Special Agent Personal Statement

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“Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity,” has been the longstanding motto of the Federal Bureau of Investigation since being founded in 1908, by J. Edgar Hoover and Theodore Roosevelt.

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, was once infamously known as the “Murder Capital of the World” from 2008 to 2013, due to territorial control amongst drug cartels and daily mass murders. I was born in El Paso, Texas, which is bordered with Ciudad Juarez. Unfortunately, I witnessed this violence first hand at the time it was occurring. I come from a Hispanic background, with more than half of my family currently residing in Mexico. Being surrounded by constant border violence was the catalyst for my life long goal of becoming an FBI Special Agent. I entered college with
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I was selected to be one of the 20 students out of 200 applicants to go to this academy. This selection was based off my academic performance, extra-curricular activities, volunteer work, and my application essays. Current Special Agents, members of the SWAT team, and Forensic Analysts instructed at this academy. The academy encompassed a replica of multiple crime scenes, a visit to a body farm, a tour around the FBI headquarters in El Paso, and visitation to a federal prison. All of the agents present in the academy helped reassure me that a degree in psychology would be crucial to the work force when interrogating potential suspects and identifying their motives. The body farm we visited was located in Freeman Ranch operated by Texas State University where we all learned a vast amount of the human anthropology side of forensics. The forensic team helped us learn how to solve the postmortem interval to determine time of death. I also had the chance to visit La Tuna: a federal prison located 15 miles north of El Paso which houses approximately 1,500 inmates who are incarcerated for crimes ranging from white-collar crimes to murder. The FBI Academy served as a microcosm that was parallel to the field of law and forensics. Being selected to go to this academy was an honor because not only did it give me an insight on how the field of law enforcement operates, but it also taught me how to…show more content…
My freshman year at Texas State University was highlighted by making the Dean’s List, receiving the Outstanding Freshman Award, and getting a Resident Assistant position that I am currently fulfilling as I apply to the University of Texas at Austin. Everything I have ever done is tied in with my lifelong goal of being employed by the elite group of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and it all starts at the University of Texas. I have never wanted anything more in my life than to attend this prestigious university where I feel confident that I will be challenged both academically and culturally. I can attest that I will exhibit fidelity, bravery, and integrity inside and outside of the classroom. I know my commitment to academic achievements will go a long way in helping me achieve my ultimate goal, and that is attending UT and representing the Latino population through a strong and steadfast academic commitment to success. I am prepared to overcome any hardships and obstacles that I may encounter.
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