you can speak even a little bit of their language. Iím also interested in seeing how language and culture are closely affects each other. That is why I typically look to work in an international environment. Even within accounting division, my tasks often require me to deal with people from different countries. My first employment was at EF where besides accounting experiences, I also learn a lot about communication from having to deal with teachers from many different countries such as USA, UK and Australia. My second employment again required me to deal with suppliers from China and Malaysia, and my present employment put me in high frequencies of written communication with staffs from India, Hong Kong, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Spain. All those experiences then enhance not only my social and communication skill but also attention into foreign languages. Though not directly related to my previous study, my past employments combined with my interest in language have encouraged me to take deeper study.
After some years in accounting field I realized that even though I enjoyed being an accountant, I also have ability in communicating with people. I enjoy analyzing people, listening to their problems and then trying to help them find the best solutions available. I like discussion. I take pleasure in finding different ways to state my opinions to assure other peopleís acceptance of some circumstances or ideas. Those aptitude combined with deeper study in language will be a great personal asset. For that reason I would like to develop my skills in language and communication. In the future I was looking for careers in an international field that mainly could fulfill my thirst of challenge, whether in accounting, communication or linguistic capacity that somehow will enable me to contribute into the societyís benefit; such as in the non profit organization or governmental institution.
While English is the first foreign language I speak fluently, my specific interest in Dutch language grew among others because Dutch has been a very familiar language for me, even before I started to learn English. The historical bound between Indonesia and the Netherlands put the Netherlands into one of the first foreign country I learnt about at school. My interest in the Dutch Studies Programme at Leiden University has much to do with the information I obtain regarding its interdisciplinary program and some good references I acquired from my Dutch course teachers and from families staying in the Netherlands. With its international orientation, complete curriculum and highly qualified lecturers, Iím ensured that this program is the best place to learn about the Netherlands, its language, history and culture.
In the past few years I have gained knowledge and capability needed to undertake this study. My professional experiences have strengthened my self-managerial skill, and my personal maturity makes me reliable and responsible. My familiarity with international environment will help me to adapt socially. Iím fond of sports, reading, dancing and singing; which tell that Iím a casual person. But then again, I like challenges and Iím serious in relation to matters I decide to achieve. Iím well aware of the programís heavy load especially during the first year, and Iím prepared to comply with all the requirements this programís offering.
Although I lack a formal education in that field, I am interested in linguistics. (I earned an accounting degree (when?), and I have been working in the field of accounting ever since.) I grew up hearing and speaking several languages: English from my mother who took English major in the university; Dutch from my grandparents who speaks fluent Dutch; and Javanese naturally because I live in Java. As a child, I learned how to count and speak simple sentences in Dutch. I gained knowledge of my first English by watching television and reading comic books, and when I went to a traditional market I liked using Javanese to be able to bargain with the vendors there.What do you think?