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I am trying to write a self-motivation letter to apply a position, but I am not sure what is the better way to describe one of my past experience. I am trying to describe that there are only two people on a competition team with engineering background and I am one of them with engineering background.

Originally description I wrote was

As one of only-two people with engineering background on the team, I taught how to model our system based on differential equations by myself and learnt how to collaborate with other team members from biomedical disciplines.

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Frankly, if you needed to teach yourself modeling with differential equations, that makes your engineering background look rather sketchy. So I would not write it like that. How about "In our team, as one of two members with an engineering background I was responsible for creating the differential equation model of our system in collaboration with our team members with a biomedical background."

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I am not sure what a "self-motivation" letter is.

If it is to be seen by anyone other than yourself, I strongly advise you to avoid the word "only" because that diminishes the rest of the team. Better to say something like "As one of the two team members with a strong engineering background, my particular role was.."

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  • As far as I know, self-motivation letter is more like a self-recommendation letter. I don't know this term before. Thank you for your advice.
    – Hsiao Yi
    Feb 24, 2018 at 18:12
  • If you think my answer is OK, please accept it. If not please say why not.
    – JeremyC
    Feb 24, 2018 at 23:25
  • I think I will accept your answer, but I want to know if you have further suggestion based on that you know it's a self-recommendation letter.
    – Hsiao Yi
    Feb 26, 2018 at 1:00

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