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

“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them,who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.” - Rita Pierson

As someone who has spent the past decade working with children and adolescents, this quote by Rita Pierson resonates deeply within me. I have tutored, coached, and interacted with children of various ages, backgrounds, and socioeconomic statuses. My work and volunteer experiences provided me with a deeper understanding and empathy for all of the children I have come in contact with. These opportunities solidified my passion for working with young people and have motivated me to pursue a career as a middle school guidance counselor. I hope to be the champion for these students; to be their biggest cheerleader, to develop meaningful connections, and to give them the tools and resources to become the best version of themselves.

Middle school is a critical developmental period for adolescents and I hope to help guide my future students through these formative years. As a middle school student, part of my curriculum included a course taught by my guidance counselor. Comprehensive Skills for Success allowed students to develop a relationship with the guidance counselor outside of behavioral and academic concerns. I think it is essential to establish a rapport with students outside of these issues, so that if a problem arises there is already a pre-existing connection and level of trust. My guidance counselor was a central figure in my life and I wish to leave a lasting impact on my future students as she did for me. It is my ultimate goal to guide these individuals as they grow socially, emotionally, and academically. I am confident that my education at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will provide me with the resources and tools to be a successful and impactful guidance counselor.

Taylor from Pennsylvania
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill