Why CMU?

Please submit a one page essay that explains why you have chosen your major, department or program. This essay should include the reasons why you’ve chosen the major, any goals or relevant work plans and any other information you would like us to know. If you are applying to more than one college or program, please mention each college or program you are applying to. Our Admission Committee reviews applicants by college and programs and the essay can impact their final decision. Please do not exceed one page for this essay.


My mother’s rehearsed speech about how “Tiffany became interested in business because I took her along to see my financial advisor” is not entirely true. Although I found my mother’s financial consultation sessions interesting and felt flattered when her advisor offered me an internship, my interest in business actually began with my involvement in Kiva, a microfinance organization.

I started making monthly loans with my personal savings and income from Cosh(ex), my calculator program startup. In three years, I watched $342 multiply with ease to $750. The personal side of microfinance is even more impressive than its numerical aspect. In two years, I watched Kiva expand its influence in higher education. To date, 77% of my loans are to education, which is the ticket out of poverty and the solution to discrimination—the ultimate cure-all. Not coincidentally, I am applying to the Tepper School of Business, a school focused on solving global problems, for higher education. Although there is no microfinance club at Tepper, it does have the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Association, where I hope to gain hands-on experience before ultimately becoming a social entrepreneur.

Another way I hope to make a difference is through improving...

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