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