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

I am a ceramic art student heading into a 3 year MFA program. My goal with my education is to be a professor of art. Simply put, my pursuit for higher education is centered around my love for clay, the excitement of teaching, and providing for my family.
As a senior in high school I discovered clay. I learned the basics of using the potter’s wheel, and this led me to a deep-seated love for functional art. With the right understanding and skill, this diverse material can be a great tool for self expression. As I have studied several different avenues of hand-made pottery and sculpture I have discovered that there are endless avenues to explore with this material.
After highschool I took a break from school and served a 2 year mission for my church. Though I was taking a break from school work I found no short supply in hard work. Whether soaking up the hot summer sun or getting frozen to the bone in the piercing winter cold The D.C. area provided me with plenty of doors to knock and people to visit with on the street. This is where I learned that I have a great love for teaching. I found a great sense of fulfillment from the teaching process. Seeing one's reaction at learning something new or considering a thing that they had never before thought caught hold of me.
At the center of all work towards gaining an education is my family. The most appropriate way to look at these three elements is that I like making ceramic art and I like teaching but I love my family. My wife works day in and day out to make sure that our 2 toddlers know and feel that they are loved. She makes sure that they are healthy and learning new things every day. In order for her to be able to continue that important work in our home we have decided together that me working towards a career in art education is the best way for us to take care of our family.

Jordan from Utah
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville