In 1929 my grandfather took the train that runs along the Mediterranean coast from Haifa in the historic Palestine, to the city of Beirut in Lebanon. He did so to catch a ship taking off to Brazil, the New World. There was a strong wave of migration to the new world, even though the only way of traveling at that time was by ship, and this took over three months to reach the port of Rio de Janeiro.
Once at the new land, officials referred to my grandfather as the Turku, even though he was, in fact, Arabic. They did so as the Ottoman Empire, or the Turks, were still dominating South West Asia and North Africa at that time.
My grandfather returned home after 23 years. The Ottoman Empire he left behind had vanished, and even the British that colonized the place for years had also left. Instead, it was occupied by Palestinian territories under the Israeli rule. At this point, he promised never to leave home again. He kept this promise and passed away, at home, at the beginning of this year. My father also migrated to the new world, but to Columbia rather than Brazil, and by air rather than sea. Like my grandfather, he also returned home after 25 years, promising not to leave home again. He is currently living in the city of Ramallah, in the occupied Palestinian territories.
I am an established American citizen, and an immigrant; I am the son and the grandson of immigrants. I have tremendous patience and willpower to pursue and achieve the goals for which I once left my home.
The one thing that I have always been determined to gain is a high level of education; it is something that I have started and am not planning to end any time soon. The words of Jesus Christ come to mind, when he said, "he who pursued knowledge, or taught knowledge, or worked with his knowledge was called in the heavens a Great!" My application to graduate school is one element of this path.
I have completed a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from SFSU, which included modules of mathematics. My economics degree resembles the theoretical side of business and markets studies. I would like to enhance and balance this by studying the practical side of business sciences, as in the disciplines of accountancy and finance.
My short term goal is to achieve the CPA professional licensing. Public accountancy has becomes, and will continue to be, the backbone of the financial industry, and as a result, this specialization holds great value. I feel that that the best way to achieve such a goal is to enroll in the MSA program offered in your graduate school of business. This program will provide me with the required academic units, a deep knowledge of the subject, and a respectful Masters Degree in Accountancy. Rules are changing in the field of public accountancy; therefore the required 150 units and the detailed specifications of such courses, will make their graduate students the best future professionals in the field. I am hopeful that I will be one of them.