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

What originally inspired me to really take my academics seriously was an experience I had at a school assembly when I was in the fourth grade. I witnessed both of my older sisters achieve academic awards. Ever since then I think something intrinsically changed within me. Prior to this event, I was in comprehension reading because I was behind in my reading compared to my classmates. However, by the time I finished middle school I had achieved honor roll status which was a shock to many of my friends and classmates. I went on to high school where each year I remained on the honor roll and finished my senior year with 90% or greater in all my classes. At my high school graduation, I received a $500 scholarship for having the best grade in the Pre-Calculus class. During my undergraduate degree, I maintained a 4.0 GPA and finished at the top of my class. I really contemplated what was next for me after my undergraduate degree. I was considering going to medical school but there was something that was telling me that might not be the right route. My academic advisor pushed me to look into graduate school because she said it would be a shame for me to end my academic career with just my undergraduate degree. After extensive research, I stumbled upon the Masters of Business Administration with a concentration of Healthcare Management. This resonated with me. My two older sisters are currently completing their studies in pharmacy and in an occupational therapy. With this degree, I would be able to work with my sisters in a family practice. Having the opportunity to work with my sisters made me realize that this was the right degree path for me. They were the ones who inspired me to take school seriously and working with them would allow me to feel like everything came full circle. I would also like to be able to give back to my parents who have done so much for my sisters and me. Achieving a master’s degree will allow me to support my parents for years to come.

Tyra from Texas
University of Texas Arlington