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

I was inspired to pursue my graduate degree for many reasons. The first reason is for my children. I want to be an example to them that higher learning is a sacrifice, yet it is well worth it and no one can take it away. There are so many more doors that will open for you with a Master's degree. Second, I am a teacher struggling to make it. I do want my students to know that even I have to stay motivated and failure isn't an option. Lastly, I want to be an example. I work at a poverty-stricken school were kids may not have the best life. I want to provide the best experience for them in my classroom for the eight hours that they are with me. Having a Master's would allow me to have more money in my pocket so that I can make that happen.

Lacie from Louisiana
Grand Canyon