Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
I began my interest in pursuing my master's in architecture three years ago. At that time several of the admissions offices I visited, told me that I was not cut out for architecture, I should find another profession and that I did not possess the academic standards of those schools required. At that time, they were right. I was not ready, nor did I have any academic evidence from my undergraduate program to prove otherwise. Though the experience was humbling, it filled me with a fire that would drive me to work harder than I ever have. It inspired me to not only make up for my past mistakes but to prove, I am not only worthy of these programs but that I’ll excel beyond all expectations when accepted.
For the past three years that has been my mission, I have sacrificed everything in hopes of moving myself into a position to one day become an architect. I left my successful job at a tech start-up and devoted every ounce of energy I had into that dream. Determined to right the wrongs of my undergraduate performance, I enrolled in school and started two part-time jobs to make ends meet for my family. I threw myself into learning everything associated with the field and have developed a deep passion for my work.
This spring I was admitted into all of those prestigious schools who had rejected me three years prior and will be attending UCLA's school of architecture in the fall. With this degree, I plan on developing ecologically conscious buildings, helping to preserve the our environment, and leaving a lasting impact on future generations.
Chris from California