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

I have always loved to learn. For my undergraduate degree I majored in psychology because I knew it would be interesting and had broad applications. However, I wanted to get the most out of school while I was there so I took on three different minors: biology, biotechnology, and philosophy. I knew there was so much school had to offer and sometimes it bothered me that I couldn't take on more. Once I graduated, I realized I wasn't done learning. There was more I wanted to do that wasn't permitted with only a BS in psychology.
I found a program that matched my background and my professional pursuits; I love biology and genetics, but I also have a strong desire to help and inform others. I hope that the Master's degree in Public Health Genetics at University of Washington can help me fulfill both of these goals and allow me to have a positive impact on others and the field of healthcare.
I have been inspired to do these things because of the people that surround me. My mother always taught me how important it was to care for other people, and my father, an alcoholic, showed me what kind of help people need. However, the desire to go to graduate school came from my own drive to push myself and gain as much knowledge as I can, whether that be from new people or new classes or new experiences. I will be the first person in my immediate family to obtain a graduate degree and I will always be proud of that.

Jacklyn from California
University of Washington