Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
I don’t have a heart breaking story of I’m doing it to save people or make a difference in the community; as a former Field Training Officer Paramedic for a county that runs approximately 100,000 9-1-1 calls a year, I have served my community and will continue to serve in a different health care profession. I don’t have an inspirational moment with a PA that lead me to my career path. And I don’t have to dig down deep to find a reason to attend a masters program; attending class 5 days a week and some days are 11 hours at a time doesn’t sound appealing to anybody.
What I do have is drive. I have a desire to prove to myself that I can do this because I want to; not because it’s required of me. I had a very successful career and could’ve kept going to director if I wanted. My point is I wanted to do something for me. Something challenging enough that will make me think it’s okay to drop out because I have a back up plan. I can always go back to being a paramedic, it’s a great career. I want to test myself to see if I can do this because I want to. I have an aspiration to practice medicine in an advanced specialized field and if I end up with my second, yet original, choice that’s okay too.
If I reach for the stars and fall on the moon it’s still a great place to be. So, back to my original statement. My biggest inspiration is me. I want to do this for myself not because I have some calling, burning desire, or am being mandated to do so. I want to get a masters degree because I can.
Victoria from Florida