早稲田大学 国際教養学部 AO入試 志望理由書 提出例(平山 廉 教授参考)
Dear Admission Office,
I am writing this letter with an intention to explain my purpose in applying for School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University, hoping to pursue a major in Natural Science and Paleontology later in my academic year. I would be more than grateful if you could kindly give it a read and grant me an unconditional admission or an opportunity to the next in-person interview. During the interview, I would also be delighted to expand more on my area of studies and what I can achieve upon joining the school.
Just like fast advancement in all other industries, new advancement in X-ray topography, virtual models and 3D printing are leveling up our knowledge of the ancient animals and also modern ones. Let’s start with the word, “Paleontology” was coined all the way back in 1822 by a French scientific journal, but the study of non-dinosaur fossils goes back much further. We all grew up watching sci-fi shows and movies like Jurassic Park, and may think paleontology is a dead area of study and still using methods of ancient time ago. But that is not true anymore, both in discovery work happening on the ground and underwater. In fact, though still time-consuming to create, new imaging techniques are allowing fossils to be virtually removed from surrounding rock, saving months or years of meticulous work and the resulting virtual bones/models can be easily shared and studied, or even printed for easier collaboration, along with the ability to compare dozens of specimens from institutions across the world. As Smithsonian Magazine explains, once “precise models are created, the fossils can be tested in new ways, such as subjecting them to biomechanical analysis, the same way structural engineers test bridges and buildings before they’re built. This can tell scientists a lot of information such as how a given animal could have walked, what it ate, how fast it could move, and what kinds of movements it couldn’t make because of limitations of its bone and muscle.” Fortunate or unfortunate, one of the major issues now facing the field of paleontology is how surprisingly little we know about modern, living animals.
On a different note, as a consequence, we are starting to see news and documentaries addressing ethical problems and need for legal framework due to the unexpected discovery of these valuable information and what has become possible such as reviving dinosaurs and creating animal clones. As well as studying advancement of technologies, knowledge in international laws and academic practices seems to be essential for anyone who wish to work in these fields.
We live in a world of many changes, constant adoption and following consequences, and more than ever understanding different cultures and industry trend has been so important to guide our own career. Therefore, I feel passionate about gaining broad knowledge in international studies from diverse perspectives and deep dive in natural sciences. I am impressed with a wide range of study programs that can be found on online syllabus. And in order for me to attain high-level education and equip myself with what is needed to survive the next decades of globalization and competition, it is extremely important for me to study various international studies among like-minded students at Waseda where liberal studies is offered. Thank you very much for reading and I am very much looking forward to hearing good news.