Please comment on my PS and provide your valuable suggestions. Thank you. In my arithmetic class in grade one, I once was requested to recite the multiplication table. “…five multiply nine equals to forty-five. Six multiply nine equals to fifty-four.” I got into silence suddenly. I was just wondering why five multiply nine equals to the digit reverse of six multiply nine. My silence annoyed my teacher. She said that I was so stupid that I even could not remember the multiplication table. Anyway, I don’t think I was stupid or not suitable for study. From elementary school to high school, I usually took No. 1 in all kinds of mathematics exams and contests in my city. However, I had two shortcomings, one is that I viewed the world too realistic and could not tolerate any flaws, and another is that I lacked persistence, since I got excellent performance too easily. In Sept, 1998, I entered the Department of Mathematics, y University. It was not my ideal college. No wonder, I felt a little disappointed and did not concentrate on my study for a while. Nevertheless, I tried to get out of the depression. In my senior year, I planed to go to the US for further study, and I got an offer from x University. However, my visa application was refused. Afterwards, due to financial pressure, I did not seek graduate study in China, but found a job in y University first. Years past, I had got a lot from my job: working experience, decent pay, promotion. However, they were far from what I want. I like imagination and discoveries, so I decided to pursue a valuable graduate study. My action was not easy since my job duties and some other things took up much time. However, the pleasure of learning and imagination gave me the necessary motivation and courage. Consequently, I began to look at mathematics from a totally new angle. For example, I noticed that Weierstrass Theorem and the Nested Interval Theorem basically refer to one thing in different ways. I took GRE sub twice, and got 680 (63%) and 760 (79%) consequently. I had planed to get 90% at the second time. However, I had to help my wife with her PhD study application, MS degree thesis, visa application, and etc. It was August when she successfully went to South Carolina. Furthermore, I was a little nervous at the second time. Anyway, the score itself is not as important as what I learn from the course of my study. A graduate student in Philosophy once said to me” Mathematics is totally different from other natural sciences, because it is absolute truth, precise and flawless. ” I partly agree with him. Yes, mathematics is a precise science, and it maps to the real world very well. But it is not perfect at this time. Based on some axioms or self-evident truths, we derive theorems by logic reasoning. But this method is not always effective. Sometimes we even can not decide the authenticity of a proposition in our predefined logical system. We have to find answers outside the existed system. The department of mathematics at z University has many creative faculty members. They are the most precious resources for a graduate student. That’s the most important reason of my application. It is a long way for me to go. At Newton’s time, a genius can master mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy together. But today, only a few people can keep up with the rapidly advancing frontier of knowledge, and they have to devote their whole time to it and specialize in a small area. I am just a beginner at this time, and do not have a fixed direction yet. I also know that my academic background is not the best. But I believe my determination, persistence, and intelligence can help me achieve my goal – discovering more mysteries on mathematics. Yes, I can. I wish sincerely I could study and perform research here, and gain a broad vision of mathematics. P.S. A writing sample is attached with this statement. It is very simple. But you may take a look at it if you wish.