“When you shift from a compulsion to survive into a heartfelt commitment to serve, your life cannot help but explode into success. “
To begin with, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Shivani and I hail from Mohali, SAS Nagar, Punjab, India. There are seven members in my family. My grandparents are retired government officials. My father is present owns a small scale retail business of automobiles and spare parts. My mother is Political science lecturer at Minerva Public School of Sports and Armed forces excellence. My younger sister is pursuing Bachelors in Commerce from Mehr Chand Mahajan College affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh and my younger brother is studying in second standard at Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Chandigarh.
I have completed my year 10th from Central Board of Secondary Education in year 2012 with 9.6 CGPA and year 12th from the same board with 84.6%. I completed Bachelors of Pharmacy program at Chitkara University, Rajpura, Punjab in 2018 with CGPA of 8.43 on 10 point scale. I took my IELTS exam on 5th January 2019 and scored overall 7 bands.
I have always been curious to read more about human body systems. It all started as for the first time in seventh standard there was a chapter on human digestive system in my curriculum book. It grabbed all my attention as it was read throughout the science lecture. Ever since then I wanted to study more deep into subject. And therefore chose my bachelor’s in pharmacy program as a first step towards a more inquisitive carrier.
During my bachelor’s degree I have enthusiastically participated in various extracurricular activities like various events at college level such as product literature, Cerebrum (pharmacy quiz), Med Art, Formula Zione (formulation), and various sports activities such as badminton and table tennis and bagged several prizes. Moreover I have also organised events at college level as an organizer. Moreover, as my grade cards will attest to, I have excelled in my undergraduate programme and consistently achieved standing amongst top two of my class. I have done so through dedication, hard work and solid understanding of concepts presented in each course.
I have also acquired certification in Industrial training programme in various departments such as Production, Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Microbiology in SENTISS during one month programme in summer 2016. Apart from this I have also worked as a Trainee Production Chemist for a month at Glyco Labs during summer 2017. This helped me enhance my intellect about how pharmacy industry works. I have also been a part of various workshops, national and international conferences and volunteered the biggest pharmaceutical conference of India that was 69th INDIAN PHARMACEUTICAL CONGRESS that held from 22nd to 24th December 2017.
During my last two semesters of bachelors programme I carried out a research project under the supervision of Dr. Sandeep Arora (Dean Chitkara College of Pharmacy) and Dr. Anju Goyal (Professor and Head Pharmaceutical Chemistry) on the topic “Biological Evaluation of Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles using Asafoetida by green chemistry”,
Now I am planning to pursue Masters of Science programme in Pharmaceutical science. Undoubtedly, there are similar courses available in my home country in various universities such as Panjab University, Jamia Hamdard, and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research. For the same I appeared for entrance exams and qualified with 95 percentile. As a part of admission procedure, seats are allocated according to category and quota system. Over this time period I realised that education structure in India is based on old pattern on teaching with greater focus on abstract knowledge rather than research or skill based training. I cannot refute to the fact that in India assessment is generally examination based whereas otherwise foreign students are assessed through assignments, essays, group discussions, research ability, and skills. As a student one gets more exposure to research environment and is encouraged towards self-studying and creative thinking.
Before I finalized Canada, I also looked for similar programmes in Australia and United States of America. In United States the courses are costlier, talking about universities such as Purdue University, Buffalo University, Pittsburgh University, Ohio State University, the annual fees is around USD 45,000. Apart from this the acceptance rate for an overseas students is almost negligible even after having GRE and TOEFL score. I also attended various workshops and education fairs provided by Australian and Canadian education providers and therefore after comparing I finally decided to go for Canada.
I searched for numerous universities in Canada offering the Masters programme in Pharmaceutical Science. I discovered that University of Alberta is offering the same programme of my choice. I was enlightened to know about the best infrastructural facilities and advanced technological equipment and apparatus provided by the university. Moreover I found several research areas being discovered by the eminent professors. I personally found the research articles of Dr. Neil Davies , Dr. Dion Brocks, and Dr. Patrick Mayo informative and interesting. As I want to pursue my research carrier in Drug delivery or pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic study of drugs. I feel very elated to say University of Alberta has been bestowed by these renowned professors.
This opportunity to pursue graduate programme will be a magnificent experience for me and allow to further elucidate pathways for research oriented carrier. Moreover, I will be honoured to work under these eminent research experts. I am confident that this opportunity to network and acquire skills will prove invaluable in holistically developing me towards my ultimate goal of serving people and become a Research Scientist.
I would be coming back home after completion of my two year Masters degree programme as I am very attached to my family and would like to take care of them in future years and as an eldest child I consider it as my responsibility to be with them when they grow old and cater my home country with the knowledge and skills that I would acquire over the period of my two year programme.
Therefore, I make an earnest appeal to your honour urging to accept this application. If granted, this will open doors to new and massive prospects for me.