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

Can a collection of diverse work experiences groom a person for the perfect career? I believe so. As a matter of fact, I am thoroughly convinced of this. As of the 2019, I have collected eleven plus years of unique work experience as a wellness professional. During the latter part of my undergraduate year, I discovered Occupational Therapy and became interested in learning more about the discipline. Although it was not feasible to seek a graduate degree in OT at the time, I was determined to pursue it as a career if I ever had the opportunity.
After receiving my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences, I obtained a temporary teaching certificate in health education. Eager to work, I was recruited to teach in South Korea. This opportunity was unrelated to health, but a chance to gain international work experience. To sum up my experience in South Korea: I discovered that I could make it in extreme weather conditions, teaching children was easier than I expected, and there are so many things to learn from other cultures—as well as share my own.
Before returning to the US I began preparing for the GRE and was accepted into the Master of Public Health program for the upcoming spring semester at the University of Southern Mississippi. I chose a concentration in Community Health Education because of my background in Health Sciences—I considered myself to be an empathetic, effective communicator, so my goal was to learn more about how to create health programs to benefit a variety of people and communities.
Approaching five years now, I have worked for the state government to promote and facilitate a healthy workplace initiative, which was launched to encourage and enable state employees to lead healthier lives.
I have always been an advocate for healthy lifestyle behavior change, while being a pursuer of diverse cultures. I am intrigued by learning new things, meeting new people, and I’m inspired by the prospect of making a positive impact as an OT.

Allison from Tennessee
University of Tennessee Health Science Center