Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
As a child, I never stopped moving or learning. I participated in a variety of activities ranging from basketball to learning five musical instruments, cheerleading to theatre, and plenty more. My interests were continually evolving leaving me with a strong feeling of uncertainty with regard to my future. Despite my indecision, I was confident of a few things; I wanted to incorporate my affinity for American Sign Language and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community with my desire to work with children, as well as having a meaningful impact on those I encounter.
Two months before classes began, I made the decision to attend Central Michigan University after I had spoken with a friend’s mother about her experience in the speech-language pathology program at CMU. This field incorporated the aforementioned aspects that I wanted my career to include and shortly after beginning classes, a desire to learn grew inside of me that I had never before experienced so strongly.
In order to become a practicing speech-language pathologist, it is required to get master’s degree. Upon learning this, I was hesitant to continue on this path knowing that the only way to accomplish this was through student loans. Despite this fact, I was and continue to be eager to fully immerse myself in speech-language pathology and it’s possibilities. Looking forward, I am ready to serve the community in a versatile, innovative way by combining my past experiences with the expertise I will obtain throughout my graduate education.
Leah from Michigan
Central Michigan University