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

What drives me in my pursuit of a graduate degree is that I want to make a difference and help those who are enduring abuse and violence. I grew up with parents who were emotionally, mentally and physically abusive, and was repeatedly told that I would never amount to anything. By the time I was a junior in high school, I started running away from home to escape the violence. When I ended up in the emergency room a judge awarded the State of Maryland custody of me and I was placed in foster care. For the first time in my life I finally started to feel safe and stop having to live in survival mode. On my 18th birthday I requested, and was granted, emancipation from foster care. Despite all those years of trying to break me, my parents could not. I was able to break free, and do just about anything I have put my mind to. I moved to Delaware and enrolled at a high school for my senior year, walking two miles to and from school every day. After school, I worked full-time in order to pay my rent and buy food. I graduated from high school with honors and started my undergraduate at University of Delaware. I continued to work full time and earned both a Bachelor of Science, making Dean’s List several times, followed by a Masters of Science. Now I a rising third year law student at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, and I plan to pursue a legal career in domestic violence and child advocacy, and nothing will ever dim my passion for helping those most in need during their darkest times. I want to be a passionate light at the end of a dark tunnel for women and children experiencing abuse and neglect. I do not feel that life owes me anything. To the contrary, after surviving such a challenging upbringing, I believe that I have something to give back to life. I want to take my painful, negative experiences and find ways to help others. I want to make a difference and help those who are enduring abuse and violence.

Bronwyn from Missouri
Washington University School of Law (St. Louis)