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

Looking back a few months ago, I never though I would be pursuing a career in teaching or a graduate education. As I got closer to finishing my bachelor's degree, my plans and aspirations for the future felt as if they were covered in a thick fog. I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue my graduate studies in the field of chemistry. While I was stuck in this haze, I came across an organization called Teach for America, a non-profit organization who aims to end educational inequity across the country and strives to provide an excellent education to students of all race, gender and socioeconomic background, regardless of their zip code. I finally felt a sense of hope, desire and motivation to be a part of their movement and the fog slowly started to dissipate. The demographic of students that Teach for America reaches is one that I can relate to. I grew up undocumented and in a low-income family. My immigration situation became a grim reality when I began the college application process in high school. I quickly realized that due to my status, I would not be eligible for federal or state financial aid to help defer the costs of obtaining a higher education. What made my experience even worse, was that I received almost no help from my school community in navigating through the process as an undocumented student. For a time, it seemed as if my goal of obtaining a college degree was impossible. I was discouraged and disappointed that all my hard work in school throughout the years would end there. Luckily, I persevered, and through my own research, came across some great opportunities that helped me pay for school. I know that this is the same reality that many undocumented and low-income students still face today, and I want them to be aware that there are people like myself who share a similar story and are there to help. Through teaching, I want to bring about the next generation of leaders. That is why i am pursuing a Masters in Teaching.

Hubert from New York
Rely Graduate School of Education