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Discover meaning in travel

I love traveling. I have been to a plethora of countries spanning 6 continents and 100+ cities of the world. Being a world traveler, I realize, however, that what I enjoy most isn't just the beautiful landscapes or delicious cuisines, but my interactions with local people; those experiences were like stamps, carved in my mind and served as a permanent reminder of optimism, aspiration, and motivation in my life. I still vividly remember when I visited a rural area in Yunnan China, where a 7-year-old boy worked full-time in doing chores meant for adults, in order to ease the family burden. My heart squeezed. Wanting to help out, I offered him some food and books so he can temporarily supplement nutrition to the body and brain. At the end, when I was about to leave, he said: "I had a good time, can you please stay with me?" It touched my heart. I extended my stay for another hour or so. Before my departure, he hugged me tight and told me to come back again. I left devastated, wishing that I could stay with him or had a more sustainable way to feed him and release him from the shackles of physical labor. I know there are many more people like him out there. In another time, I met these sisters in a small village in Shaanxi China. It was late summer, where the weather was scorching hot and full of mosquitoes. The little sister's whole body was bitten by the mosquitoes and I felt so bad. I asked her if it was very itchy, and she said yes but that she was accustomed to it since she has to deal with it every day of the summer. I gave her two bottles of mosquito spray and showed her how to use it. After I left her, my heart ached -- their parents make a living by recycling the trash, their house is a few meters away from a giant dumpster, and the kids are raised with a bad-smelling environment with flies and mosquitoes everywhere. But even so, they are happy and optimistic.  I am grateful for everything that I have today, but knowing that there are many others who lack basic life essentials and have unfortunate lifestyles, I am motivated to make a difference in the world and change people's lives.   
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Hi Harvard!

I was excited when one day, I turned on my computer and found out that I received an email from Harvard, congratulating me for my admission to the Business Analytics Program! I am delighted to share my experience with the community and to the thousands of people out there from all over the world who also want to apply for the same program. I hope my personal statement can provide some useful tips on what constitutes a solid personal statement and topics that would be nice to cover. Please see below – hope it helps! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On a Sunday afternoon, I was browsing my newsfeed on LinkedIn, when I saw a post about the Harvard Business Analytics Program. This set off a memory of when I was only 10 years old with a Harvard student who tutored me math and English. That experience was so unforgettable and has positively impacted my life. With that excitement, I looked into the curriculum of the program and saw it is designed to strengthen core management skills and ability to find innovative ways to analyze, predict and apply data strategies across business sectors. As manager of customer analytics in a global fast-paced technology company, I find the deep necessity to enhance data-driven techniques, get exposure to digital strategy and innovation and sharpen my management skills. There is no better program and community than the Harvard Business Analytics Program to provide the skills and experience I need to excel at my current position, while preparing for my ultimate goal of building and leading a world-class analytics team at Dropbox. With a heavier background in business over technology, I sometimes find it hard applying right techniques in solving a business problem. Often it is due to unawareness of the existence of a technology and limited knowledge applying it. Also, it results in the lack of innovation and inability to optimize resources. Last week we were discussing how to turn unstructured survey data to structured data, ultimately to insights. We currently rely on a third-party vendor, but it’s not the ideal solution as it is very expensive and we have no way to validate their results due to lack of skillset and bandwidth. Realizing that if I want to change the situation or eventually bring the exercise back in house, I must develop some data science techniques to at least recognize the technology behind an exercise and the complexity of it. With my team growing I also need to enhance leadership skills. Becoming aware of the Leadership and Innovation class where the instructor employs the congruence model linking strategy to execution through alignment of culture, people, tasks, and executive leadership, I know this program will help me. To be a better manager, I am still trying to find the optimal balance between getting the job done and building relationships, I hope to find an answer through the class. There are numerous other examples to support the conclusion that I need to better data technology and management skills to maximize efficiencies and outcomes for my company. As an individual, I am passionate, culturally aware, and supportive. I bring positive energy to people as well as excite and motivate them to dream bigger. I have many topics to contribute – from having lived in four countries in the past ten years, to building a worldwide community (to learn more please visit www.sangclub.com). As a business professional I am extremely motivated, persistent, and willing to learn. If I had the honor to be admitted to the program, I would love to share my career stories, build meaningful connections, contribute my knowledge in business analytics, get involved in communities offering help, and discuss trending techniques around data and leadership. Thank you very much for your consideration! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Chichen Itza, not Chicken Pizza

If you were ever looking for a fantastic weekend getaway, I highly recommend visiting Chichen Itza, another of the Seven Wonders of the World. My work schedule is extremely busy but nevertheless I was able to make this trip happen without missing a day at work! I will give you a quick overview of how I made it in three days.   I departed SFO on a late Friday night, arriving at CUN on Saturday at about 7 a.m local time. The weather was stunningly beautiful and warm, a stark contrast to windy and chilly San Francisco. Chichen Itza is a two hour drive from Cancun, so I recommend picking up a car near the Cancun airport, as it is the most convenient and inexpensive option. Make sure to book it advance, which costs only $5/day. On the way there, you will be required to pay tolls in cash(pesos), the local currency, because other currencies and credit card are not accepted. I grabbed a hearty breakfast at a nearby hotel, called Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa, which had an amazing view of the ocean at the beach onsite.   After breakfast, I began driving to Mayaland Resort & Bungalows, the hotel that I would stay for the night. The drive is very simple and involves driving on a straight road for the majority of the time. Mayaland Resort provides not only free parking but also its own entrance to Chichen Itza to avoid the long lines. There is also a buffet here for those that want to grab something to eat. The next destination was visiting Cenote Ik Kil, a short drive from the hotel, and one of the most breathtaking places I have ever experienced in my entire life. Feel free to bring swimsuits and spend time swimming in this gorgeous cenote.    After admiring the beauty of nature that the cenote has to offer, I headed back to the hotel to watch a night time show. It was a unique 360 immersive experience that you watched on the ceiling of the room. It provided a historical perspective of Chichen Itza and various mythological stories that revolved around this landmark.   I got up in the morning at 7 a.m. the next day to eat breakfast and prepared to visit Chichen Itza, which opens from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chichen Itza itself is a city built by the Mayans and was critical from about 600 AD to 1200 AD. When entering Chichen Itza, I first encountered what was known as the Group of a Thousand Columns. Divided into three separate regions and with a roof previously on top, these columns served both civic and religious purposes.   The main attraction to see at Chichen Itza is the pyramid El Castillo, also known as Temple of Kukulcan. A fun fact about this pyramid is that each of the four sides consists of 91 steps, meaning that these steps, along with the temple platform on top, results in 365 steps! Other places of interest worth visiting in Chichen Itza are the Great Ball Court, Sacred Cenote, the Osario, and El Caracol (observatory). Note that the cenote here is only for viewing purposes and not for swimming. Overall, about 3 hours was spent visiting Chichen Itza. While at Chichen Itza, I left my luggage in the hotel room and returned by noon for check out.   I then drove to Playa del Carmen to take the ferry to the charming island of Cozumel. At Playa del Carmen, I had one of the most delicious meals at a must-try restaurant called Carnitas y Barbacoa Silao. Unfortunately, most of the beaches were closed on Sunday, but it was still wonderful to breathe the air of Cozumel. After taking the ferry back, I ended my day by staying at Courtyard by Marriott Cancun Airport, a nice hotel that provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport. My flight was 6:45 a.m. the next day, so I was able to arrive in San Francisco and continue with the rest of my day.   Although my trip was relatively short, it was a fulfilling and productive weekend spending it in Mexico and completing another of the Seven Wonders of the World!