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

Inspiration: what fills one with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something great! Inspiration for graduate school has been fueled by a mix of my story, passions, natural skill sets, and my desire to overcome the boundaries placed in my life. As an Occupational Therapist graduate student, I seek to be an inspiration and empowerment to all who have been placed in my path.

From a small town in South Florida, I was reared by a Cuban American family that came here to pursue opportunity and preserve family. I was raised by a single mother, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I was born and, instantly, I was placed in the role of caretaker. I had to learn to grow up fast, and face many challenges, yet my goals were to love and believe in the best for my mother. I remember dreaming of ways that I could give my mom a better life. I had even dreamed to become a Physical Therapist, but the constraints of finances and length of schooling held me back from pursuing that dream.

Throughout my twenties I had worked in various roles ranging from student life, behaviorism, non-profit, overseas missionary work, education, and mentoring, however, I had never quite landed on a satisfying profession. All I knew was that I was inspired A.) to see people reach their full potential B.) to live without stigma 3.) and to allow others to see and accept their own greatness.

My inspiration came to me at a low place when I was feeling defeated by my path and it’s lack of direction. I knew what I was good at but I couldn’t see how my skills sets could assist me in building a future for myself. Then one day my mother asked, “have you ever considered being an Occupational Therapist?” I was surprised that I never had! So I began to research this profession and see how perfectly it aligns with my skills, my values, and my dreams. So here I am pursuing my dreams. Here I am overcoming my obstacles. Here I am pursuing grad school.

Robert from California
Stanbridge University - Masters of Occupational Therapy