Personal Statement My name is Janna Byron and I believe that the University of Maryland is the best college that I could go to. Throughout the entirety of my life, I have always had the desire to cultivate and lead other people. One of my greatest goals in life is to open my own successful business and create fulfilling jobs for others. Due to this desire, I would create an application to the United States Military Academy (commonly known as West Point). After a long and challenging application process, in which I had to complete numerous academic and physical tests; I would be accepted. For the next two and half years, I would be both enrolled in West Point and become a member of the United States Army. During these two and half years I would be subjected to intense academic and physical training. This training would not only improve upon my current knowledge but would also build my leadership. On multiple occasions during my time at West Point, I was expected to lead and mentor other cadets. As a result of this expectation, I learned the fundamentals of how to guide others to a common goal. Learning how to connect with my subordinates as well as, how to maintain a professional relationship with them.West Point would also improve upon the core values that I had instilled within myself. At almost every moment while I was enrolled at West Point, they constantly reinforced three important values. These two important values would include honesty and unrelenting endurance. Each of these values was important to every cadet's continued success at West Point. If your superior and peers believed that a cadet was dishonest, the cadet would not only lose their respect but also would also receive disciplinary action. Also, if a cadet was not able to endure the physical and academic challenges presented to them at West Point, they would miss out on many opportunities that could benefit them and their education. Seeing both the benefits and consequences of these values at West Point, solidified their importance to me. Allowing me to cultivate myself into a person who not only maintains honesty towards everybody I encounter and can withstand all challenges directed at me. Although West Point had taught me countless valuable lessons and techniques, I had eventually come to learn that the military was not my desired occupation. After months of constant thought and thorough reflection, I decided to end my enrollment at West Point. I believe that enrolling at the University of Maryland with the knowledge I’ve gained from West Point, will undoubtedly allow me to reach my goals on my terms. The University of Maryland is the best way for me to achieve my goal of owning my own business.