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

“And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.” -Kurt Vonnegut
As the resident expert in any crowd of all things uncoordinated, I can assure you that I have
never accomplished anything without stumbling, bumbling, and falling. I gave up on college many
times because I didn’t think I was smart enough and because of a lack of financial support. My
father suddenly passed away and my mom left it up to me to go to college. I began the process by
taking out student loans and never felt like I was in the right place. I failed at countless attempts,
and switched my major several times.
I want to give students an education where they can feel comfortable and want to learn. I am
fully dedicated to becoming a FACS teacher, where I can teach students the necessary life skills
they can utilize out in the real world.
Family and Consumer Science has several areas I am enthusiastic about. I am passionate
about cooking and baking. Due to the lack of financial support provided by my family, I have been
working in a kitchen since fifteen years old. I started off making salads and desserts and worked my
way up to eventually becoming a waitress. My past job dealt with Interior Design and how to read
floor plans. I can’t wait to inspire students to design floor plans and to use creativity to express their
ideas and emotions. I have volunteered at a sewing school where I was able to work with young
teenagers to make different projects. I also volunteered at a baking school in Huntington where I
was given the opportunity to work with children who have disabilities. Having a strong passion allows me to push and inspire me to pursue my graduate degree!
Due to my financial situation, school has taken me much longer than I had originally
anticipated. The cost of education has been a struggle, but I knew getting an education would be
priceless. Being able to follow my passion, has inspired me to pursue my graduate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Jessica from New York
Queens College