Example of admission essay on general

When I think about why I would like to attend NYU, I consider the myriad improvements I’ve made to my own character throughout the years, as well as the highly specific goals I have set for myself in the future. Self-actualization is the process of realizing one’s full potential – to really work hard and find out what you are capable of. Understanding the mind has been a particular passion of mine for a very long time – ever since my teenage years, I have struggled with my endless curiosity about why people do the things they do. Furthermore, I have always wanted to learn more about what people can do to better themselves. Realizing that I want to help people with their own emotional and life-related problems was a huge moment for me, and one that has brought me to my own quest of self-actualization. With my goals and ambitions in mind, I believe the psychology program at NYU is the right place for me to learn and grow.
I faced many difficulties at the beginning of my academic career; when I first started my undergraduate program, my grades struggled quite a bit. I had not been properly prepared for the stresses and rigors of college life in my high school experiences, and so I struggled greatly with meeting deadlines, setting my own schedule, and exercising time management. Granted, I was able to gradually repair these flaws in my study skills, but by then it was an uphill battle to regain the grades I had lost. It was a very demoralizing experience for me, as I recognized that I did not put forth my best effort when starting school. However, as I learned more about how to commit myself to tasks and set aside time for them, it became clearer just how capable I could become. My grades rose steadily, and they are now in a fairly good place. There are moments, admittedly, where I lament the time and opportunities lost by my own lack of dedication, but those are followed by moments of pride at what I accomplished by myself.
Around this same time, I started volunteering as a counselor and advisor for younger people (typically at-risk kids and teenagers), which was a tremendous challenge for me. I greatly admired the enthusiasm and energy with which they would listen to me and engage in their own pursuits, giving me inspiration to keep going just as I would inspire them. Each one of the children I mentored had their own set of problems, family anxieties and stressors; listening to their stories was humbling, as was their appreciation for my company and advice. The children I mentored reminded me of myself at a young age, and I now realize that I would have benefited from having someone like me around to provide support.
Despite my pride in my existing academic work to date, I eventually realized that I needed to focus my efforts elsewhere if I was to truly realize my potential. To that end, I wish to get the best education possible, which is one of the chief reasons I am applying to transfer to NYU to receive my psychology degree. Given the extent to which I enjoyed myself in the aforementioned volunteer program, I understood that helping people through understanding and dealing with their emotional problems was something that would bring me great fulfillment. It always fascinates me to learn more about a person and to help them arrive at the impetus for their emotional problems; as a result, it would thrill me immensely to become a psychologist and work with patients who needed my help.  While, as a psychologist, I would not be administering medicine, I would allow the patient to understand their condition through talk therapy and various exercises that could help them to overcome said condition.
This next step in my prospective career is to attend NYU and receive my degree in psychology; from there, my goals are to attend medical school and study to become a Doctor of Psychology. From there, I wish to become a licensed pediatrician and psychologist, focusing on child and family psychology; I believe that this is where my true passion lies, and where I can do the most good for the largest number of people in need. Upon graduation, my eventual goal is to set up practices in less developed parts of Asia, and help children by providing aid and mental health services in these underserved regions. There are areas of this continent in which children do not have the basic services they need to survive, and often the emotional toll of their difficult lives can be great. It is my hope that my presence could allow me to help these children with their respective problems, giving them the opportunity to live happier, more fulfilling lives. For these reasons and more, I would greatly appreciate the chance to give back to the world through the benefit of a quality education, which is what I would receive at NYU.