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

In a time where a microscopic particle has infected the world with fear of human interaction, a simple act of kindness can save the world from this disease. Famous philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau once said, “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” A quote that I find resonating in my everyday life. Transitioning into adulthood, I began to see the impact that kindness and positivity can have not only in my life but in those that I interact with. Kindness is infectious, kindness was given to me and therefore, I strive to spread that kindness to others. In my most recent work experience, I experienced firsthand the symptomatic effects of kindness of those in my workplace and in my patients.
My last day as a physical therapy technician came due to my recent acceptance into graduate school. That last day had and will have a tremendous impact on my life, I experienced something that will resonate in my professional career. As I approached the last hour of my last day, a patient that I met on the first day of my job came up to me to bid farewell. He then went on to tell me that the kindness and positivity I showed him throughout his therapy, had great impact on his road to recovery. The part I played in this patient’s recovery by spreading kindness was a small role, however, its significance was exemplified through the gratitude he showed me that day.
It might seem like a small feat on ones’ part, but a simple act of kindness be it a smile, a word of encouragement, or a small prayer can be the aid for someone’s road to recovery. Time and time again, the lesson of kindness and positivity has showed me that even in unprecedented times, acts of kindness will continue to heal. It is a versatile lesson that I can apply to every aspect of my life and shape me as a person, and my future as a professional. I chose to study physical therapy so I can make an impact on someone’s life, because someone made an impact on mine.

Nadine from Arizona
A.T. Still University