Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
These lessons were transformational: for the first time, I knew I wanted to pursue a career confronting the issues I learned about and I realized that nonprofit management would provide an excellent intersection between my interest in the public good and my personal strengths— research, writing, and critical analysis. As a History major with a concentration in Peace and Conflict studies, I attempted to learn as much as possible about systems of privilege and oppression, social movements, and the change-agents behind them in order to move closer towards my desired career path.
My experience in the nonprofit sector after college cemented my commitment to the field and my desire to develop the skills necessary to become an effective nonprofit leader. I am pursuing an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from NYU Wagner in order to give me the proper framework for a career in public service. It is my hope to pursue an MPA, no longer for the sole purpose of academic achievement, but in order that I may contribute effective solutions to the pressing social challenges around me and become a change-agent in my own right.
Deirdre from New York