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

Pursuing My Graduate Degree
The single biggest motivating factor that drives me in the pursuit of a graduate degree is the idea of being able to provide a future for my future children. The main reason that has drawn me to even thinking about pursuing it was the loss of my daughter in the fall of 2018. A few weeks after I lost her, I woke up one day thinking, “I want to be a teacher”. Since then, I have gone full force into trying to achieve my new-found dream and passion. I could not have gotten this far if it wasn’t for my boyfriend.
If it wasn’t for my boyfriend, I would have wallowed in the pain and loss of our daughter. He is the only person who was able to get me out of the state of shock and pain that I was in. He is my other motivating factor for pursuing my graduate degree. He has been there every step of the way; constantly pushing me to be better and because of him, I have gotten this far.
I have currently been accepted to Alder Graduate School of Education. I am so ecstatic, and I couldn’t be happier. I am looking forward to receiving my Master’s in Education so that I can inspire the minds of future generations to come. Once I complete my graduate degree, I will be able to show my peers and others around me that anything can be done if you set your mind to it. No matter where we go in life and no matter what life throws at us, we can always make it to the top.
I know I won’t be the same person that I was when I first started my academic journey. I will be a stronger, better version of myself. No matter what happens next in my journey, I know I will be okay because I have a great support system. I look forward to the next year or so. I can’t wait to see what else will come my way.

Eunice from California
Alder Graduate School of Education