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Life Statement

Components and Examples

In order to be admitted into the Multidisciplinary Studies program, you must submit answers to the following questions. When answering these questions, please be thorough. Unanswered questions could affect admission into the program.  We suggest you prepare your answers in a word document and then copy and paste them into the submission form.  Once you submit this form you will receive an emailed copy for your records.

  • Briefly, explain significant life events which demonstrate your work/life experience other than going to school full time. This can include jobs, volunteer work, military experience, raising a family, etc.
  • Explain why you feel the Multidisciplinary Studies program is a fit for your personal and professional goals. Explain what you hope to achieve as a result of obtaining this degree.
  • Describe what obstacles you foresee in your degree progress and how you will overcome them. Describe the resources you will use and what support systems you will have in place.


Life Statement Example

Briefly, explain significant life events which demonstrate your work/life experience other than going to school full time. This can include jobs, volunteer work, military experience, raising a family, etc.

I started working when I was sixteen years old and have been at it for almost twenty-four years now. Looking back at the experiences I have garnered I can’t bring myself to regret the path that I took. I worked for five years traveling to implement a massive IT project for a corporation based in Boise. I was employed at that company seventeen years and took classes at BSU when I could. Eventually, that experience gave me the opportunity to work with huge, amazing, beautiful sets of data. I worked as an IT consultant for some of the largest companies in the world and was able to experience waiting in line for a work permit at the Canadian border many, many times for three years as an IT consultant. During that time was working 60 hours a week and my commute time to work was around 20 hours a week. While I was learning a lot, it was next to impossible to take any formal classes.

My husband is an adult learner as well. While I worked full-time to help put him through school he worked away and graduated this past January from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Health Science, emphasis in healthcare IT. He worked very hard for his degree, but I can’t pretend I wasn’t envious that I wasn’t able to go at the same time. Now that we have gotten him through, it is my turn.

Explain why you feel the Multidisciplinary Studies program is a fit for your personal and professional goals. Explain what you hope to achieve as a result of obtaining this degree.

I’ve come to a crossroad in my career, and have very purposely positioned myself to a place where I am able and ready to finish what I started more than twenty years ago. Recently I found myself back on the Boise State website after several years of not taking classes and discovered a new program. Reading through the description for the Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies I wondered if somehow they had gotten into my head and developed a program specifically for me.

This past summer in preparation for my return to school I started working for a company that doesn’t need me to travel as much. I am ready to settle in and finish what I started, and I am absolutely convinced that MDS program is the perfect fit for me. My goal is not to stop at an undergraduate degree, but to continue on to get my MBA. I want to have an education that backs up my years of experience. As a woman in a field dominated by men I have been passed over for positions that I was much better qualified for. I need to have the documentation to back me up so that this doesn’t happen again. I have a wide variety of interests, but want to focus on classes that will help me become a better IT leader, and become a better communicator.

Describe what obstacles you foresee in your degree progress and how you will overcome them. Describe the resources you will use and what support systems you will have in place.

I am a workaholic. This will be my biggest obstacle now that I am no longer traveling. Last week I had an amazing job offer from my former employer. As difficult as it was to do, I turned it down. I am absolutely committed to finishing this degree, and taking that job would have made that very difficult to do. I know that I have gone through this process backwards from the way most have done it, but I feel like what I learn now will be directly impacting my daily life at work. By viewing what I am learning in terms of directly helping me in my job I will overcome feeling like school is taking away from me doing the best job that I can for my employer. I feel like my education will have a direct benefit to how I am performing my job. This shift in perception will allow me to place the importance on my education that it has always deserved. My husband is ready to support me in this. My employer is ready to support me in this. I am committed, focused, and ready. Bring it on.

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