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

The biggest inspiration I have to pursue my graduate degree is my parents and brother. My parents were immigrants who dropped out of middle school and have been working ever since. They always support my brother and I in our studies. My brother has graduated with a Masters in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. He is now almost done completing his Doctoral degree. To see him continue to push himself has set a standard for what I wish to accomplish. I am fortunate enough to have found a career I love. I will continue to challenge myself and push my boundaries. I will continue to be the voice for clients who are unable to speak for themselves, until they built up their confidence that is. I hope to continue to learn from amazing professors and make my parents proud. In social work we often preach to others about the importance of a support system. My family is my inspiration and I will make them proud.

Cristina from Nevada
University of Nevada, Las Vegas