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

To get a degree or not to get a degree. When you are in my shoes sometimes getting a degree is nothing but a thought especially when you do not have family members before you that have done it, and you have no one to look up to either. Coming from a single house hold watching my mother struggle to keep a roof over my head and food in my stomach has motivated me. I want to make a living for myself and I want to give my kids and my family the best life. I also want to pursue getting this degree to give back, it’s not all about me but the others out there. I want to keep them encouraged to do what the dream of doing and never losing sight of pushing themselves to do what they want and be what they want to be.

TaTayana from Tennessee
Southwestern Illinois