Importance Of Purpose To The Master Of Science

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“The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.” – Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of HP

As an employee of Chicago Public Schools, my overarching mission now is to make the goal Carly Fiorina speaks of, a priority across the school district. Though I would add, for the goal to be complete, we must also transform that insight into action. We must transform data into meaningful and positive action that will result in improved student outcomes, a more fulfilling student experience, and an overall better school system for the student’s, their families and the city. However, before I can effectively lead in this data driven mission I must first prepare myself to be a strong data analyst and thus the reason I am applying to the Master of Science in
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Like me, these kids came from low-income Latino families who, by and large, were living in the shadows as undocumented immigrants. These life circumstances often times present a great deal of obstacles for these students, which is reflected by their poor performance at school. I could relate with these five students because I too faced many of them same challenges growing up. For the majority of my childhood and through my college years I grew up as an undocumented immigrant in a low-income household. I performed especially poor in high school, eventually graduating with a 1.5 GPA. Low-income, undocumented, poor performing high schools graduates rarely attend college, much less finish. Ultimately though, with a strong family support system and a determined mindset, I was not only able to attend college but graduate as well. My personal challenges allowed me to connect with these kids on a very personal level. I was able to provide a clear example of someone in very similar circumstances as their own, overcoming the obstacles and succeeding in

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