Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
I have formed a business called Paraclete Life, LLC to teach and train communities on suicide prevention strategies. Paraclete is the Greek word for comforter, counselor, advocate, and guide. One who is called to your side. One who is greater than a friend. One who will journey with you, no matter how difficult the path. One who will "never give up." I want people and communities to learn exercises, practices, and disciplines that strengthen us during the challenging and difficult times of life. I will give presentations, talks, addresses, and life lessons on ways to foster hope, resiliency, and life.
Our world is in desperate need of hope. Twenty veterans die by suicide each day. One in five college students consider suicide as a way to escape their current problems. Military spouses have higher rates of depression when their service member is deployed. Half of parents report that they had no idea when a teenager considers suicide. And nearly 45,000 people die by suicide each year in America. We need to share more lessons on hope, resiliency, and life. We must find a way to support our friends and show them a way that instills life lessons to "never give up." I refuse to lose heart in the battles before us. I will work to end suicide and instill hope. I will never give up.
John from Kansas
Azusa Pacific University