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

Since I was a child, I’ve heard people say, “Go to school and get a degree so you can get a good paying job after college”. I never agreed with that statement. As I observed my surroundings, I noticed many of these people were miserable! They obtained degrees and accepted jobs that they hated and often complained about. I pledged to myself that I would never be one of those people; I needed a degree I loved.

Today, I am enrolled at my dream school, Oral Roberts University, pursuing a Doctor of Ministry. I remember hearing stories about the great movements Oral Roberts and Billy Graham incited across the world. These men helped and healed people in the name of Jesus Christ. I wanted to be that type of world-changer; a person who could relate to people, show them the risen Christ and help them reach their goals.

My choice to attend graduate school was a result of that desire. How would you feel if you fell ill, went in for a check-up, and the doctor couldn't identify or diagnose your symptoms? Would you still allow him/her to oversee your health? I'm certain your answer was no. You'd suspect malpractice and run for the nearest exit! This is my approach to ministry. I never want to ‘spiritually malpractice’ on people due to lack of education or information about their struggles and the symptoms that they are experiencing.
Obtaining a doctorate from one of the best schools in the nation for Christian professionals is a step I deem necessary to ensure I am properly educated and equipped in my field of study.

Education is essential to living and operating with excellence. The mantra at ORU is, “Make No Little Plans Here”, and that is something I take pride in living by daily. A person who is passionate about people, fueled by compassion for the needs of others, and supported by quality education is on track to become an unstoppable force of change in this world. A graduate degree from ORU will without a doubt propel me to 'be the change' I want to see in this world.

Courtney from Florida
Oral Roberts University