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

I decidec to pursue a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling because I feel every person has the right to live in their healthiest mindset. I find the fleld of mental health extremly intersting and rewarding. When working with clients and seeing them reach the goals they set I cant imagine being in a different profession. During my first year in the program I have learned so much and get more excited every day. I grew up in a home where mental health was a never ending issue. However, as a family we refused to ask for help. I saw how much damage neglect to mental health caused and I hope to be part of the change. The stigma attached to mental health is one of the contribuiting factors to individuals avoiding reaching out for help. As a counslor and advocate, I want to make mental health more common in discussions just as physical health is. Coming into my undergraduate degree and learning of all the opportunities for help and careers within that, I knew I was fit to be a counselor.

Kate from Michigan
Central Michigan University