1. in No More Than 750 Words, Tell Us Why You Believe This Graduate Program at George Mason University Is the Best Fit for You? Include Information About Your Personal Qualities, Academic Background, Professional Experience, and Career Goals. Essay

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I believe the graduate program at George Mason University is the best fit for me since it will help me continue the journey toward my ultimate career goal, a journey that began early in my life. Since the first time I laid eyes on financial charts as a young girl, I have been fascinated by finance related topics. This curiosity led me to focus my studies at the University of Virginia on commerce with an emphasis on finance and information technology. During that time, to gain practical experience and insights, I held several internships that covered every part of the business, from finance and accounting to data management. Upon graduation I accepted a full-time position at SAIC, where I spent the first three years in FP&A managing the finances for two independent operations with combined annual revenue of nearly $160M, over 100 active contracts, and 600 employees worldwide. In recognition of my data management skills, during 2013 I was offered the opportunity to move into financial system management where I administered Hyperion planning applications implementation and maintenance. Just over a year later, I was approached by management with another opportunity, this time the opportunity was to become the Treasury Operations Manager, primarily focusing on strategic planning, banking, and M&A. While I was performing financial modeling, creating projections for routine cash, five year P&L/Balance Sheet/Cash, and EPS projections, and managing short-term and long-term investments, I began to develop a better picture of the financial build up as a whole. Not incidentally, when I was assigned responsibility for conducting valuation on a potential acquisition this past year, and I was required to communicate with the top executive management and external consultants on the final results, it made me realize that there is so much more that I can learn in order to

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