Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
I need a graduate degree for more practical reasons as well. The bachelor’s degree is the new high school diploma; in order to even be considered for many positions I must have an advanced degree. This is particularly true in my home state of West Virginia, where history jobs are few and far between. Most jobs that do exist are as museum docents or archivists and pay very little. In order to become a director, curator, collections manager, or some other high-ranking position that I desire, I will need advanced levels of education to be able to compete in the job market.
It is my sincere wish that I can make a difference in the field of history. I firmly believe that I am qualified for a top-level history job in the state. Not only do I want to preserve West Virginia’s wonderful history, I also want to teach it to our citizens and use it to draw in tourists so that the outside world can learn to appreciate our beautiful state. To accomplish my goals I need to obtain a level of accreditation higher than what undergraduate programs can offer me. That is why I have chosen to continue my education with graduate school.
Steven from West Virginia