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

“Ok, don’t panic, it’s a mistake. The test is wrong.” These were the first things I thought to myself as I stared at the positive pregnancy test in my hands. I was twenty years old and a junior in college. My boyfriend and I had only been dating for four months, and the relationship could be described as rocky at best. But four tests later, the results were officially in, I was pregnant. Not knowing what to do or who to turn to, I looked within my school’s resource center to try and find answers as to what I should do, or at the very least, to find some support. However, all I was met with were blank stares and confusion. It seemed as though the school only promoted abortion, and had no other resources or support guides for other options like adoption or parenting. My school’s complete lack of resources caused a flame to ignite within me like never before. Suddenly, I knew what I had to do. My first course of action was to graduate early, so that I would not have to be in school while also managing to care for a newborn baby. I had my daughter, Noelle, in July of 2018, and I graduated from Eastern Michigan University in August 2018 with a degree in political science and psychology. From there I moved back home for a year while I applied to different graduate schools for a Master of Social Work program. I started my MSW program in September of 2019 at the University of Michigan, and I am currently set to graduate this December 2020. After that my career goal is pretty simple. I want to become a pregnancy options counselor specifically for college campuses. While the lack of resources and support at my undergraduate institution was appalling, it inspired me to go out and do something about it. That is why I am studying to obtain my Master of Social Work degree, so that no woman ever has to feel the same lack of support that I felt. I want to be there to assist and walk with her every step of the way, and support her decision, whatever she chooses.

Annaliese from Michigan
University of Michigan