Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
I grew up with two educators constantly discussing the importance of education and knowledge. We were constantly reading and learning. I went to college and with graduation looming, it came time to decide what I wanted out of life. A master’s degree enticed me and is a stepping stone to my ultimate goal: a Ph.D. I have found solace and comfort, challenges and tribulations, and my passion within the walls of universities and the books in the library. College showed me my path, and a graduate degree is a part of my future.
The heart of my reasoning lies within one key experience: my time studying and researching in Peru. I loved living with a host family, speaking Spanish, and trying the cuisine, but the most rewarding aspect was the research I conducted during the latter part of my time. I specifically studied government reactions to child malnutrition in the district of Cusco. I spoke with people from all levels of government, nutritionists, and locals. It was at this time I realized how impactful and important research can be. I was allowing people to express their needs in relation to malnutrition and giving them a sense of hope. The main reason I want to pursue a graduate degree is to continue the work I started in the Peruvian Andes. Malnutrition is a growing problem and research is the key. By pursing a master’s, I will continue this research and hopefully bring more people, funding, and awareness with me
Emily from Colorado
University of Denver