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

In simplest terms, seeing others succeed in graduate academia and professional experiences due to postsecondary education are the two things that inspired me to take up a 2nd graduate degree. If there are any lessons to be gained from working in the professional industry for several years, it’s that it is lauded upon to be occasionally unorthodox or think outside the box. So, with that being written and before diving into the process of attempting to convince you (the reader) why I am a suitable candidate, allow me to address my low undergraduate GPA. I could make familial obligation excuses but ultimately in short, it was 100% my responsibility and it took me longer than I would have liked to grow up, mature, and begin taking schoolwork, my future and career seriously. Although hindsight is 20/20, mailing it in in the beginning of my undergraduate career is something I regret to this day, which is also why I now perform and live so there will not be regrets such as this in the future. Upon closer examination of my undergraduate transcript, I significantly and dramatically improved my GPA after the first couple years and quarters in undergrad.
Now in April 2019, I am lead author on my own journal publication in 3D Printing in Medicine and co-authored on over 7 publications in Journal of Neurosurgery, Spine, Journal of Biomechanics, and AANS. I have over 6 years’ experience in big pharma, medical devices, and a full academia setting with several post-doctoral/PhD candidates and the political, competitive climate they bring. I’ve worked on the research side for medical devices, testing out orthopedic implants and collaborating with the best orthopedic and neurosurgeons in the world. I also worked on the development side of big pharma, aiding in developing new HIV drug treatment. I am currently 1 of 7 (out of over 1000 applicants) Regulatory, Quality, and Operations Rotational Associate here at a large medical device company. I can say with the utmost confidence none o

John from New Jersey
Carnegie Mellon University