UNM Personal Statement

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This spring, I will be completing my first year of graduate school in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico. I graduated with a B.S. Degree in Environmental Science from UNM last year and was the first in my family to earn a college degree. I transferred to UNM in the fall of 2012 and have had the opportunity to interact with many professors, which I feel helped to influence my decision for graduate school. I entered the environmental field because I recognize the importance of conserving the resources that have sustained my family and the members of my tribe, both culturally and economically, for many generations. As the oldest of five children, I feel that it is my obligation to not only demonstrate the importance of an education, but also teach my younger siblings the tribal traditions of Santa Clara Pueblo. Remaining at UNM for graduate studies has allowed me to focus on local environmental issues that involve different aspects of hydrology, and has also provided me with the ability to address widespread issues pertaining to climate change and water quality. In addition to being a full-time student, I have also been employed as a hydrologic intern with the U.S. Geological Survey in Albuquerque for over five years. I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of many projects at the USGS, including…show more content…
I wish to show them that we can have a better life and still hold on to our traditions. I never thought I could afford to attend college, but with the help of many people and scholarships, many of my financial worries have been alleviated. I am very grateful and hope that I could one day be a blessing to someone in need. My determination and the help I may receive from this scholarship will enable me to continue my studies at UNM and achieve my goal of obtaining a master’s degree. Thank you for your time and
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