Hi, my prompt is Please tell us how you would use your Wesleyan education to make a contribution to your home country. (Approximately 400 words.)
Here's my essay...
My major academic interest at Wesleyan University is sociology. From the web site I saw that a full and systematic sociology course includes introduction, sociology analysis, gender and development and other social politics. I have been interested in sociology since high school, and this course at Wesleyan offers a multidisciplinary program for students. Learning sociology would always seem to be an exploring experience, especially when the professional knowledge is applied with the usage of interdisciplinary understandings. Studying how different systems work in the world can offer me new perspectives to examine the system in my own country.
As we know it, People's Republic of China was founded in October 1st, 1949. Being isolated from the capitalized world, China created its own, new theories of socialism and after many daring attempts and some historical mistakes, successfully combined the theories of socialism and capitalism to develop the country. Since 1978, China has been going through vast changes and developments. Now, though as one of the most economically and politically powerful country in the world, China is encountering more and more problems that have never occurred before. The gap between rich and poor is getting larger every day; injustice is ubiquitous in education, medical and social security systems; the environment is polluted for the acceleration of industrialization; the lack of knowledge and awareness among the general public is common yet vexing...Similar problems have occurred in different countries, but never has one single country encountered so many questions. People call it the "bottleneck effect" in the primary stage of socialism. Indeed, Chinese people have no references to consult; perfection of one social system needs hard work and innovative ideas.
For me, it will be vital that I can use my Wesleyan education to contribute to China. Sociology provides students with opportunities to explore, to discover, to understand, and to create. This would be a perfect approach to develop systematic understanding of society structures and how they correlate with the development of economy, politics, etc. At Wesleyan, I would make the best of every opportunity to broaden my horizons, to develop mental maturity and to earn experiences that will never be gained elsewhere. I want my four years at Wesleyan to be fulfilling and exciting, and what I learn in the sociology program will always mean something throughout my life. There will certainly be more and more people learning sociology so as to make contributions to their home countries. For me, I have been trying really hard, and I have never regretted about it.