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My name is Jing Li, and I write to convince this recruitment board that I am the right choice for enrollment in the US Navy to serve in the position of Surface Warfare Officer. For the last [+high school] years, I have spent most of my time pushing harder and further so as to not only to be competent among my kin, but also to be personally competent. I have always believed that service to a cause higher than me is a noble ideal to achieve and have always striven to live in accord with that belief. That is why when I heard about the opportunity to serve in the prestigious US institution, I immediately became convinced that the chance I had always been waiting for, the chance to effect positive change through service to others, is at my grasp. I am a believer that positive change cannot be achieved without taking initiative and trusting in one’s ability to do so. I am therefore confident in my ability to make something great out of my enrollment in your esteemed program. I am convinced that this position will help me in my journey of personal development since it projects the same values that I hold dear. These are the values of honor, courage and commitment (U.S. Navy). I would consider it a great honor therefore, to serve among other believers of these same values. I also strive to demonstrate courage when my country needs me to and to stay committed to the cause of protecting the citizens of this nation through fulfilling my duty as a Surface Warfare Officer.
I recently graduated from SUNY Maritime College where I earned a Cum Laude distinction in the Bachelors of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering course. My experience inside the maritime college has been a major motivator for me to strive to achieve the best I could have in academics since I am aware that the US navy takes in only the best. With the objective to serve in mind, I acquired knowledge and skills relevant to maritime service. Although I claim proficiency in technical fields such as Heat Transfer, Engineering Graphics, Programming, Thermodynamics, Statistical Analysis, Materials Science, Electrical Circuits, Vibrations, Fluid Mechanics, Statics, Dynamics, Marine Engineering Design, Applied Naval Architecture, Technical Writing, Speech, Mechanical Engineering Design and Economics, I believe that the opportunity to serve in your ranks will provide a chance to hone these skills and acquire even more invaluable skills from the men and women who have devoted their lives to using their talents to defend this nation. I aspire to one day serve in their ranks and therefore beseech your consideration. I have demonstrated resilience and determination during my course at SUNY Maritime School by fulfilling the demanding academic objectives even when the odds seemed against me. As an undeclared student and with a penchant for the arts, my parents, peers and even academic advisors discouraged me from taking the engineering course. There once was an academic advisor who even verbally scolded me claiming that I wouldn’t make it as an engineer. My peers during the beginning of my course would remark that I did not look like and engineering student. However, these taunts only strengthened my resolve to succeed. I vowed to prove to myself and them that being a woman would not stop me from heeding to my engineering calling. That is why I was among the 10% of the only women to graduate from my class. This knack for championing success among other women has inspired leadership interests in me. I would thus appreciate a position where i could lead other women in my field. This interest has been nurtured through my involvement in the Society of Women Engineers where through interaction with other strong willed individuals, I have vowed to be a beacon of success to other women. That is why I proudly aspire to join the many other strong willed women who have in the past and in the present served in the US Navy.
The call to serve however did not solely stem from the need for employment in the US Navy. This is because I have served priory in volunteering capacities in the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy where I performed gardening tasks. I therefore reiterate my passion for devoting my time and skills to a cause greater than I. The idea to serve the underprivileged was perhaps ingrained in me as a result of the Asian culture, which being an Asian American has been a source of values. In middle school, asides from being the valedictorian, I would assist my parents in their shops at “Hua Yuan Kitchen” about twice a week and I still managed to have the highest GPA in my class. Additionally, I would get involved in art projects like helping the teachers create calendars. This passion for the arts was developed in high school where I was picked for many art shows. The volunteering intervals were always emotionally fulfilling since the will to help others has always been a huge part of my make-up. I hope to bring this will to the Navy should my application be successful. Moreover I believe my artistic mindset will be useful in coming up with creative ideas that could positively impact your institution. I have worked under professional engineers in a number of internships. This has allowed me to acquire a dimension of practicality to my technical knowledge. During an apprenticeship with Aramark Corporation in the Bronx in 2016, I became acquainted with how mechanical engineering is integrated to the world to solve problems. I Surveyed and verified over 460 equipment information for all mechanical equipment installed throughout the buildings, their respective boilers rooms, chiller rooms, and the yards, as part of new campus construction. This experience was an important part of my instruction as I gained insight into how to care for complex engineering structures. The complexity of the naval vessels has endeared me towards this position as I now yearn for a chance to coordinate the maintenance of such structures. My time at Herbert interiors finishing aided in the development of my problem solving skills through the design and modeling of client-defined engineering projects through the use of computer aided design. I also learned the value of precision and exactitude. I hope to put this problem solving insights to use in the Navy.
The chance to serve in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer is not only a career opportunity but also an opportunity to follow in the noble path of my mentor brother who was recently honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps. Moreover, while researching about the roles of a Surface Warfare Officer, I developed clarity of mind that the position provided the job environment that I always aspired to. Though the situation of the job environment may change when on the ground, my ability to adapt to unfamiliar settings will help me to fit in and excel in my allotted duties. I also want to graduate into the next stage in my personal journey of development, which is using the knowledge I have gathered for the entire course of my life to make a substantial difference in the lives of others. I believe that the Surface Warfare Officer position in the US Navy will grant me that opportunity. In the light of the above disclosures, I hereby beseech the recruitment board to pay precedence to my application for the post.
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