Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

Since I was in high school, I have dreamed of being a therapist. I knew that my strength was in helping others at that in order to do so, I would have to push myself to obtain an education and begin my career. I recieved my bachelors in psychology and went straight on for my masters in social work. Along the way, I have continued to push myself to achieve my dream of helping others by advocating for destigmatization of mental health and involvement in professional organizations. For my graduate program, all of my schooling has been online which was a new experience for me. Being the first in my family to attend college as well as the first to go on for my masters, there has been a lot I have had to learn on my own. It has been my passion for what I am learning and doing that continues to motivate me. I have a dream of working with individuals to improve mental health and overall well-being so that others are able to live out their full potential. It is my hope that after I graduate, I can begin the process of getting licensed and continue my work as a therapist in rural communities that are often underserved. Everyday I am inspired by the new adventure that awaits and by my passion for others that has led me to where I am today.

Shelby from Georgia
Rutgers University