I am applying to grad school and I need to write a statement of intent. Here is what I have and I need input please. It can only be <300 words. I got a crappy GPA but great letters of recommendation and 2 internships. Thanks a bunch!
"My name is Aspiring Planner and I am applying for the masters program in Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly to gain the practical and theoretical expertise necessary for the planning profession. Within the past year I have been employed at two planning departments, one of them as a volunteer in the City of Arcata, and the other as a paid intern in the County of San Mateo.
My interests within the field of planning include revitalization of derelict neighborhoods, historical preservation, and affordable housing. I am especially interested in learning about the public policy and economic aspects of planning, so that I can improve the vitality and efficiency of the communities I work in. My career goals are to hopefully join the Peace Corps (which has always been a goal of mine) or other international agency so that I can assist in the development of communities abroad. I would be eager to work within the United States as well.
I realize that my grade point average from my undergraduate years at UCSB is not stellar. This was due to the fact that I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life and I floundered a bit. In hindsight I probably should have taken a year or two off before going to college, so that I could gain some focus and motivation before perusing a degree in higher education. But I hope that my GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and internship experiences are able to compensate for my poor GPA, and prove that I have goals which I am now working towards. If you require that I join your program on a probationary status, I would welcome that. Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to join your program by next fall."