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

When I initially applied to the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh, I wanted to teach at the post-secondary education level. After finishing my Psychology program, I applied to Ph.D. programs in my area of interest. However, during this process, I began to get a nagging feeling that continuing doctoral training wasn’t truly where I wanted to be. All of my previous education wasn't for not, however, because I had discovered that my true passion lied in teaching. While discerning my next steps, I took a position in cancer research. Though I became astute at my job, I couldn’t stop thinking about my drive to teach. I jumped at chances to volunteer at my daughter’s school. Being in the elementary school environment sparked something inside me. I wanted to teach now more than ever, but not at the university-level. Instead, I wanted to become a certified elementary school teacher. The one problem that was holding me back was the financial burden that would come with additional education. Moreover, a substantial number of the programs I was interested in required class attendance during normal working hours. Attending these courses would not allow me to work full-time, which isn’t an option for my family. Although discouraged, I continued to research programs to find a way to go back to school. I was ecstatic to discover a program that would allow me to continue working full time while going back to school to be a teacher. I made the decision to leave a career in clinical research to take a job coordinating summer school. This served as one final quest to determine if I was still drawn to post-secondary education or if the K-12 education system was where my heart belonged. I have enjoyed the interactions I have with children but my desire to be in the classroom hasn’t dwindled. With these feelings in mind, I applied to Marian University and was accepted into their Master's in Education program that also grants a teaching license.

Sharayah from Wisconsin
Marian University