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

I graduated cum laude from the University of West Georgia in 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies. Upon completion, I began applying for Environmental Health and Safety jobs with the environmental aspect being the most appealing portion of the job description. I was hired into an OSHA VPP star site company where environmental operates separately from health and safety and would not be in my job description at all. i walked into my position with no knowledge of the processes or procedures of my new role and no formal education in the subjects making up the bulk of my responsibilities. I immediately set to work gaining as much knowledge as possible in order to be an effective, reliable and valuable asset to my company. I took advantage of every class and training opportunity that came my way. Through these opportunities and in the field learning, I have made vast advancements in my knowledge of the safety field; however I feel I am still far away from my full potential. This thirst for continuous improvement, the desire to be the best I can be in my current role and future responsibilities drove me to apply for my graduate degree and will motivate throughout obtaining that degree.

Kristen from Georgia
Georgia Institute of Technology