Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
My ultimate goal is to make the greatest impact I can in improving other people’s lives. I want to give back what I was given as a child, to provide guidance and support to those who may not have it. I firmly believe I wouldn’t have achieved the level of success I have so far if it wasn’t for his presence in my life. I want to be able to give back and provide that same opportunity to others.
I was fortunate enough to pursue a higher education, a privilege that not many have. I decided to get my undergraduate degree in Psychology because I felt like it would support my values and goals. However, when I graduated, I was still uncertain of which direction to go. It wasn’t until I entered the “real world” with my first job out of college that the vision for my future career became clearer.
I worked in a Public Health setting and through this position, I found the social aspects that impacted a person’s health interested me the most. I had the pleasure to work with different people who had a background in social work and found that this career field aligned with what I wanted to achieve for myself, and further education through a graduate program is necessary to reach my goal.
Jennifer from California
Portland State University