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

My undergraduate degree was an incredibly fulfilling experience. I attended a liberal arts college and found the sweeping coverage of all topics incredibly enjoyable! I read Socrates, took Astronomy, learned the math behind runoff elections, connected art to religion, and examined the endocrine system in other mammals. More than anything else, however, I felt I learned how to read and write. Upon graduating with my Bachelor's in Politics, I moved to D.C. to work at a nonprofit. Since then, I have worked for 3 nonprofits and have really found my calling! I intend to work in public service the rest of my career.

My education didn't prepare me explicitly for this field. There is so much more to learn and I am eager to discover it. Working in the field is not satisfying my hunger for knowledge- I get too caught up in the logistics of the job. I would love to have the wealth of information I crave so that I could be more impactful to the communities I serve. I believe my graduate degree will provide me with the education I want so that I am a specialist in nonprofit management. I'm looking to become an expert in the field, not just attend school to learn to read and write. There is a deep conviction in my family that education is imperative to progress, and I am honored and excited to be part of that progression.

Charley from Texas
University of Texas at Dallas