Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
For a while, I thought that track was something that was both immutable and imperative. I always wanted to be a writer, but at the same time, I was terrified I wouldn't be able to make a living off of it. Like many people, I yielded for the sake of pragmatism. If I couldn't be a writer, I thought that becoming a journalist was the next best thing. So that's what I did or, at the very least, I tried to do.
I learned many lessons during my undergraduate career but perhaps the most important was that, although the fact-finding and story development processes were both interesting and rewarding, neither one of those things could replace the joy of creating my own stories. I still wanted to be a writer.
By the time I came to that realization, I already received my bachelor's degree and like most Americans, proceeded to get a job that was completely unrelated to my major. I was working in retail and on a whim decided to enroll in a creative writing class at my local university.
It was in that class I learned what a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing consisted of and it blew my mind. Not only would I have the opportunity to hone my craft but, I'd be able to do so in a community of fellow writers while gaining knowledge and experience of the writing and publishing process.
So what inspired me to pursue a graduate degree in creative writing? I guess the best answer is that it was just something I was bound to do. Regardless of how much I tested other ventures, I always came back to writing and being a writer. Pursuing my graduate degree is simply a step toward making my dream real.
Jo-Anne from Florida
Florida International University