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

I grew up in a household of broken people living in a broken world. My compassion for this brokenness and my love for people is driving me to pursue a master’s degree in social work. I’ve seen first-hand the gaps that exist within mental health treatment and recovery. When my brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder during his senior year of high school my family stumbled through countless questions, unknowns, and episodes as we tried to learn what my brother needed to maintain stability. As I journeyed off to college to pursue a degree in engineering, I found myself instead drawn to the study of psychology, driven by a deep yearning to love my brother and family well. During this time my relationship with God deepened and I began leaning into opportunities to serve individuals fighting not just mental illness but addiction, homelessness, physical impairments, and a variety of health problems. I had the privilege of going on multiple mission trips focused on restoring and aiding various social conditions. These experiences further opened my eyes, growing my heart and passion for social work. Over the past year I have been working at a mental health and substance abuse treatment facility where I have never felt more at home. Working alongside clinicians and interacting face to face with clients has radically grown my desire to be a more integral part of improving the mental health community. I believe studying a Master’s in Social Work at Azusa Pacific University is the next step in achieving these goals.
As a social worker I want to be a part of the change that creates viable frameworks to support people suffering with mental health issues.  I also want to work directly with individuals suffering from persistent mental health disorders. It’s my passion and my goal to help create a cohesive, collaborative system linking providers, patients, and families in order to provide the best opportunity for recovery and lasting health.

Katelyn from California
Azusa Pacific University