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

Throughout the years, I have come to realize that my passion is helping people. I have many personal experiences that have inspired me to becoming a therapist. Some of the experiences include my best friend committing suicide, my youngest daughter attempting suicide, my 3-year-old granddaughter getting diagnosed with autism and my 2-year-old granddaughter having thyroid problems. Realizing how these situations affects my family; I wanted to find a way to help other families handle similar situations.
While trying to get help for my youngest daughter, my oldest daughter ran a cross a counselor that does equine therapy. After meeting this counselor and seeing her office and farm, I became really intrigued. She is a certified equine assisted therapist as well as a licensed clinical professional counselor. She does counseling, as well as helping people with emotional growth, learning, self-confidence and core strengthening. I finally realized that I found my passion. With living a couple hours away from my girls, I found a similar place to do volunteer work to see if I would like it. I was fortunate enough to find a non-for-profit organization and I absolutely love it. I was raised on a farm but did not know how much animals could help someone.
It took a few years, but I finally figured out that my dream job is to become a therapist. A lot of people are affected by loved ones going through depression, bi polar, anxiety, autism and much more. I would love to help people to overcome their pain and let them know that they are not the only ones in this situation.
Education is an important part of my dream job. Life experiences teaches you a lot but the education to back it will make it more powerful. Education will provide me with the resources that will teach me to recognize and assist people that are in need. Education will also help with organizing and making sense of my thoughts and feelings. Education will assist with finding comfort as well as

Sheila from Illinois
Northcentral University